Here are some side dishe ideas to add to your Thanksgiving spread!
1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles: Wrap fresh asparagus spears with slices of bacon, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Roast in the oven until the bacon is crispy and the asparagus is tender. These bundles make for a flavorful and visually appealing side dish.
2. Green Beans Almondine: Blanch fresh green beans in boiling water for a few minutes, then shock them in ice water to stop the cooking process. In a skillet, sauté sliced almonds in butter until they're golden brown, then add the green beans and toss them together. Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper for a simple yet elegant side.
3. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic Glaze: Pan-fry Brussels sprouts with diced bacon until they're crispy and golden. Drizzle them with a balsamic glaze made by reducing balsamic vinegar and brown sugar until it's thick and syrupy. The combination of sweet and savory flavors is a delightful addition to your Thanksgiving table.
4. Ham and Cheese Scalloped Potatoes: Layer thinly sliced potatoes with diced ham and shredded cheese in a baking dish. Create a creamy sauce using a mixture of heavy cream, butter, flour, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce over the layers and bake until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown.