You planned for a party of six and didn’t anticipate family members calling at the last minute to bring friends along. Don’t fret. There are plenty of tasty (and filling) side dishes you can make with products you may already have in your pantry and items you can grab during a speed grocery shopping trip.
It’s an oldie, but a goodie and making a comeback! Combine pistachio pudding with marshmallows, pineapple, pecans and coconut.
Dressed-Up Boxed Stuffing
Not a fan of the “just add water” mixes at the grocery store? Doctor up store-bought stuffing by adding crumbled sausage and herbs or top with oysters.
Sweet Potato Puree
This dish can be made on your stovetop while the turkey roasts. To make, first boil potatoes until fork tender, puree with some butter, cinnamon and honey and plate.
Green Bean Casserole
Blanche haricot vert, strain in a colander, add beans back to pot with cream of mushroom soup or cream of potato soup and heat on the stovetop. Pour mixture into a pan, sprinkle crumbled potato chips, breading or fried onions overtop and pop in a hot oven to broil.
Frozen Yeast Rolls
Slack, proof and bake in a cake pan, brush with butter and sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.
Roasted Whole Carrots
Preheat oven to 425 to 450 F. Wash and peel rainbow or other thin baby carrot. Toss in a mixture of olive oil and maple syrup. Place on a sheet pan and roast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Can be cooked while turkey rests.
Kale and cranberry salad. Top with pecans and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with a white balsamic or champagne vinaigrette.
Place turkey neck and wing tips in a pot over medium-high heat and brown. Add chopped onions, carrots and celery. Cover with water or stock. Let mixture slowly boil down for two to three hours (while turkey roasts in oven). When mixture is reduced by half, thicken with a cornstarch slurry. Alternative method: When turkey is done, remove it from the roasting pan. Add liquid to pan and place on the stovetop over medium heat. Blend mixture with a spoon. Skim off fat and thicken mixture with roux or a cornstarch slurry.