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Side Dishes

What’s served on the side is as important as the main dish itself! Which side dishes will feed a crowd? How can I spice up boring potatoes? We’ve got your stellar side right here.

Turkey FAQs
Dessert FAQs


Q: I love non-traditionally seasoned turkey (southwest, Mexican, etc.) but don’t want that flavor in my stuffing– any suggestions?
Q: My gravy is either too thick or too thin—what can I do to fix it?
Q: What vegetarian-friendly side dishes can I make that everyone will enjoy?
Q: What’s a good side dish to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner?
Q: What dishes can I make that will survive a 6-hour car ride?
Q: What party foods can I make ahead of time so that I’m not stuck in the kitchen when guests arrive?
Q: How can I make a large quantity of potatoes ahead of time?
Q: I am going to fix four boxes of scalloped potatoes; can I prepare ahead and bake later or do I have to bake them right away?
Q: I have boxed mashed potatoes and I want to add sour cream. Should I cut down on one of the other ingredients to allow for the sour cream?
Q: Can I make sweet potato casserole with a box of Betty Crocker Mashed Sweet Potatoes?
Q: Can I make Green Giant asparagus spears with cheese ahead of time?
Q: Do I need to use both pouches from my Betty Croker Mashed Sweet Potato box when making sweet potato pie?
Q: Can frozen beans be used to make green bean casserole?
Q: What non-alcoholic beverages can I serve that are festive and fun?
Q: I’m on a budget, what sides can I serve that will be enough for 8 people but won’t break the bank?


1) I love non-traditionally seasoned turkey (southwest, Mexican, etc.) but don’t want that flavor in my stuffing– any suggestions?

A.There’s a whole wide world of stuffing. See our Right Stuffing guide for tips and advice. To avoid the flavor of your turkey in your stuffing, make it in a separate baking dish or slow cooker and season as desired. Here are a few of our favorite stuffing recipes:
Apple Walnut Stuffing
Slow Cooker Chorizo Pecan and Cheddar Stuffing
Mushroom Stuffing


2) My gravy is either too thick or too thin—what can I do to fix it?

A.With a few quick tricks you’ll be able to save your gravy and turn it into something delicious. For extra help, we recommend Foolproof Gravy or Country Gravy.
Too thick: Add chicken broth instead of water, a little bit at a time, whisking until smooth. 

Too thin: In a small bowl add flour or cornstarch to some extra chicken broth. Whisk into gravy and let it cook.


3) What vegetarian-friendly side dishes can I make that everyone will enjoy?

A. Betty Crocker has a wide variety of meatless side dishes, here are a few of our favorites:
Slow Cooker Couscous Stuffed Peppers
Squash with Vegetarian Sausage and Rice Stuffing


Also, see question 4 in the Turkey FAQs for more great ideas


4) What’s a good side dish to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner?

A.It’s a good idea to ask the host what they will be serving so you can find a dish to compliment the menu. Each of these dishes pairs well with Turkey:
Slow Cooker New Potatoes and Spring Vegetables
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes With Applesauce
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Three Cheese Bake
Green Beans with Browned Butter
Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin


5) What dishes can I make that will survive a 6-hour car ride?

A.That’s tricky, but not impossible! Here are a range of options:
Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs With Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
Slow Cooker Cioppino
Slow Cooker Jamaican Pork Roast


6) What party foods can I make ahead of time so that I’m not stuck in the kitchen when guests arrive?

A. There are so many options when it comes to make-ahead party foods…everything from homemade Chex mixes to  meatballs, veggies, dips and more. For more inspiration see our do-ahead cooking strategies, and check out these yummy recipes:
Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Stuffed With Wild Rice and Cranberries
Appetizer Meatballs
Chex® Pumpkin Pie Crunch


7) How can I make a large quantity of potatoes ahead of time?

A.There are a wide variety of options, here are a few recipes to get you started:
Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Do-Ahead Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Ultimate Slow Cooker Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes With Applesauce
Slow Cooker Country Chive and Ranch Smashed Potatoes


8) I am going to fix four boxes of scalloped potatoes; can I prepare ahead and bake later or do I have to bake them right away?

A.You can prepare the scalloped potatoes up to 8 hours ahead of time. Just cover, refrigerate, and then bake as directed.


9) I have boxed mashed potatoes and I want to add sour cream. Should I cut down on one of the other ingredients to allow for the sour cream?

A.Yes, to do so replace some of the milk and butter with the sour cream. And for an extra creamy taste, consider trying Ultimate Slow Cooker Potatoes made with sour cream and cream cheese.


10) Can I make sweet potato casserole with a box of Betty Crocker Mashed Sweet Potatoes?

A. Yes! We recommend using our Streusel Pecan Sweet Potatoes recipe. It’s quick, easy and delicious.


11) Can I make Green Giant asparagus spears with cheese ahead of time? 

A. Sure! Just drain, pat dry then cover and refrigerate the asparagus for 8 hours or overnight. The day of, sprinkle with cheese and heat in microwave.


12) Do I need to use both pouches from my Betty Croker Mashed Sweet Potato box when making sweet potato pie?

A.Yes. Make both pouches as directed then use 1 3/4 cup of the prepared sweet potatoes to replace 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree in your standard sweet potato pie recipe. The remaining sweet potatoes can be served as a side or set aside for another use.


13) Can frozen beans be used to make green bean casserole?

A. Frozen beans are a great alternative to canned green beans. However, it’s best to thaw frozen vegetables before using for even baking results.


14) What non-alcoholic beverages can I serve that are festive and fun?

A. Try one of these delicious drinks that everyone can enjoy. Cheers!
Hot Cranberry Apple Cider – check out the how-to video!
Cranberry Spice Tea
Cranberry Punch
Mock Margaritas
Creamy Eggnog
Lemon-Strawberry Punch


15) I’m on a budget, what sides can I serve that will be enough for 8 people but won’t break the bank?

A. These yummy sides are not only budget-friendly, but they go a long way, too:
Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Green Beans with Garlic Butter and Walnuts
Bread Stuffing
Honey Glazed Carrots

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Marilyn-Betty Crocker said: Posted: 12/24/2011 5:54 PM
Hi Chauntia! Sweet potatoes make a great side dish. When are are not going to be mashed you do not need to add either vanilla or milk. They can be roasted or made in the slow cooker. Check out this great recipe; http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-cooker-sweet-potatoes-with-applesauce/1dceea16-d320-440a-96ad-45da9d12cac8#?st=6&term=sweet%20potatoes&ps=9&pi=9&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)
 
Chauntia said: Posted: 11/23/2011 11:33 PM
I am making yams for the first time and I want chunks not mash.... there are so many different recipes and ingredients I don't know what to choose from. I was going to add vanilla falvoring, but do I also add milk.. please help
 
Marilyn-Betty Crocker said: Posted: 11/19/2011 8:33 PM
Andrea, I think this is the recipe you are looking for. Sweet Potato Puffs and here is the link - http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/sweet-potato-puffs/60f22a99-cb7f-4cfd-bf26-a8e468225bfe#?st=6&term=Sweet%20potatoes&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)&ps=9&pi=9&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue).
 
Andrea Nolan said: Posted: 11/19/2011 3:36 PM
I saw a recipe today on your web site for "puffed" sweet potatoes. It could be cooked in small mounds or put it a pastry bag to make "rosettes". I did not print it then and now I cannot locate it. It sounds like a different way to serve a holiday staple. Can you locate it for me? Thanks so much Andrea Nolan mnolanfive@gmail.com
 
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