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Top 5 Thanksgiving Sides

Top 5 Thanksgiving Sides

I know we all have our favorites.  I also know each family has different sides they bring out for the holiday. So, I know not everyone will agree with my list.  Just hear me out.  These are tried and true for every year we have celebrated.  Perhaps they may give you some ideas for new things to try.

1. Cheeseball

Most of the time I am not into soft spreadable cheese, unless it is on a bagel.  But this one is different.  It is a mix of cream cheese, butter, and blue cheese.  With those two and other additions plus rolled in walnuts; it is delectable.  Paired with ritz crackers and a good drink, why would you need anything else?  My mom would have it out as an appetizer while we waited for the main dinner.  

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Cuisine
    • American
  • Course
    • Appetizer


    • 8 oz. package cream cheese
    • Blue cheese to taste
    • 2 Tbsp butter (or margarine)
    • Chopped Olives (medium sized black olives 1 can)
    • 1 Tsp garlic powder
    • Chopped walnuts (enough to cover the outside of the ball)



Mix together cream cheese, blue cheese and butter until completely mixed.  You can use a mixer, but your hands work just as well.


Add in the chopped olives and garlic powder to the mix.  Mix well.


Form into a ball and roll the outside with chopped walnuts.  Chill in the fridge overnight.

You can easily tweak the recipe to add more cream cheese or blue cheese.  It is all according to your taste.  Goes well with some Ritz crackers.  Enjoy!

2. Marinated Brussel Sprouts

Yes, they are not the first thing you may think of that would be good.  Heck, even when we are steaming them, they stink.  However, after they marinate overnight and another half of a day, they are just awesome.  My son loves them, and we have never had a complaint.  So, we must be doing something right.  Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.  

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Ready in1 Day
  • Cuisine
    • American
  • Course
    • Appetizer
    • Side


    • 1 pkg 10 oz frozen sprouts (I prefer to buy fresh ones as they come out so much better)
    • If you buy fresh about a pound, depending on how much you want.


    • 1/2 cup Tarragon Vinegar
    • 1/2 cup cooking oil (vegetable is fine)
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 2 Tbs. thinly sliced scallions (green onions)
    • 9 Tbs. Sugar
    • 1 Tsp. Salt
    • Dash of Tabasco Sauce

Cooking the Sprouts


Cut the brussel sprouts in halves.  You can either steam them in a steamer or put them in the microwave with some butter.  Steam until soft (stick a fork or skewer in them and if it is easy to push through they are done).


Place cooled sprouts into a ziplock bag and pour marinade over them.  Seal and place into the fridge.


Turn them over every few hours and let them marinate over night.

This recipe can again be tweaked depending on how much you need or like.  Great addition to the table on Thanksgiving!

3. Chestnut Stuffing

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Michelle Latinovich November 14, 2022 at 3:47 pm

I am loving this post because you have shared some different Thanksgiving sides than what I have made in the past. Those brussel sprouts look delicious & I have no doubt that the chestnut stuffing is amazing! Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes!

GCataldi November 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them!


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