The Thanksgiving Sides You Know and Love Made Better With These Ingredients

Your Thanksgiving table is getting an upgrade.

When a holiday revolves nearly entirely around food, the pressure is on to nail it on Thanksgiving day. But, if the thought of being responsible for the bird on the big day stresses you out, sweet and savory sides just might have your name written all over them instead.

While usually a less stressful undertaking than the turkey, sides are essential to the dinner table and to many, arguably the best part of the meal. This year, we’re sharing some fun products and ingredients to add to your tried-and-true Thanksgiving staples that will shake up your sides but still have grandma coming back for seconds.


Try it with: Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and jalapenos

When you think of Thanksgiving sides, chances are stuffing is at top of mind. This year, consider making “stuffins” aka stuffing bites in the shape of muffins. Simply follow your favorite stuffing recipe and bake in a muffin tin to make the side a bit more shareable. Want to get really fun? Add in some extra sharp cheddar cheese and jalapenos to deliver a spicy kick to this favorite. 


The next Thanksgiving must-have on the list...

Try it with: Land O Lakes Maple Me Crazy™ Butter Spread

The next Thanksgiving must-haves on the list are potatoes. Whether your dinner table calls for mashed, au gratin, or sweet, you really can’t go wrong with this starchy side. For all those sweet tooths who simply can’t wait for dessert to get their fix, a spoonful of melted Maple Me Crazy™ Butter Spread over sweet potatoes will add in a rich maple flavor that’s basically a taste of fall with every bite.


Try it with: Mike’s Hot Honey

Your Thanksgiving table is likely loaded with any number of veggies, but if cornbread pudding is one way in which your family gets a dose of veggies (and lots of yummy carbs and starches, too!) try switching things up with a bit of a kick. A little drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey will take your family cornbread pudding up a notch.


Try it with: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Shortcut Spice Sampler

You can really apply this ingredient to the green of your choice (asparagus, brussel sprouts, green beans, you name it), but opt for unique seasonings for your roasted veggie dish this year. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen has a sampler set of four pre-made spices that would normally take a whole kitchen pantry to nail. Although this set includes Shawarma Style, Chili Garlic, Cracked Black Pepper + Citrus, and Jamaican Jerk, we imagine a few teaspoons of Cracked Black Pepper + Citrus over your roasted brussels sprouts or mixed into a green bean casserole would hit the spot.


Try it with: Land O Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread

What’s Thanksgiving without everyone’s favorite carb, the dinner roll? Give your guests something to talk about with options galore this year. Set out a pat of Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread to take your dinner rolls from traditional to legendary.


Try it with: Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter 

This traditionally fall appetizer is already a unique side for a Thanksgiving feast, but it just might be time to upgrade it even more. Enter Trader Joe’s fan favorite Speculoos Cookie Butter. To take this already divine mixture to new heights, simply follow your favorite fall baked brie recipe and add a dash of Cookie Butter to your puff pastry for the ultimate chef’s kiss.


Dessert (cough, cough, pie!) 

Try it with: Smashmallow Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows 

OK, OK, it might not technically be a side, but pie is an essential at nearly every holiday gathering. Smashmallows boast a number of different unique flavors, but vanilla, cinnamon churro, and pumpkin pie stand out among the crowd. Grab a bag of these naturally sourced, non-GMO marshmallows to top your favorite dessert. Not a pie fan? Plop a mallow in your hot cocoa for a boost of flavor.


What's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to spill your favorite products for preparing them!

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