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5 Make-and-Take Sides for Thanksgiving On the Go - Recipes from The Kitchn

5 Make-and-Take Sides for Thanksgiving On the Go - Recipes from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 11, 2017

Growing up, nearly all Thanksgiving dinners were spent at my grandma's house, and in classic potluck style; everyone brought the sides and desserts so her only duty in the kitchen was the turkey and gravy. For me, this meant a morning making several dishes we could easily pack up and that would handle the drive to our holiday dinner.

This year I am drawing on all those helpful tips I have picked up throughout the years as I ready to prep some of these delicious dishes. No matter what your schedule or how far you are traveling, these five make-ahead Thanksgiving sides are sure to wow the crowd around the table.

1. 15-Minute Parmesan-Thyme Mushrooms: The Ultimate Last-Minute Side Dish Everyone Can Eat

If you have a tendency to procrastinate (guilty!), this side dish has your name written all over it. Just 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients are all you will need to bring this crowd-pleaser to life.

A hard sear in a large, hot skillet leaves these mushrooms with an even richer, meatier flavor. Then they get a splash of wine, a sprinkle of thyme, and a generous dusting of Parmesan take them over the top.

2. 3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes: For When You Want Something Simple and Easy

Bringing a side dish to Thanksgiving does not have to mean picking up a long list of ingredients and spending a ton of time in the kitchen. When your schedule demands something simple that comes together in a flash, these garlicky roasted potatoes will do the trick every time. They are different enough from the mashed potatoes that no one will worry about having double potato sides.

The thick chunks of red potatoes are coated with a slick of olive oil and a generous sprinkle of garlic powder, then roasted either the day of, or up to a couple days ahead. Pop them in the oven to reheat and bring back those crispy edges. Then right before serving add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to make them really pop.

3. Make-Ahead Creamy Mac & Cheese Casserole: For When You Need a Comforting Casserole That Travels Well

4. Baked Corn Pudding Casserole: An Updated Casserole for a Traditional Thanksgiving Spread

5. Buttery Cheddar Herb Rolls: The Make-Ahead Side That Can Travel Near and Far, and Does not Need Reheating

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