5 Southern Sides You MUST Have at Your Thanksgiving Table

We all tend to have our traditional family Thanksgiving dinners. Over the years we perfect our recipes, and learn new tricks, but we basically have a good idea of the main course: turkey (and sometimes ham)! However, my family always tends to struggle a little to decide what sides we want to choose when it comes to all the many possibilities.

In order to alleviate some of that holiday stress, we’ve chosen five of the best sides for you to include in your Thanksgiving feast this year. Not only that, but we have chosen the five that will best suit your surroundings while you are vacationing in Emerald Isle: five southern sides that you must have at your Thanksgiving table this year!

Pull-Apart Rolls

At any Thanksgiving feast, bread is essential. Whether you are using it to soak up the delicious turkey gravy, or simply to eat with spread butter, rolls are a favorite Thanksgiving side. However, bread can be terribly tricky at times: trying to get each roll the same size and figuring out the best timing so that the bread doesn’t rise too much or not enough. Luckily, we’ve found a great bread roll recipe that alleviates both of these problems. This particular yeast roll is great because all you have to do after proofing the yeast (to make sure that it will rise properly) is to form balls of dough and throw them into a pan. After baking these, they will bake together making perfectly golden brown pull-apart rolls that are the perfect southern side to your Thanksgiving feast in Emerald Isle.

Sweet Potato Casserolesweet-potato-casserole

Did you know that the North Carolina state vegetable is the sweet potato? If that tells you anything about the south it should be this: we LOVE sweet potatoes. We especially love sweet potatoes when they’re baked with cinnamon and other spices, and topped with marshmallows and praline crumble.

It almost becomes more of a delectable dessert than a side, but with a hint of black pepper to cut the sweetness just a bit, it’s the perfect, traditional Thanksgiving side. You can also substitute candied yams for this recipe, but you really can’t go wrong with some locally grown sweet potatoes from Garner’s Farm or other farmer’s markets.

Follow this amazing sweet potato casserole recipe this Thanksgiving.

Green Bean Casserole

In our house, the green bean casserole is one of the first things to go. It’s definitely one of our favorites and even my little brother (who despises vegetables) will have a big helping on his plate every Thanksgiving.

Basically, you take the goodness of green beans and add the extra southern goodness of cream of chicken soup and French fried onions to top it all off. Green bean casserole is a staple side in the south especially around the holidays. You aren’t a proper southerner if this doesn’t make it to your table. So, when you are visiting Emerald Isle for your Thanksgiving vacation, you’ll definitely want to make this Delicious Green Bean Casserole recipe. And for those of you who are a little more adventurous, try adding a little bit of bacon to the onions, or some almonds for an extra crunch. Yum!

Scalloped Potato Casserole

If you haven’t already noticed, we love us some casseroles here in the south! You really can’t go wrong when you throw all of your favorite things in a big pan and bake all the goodness together. This scalloped potato casserole is no exception!

Though most people (even us here in the south) like to have some good old-fashioned mashed potatoes, we really can’t resist a scalloped potato casserole. You can grab some farmer-grown potatoes to make your side even better and then follow the recipe on this website for a delicious casserole to place on your table this Thanksgiving.

This Scalloped Potato Casserole recipe also includes how to make this casserole au gratin which adds some delicious baked sharp cheese and cracked pepper on the top of the potatoes to really give your scallop potato casserole a kick!

Macaroni and Cheese

Now, we all know and love Kraft macaroni and cheese, but this recipe definitely isn’t your store-bought five minute meal. This is a classy, deliciously southern side that will sure to be the thrill of your Thanksgiving spread (especially if there are any kids at the table!).

If macaroni and cheese wasn’t already a super southern side dish, we are taking it to the next level with this recipe as we add whole milk, Velveeta cheese, and straight-up butter. This is soul food, people. Leave all of your calorie counting at the door and enjoy! Check out this Southern Style Mac and Cheese recipe and get some tips to really perfect it on this website.

We hope that you will try all of these delicious sides this Thanksgiving as you enjoy your vacation in Emerald Isle. For more recipes, tricks, and tips, you can check out this website to complete your southern-style Thanksgiving menu!

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