Creative Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe

Let the countdown begin. So what are you going to do differently this year? C’mon, you know you have been thinking about trying something unique. Every year about this time, we begin to organize our thoughts about what will be on the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. We paint a mental picture in our heads and know exactly what every dish will be and where it will be placed on the table.  However, this year like most years, you want to wow your family, friends, guests and strangers. So, what are you going to do?

Looking for a great Thanksgiving Side Dish idea?

Here is a great suggestion that I am sure will keep them talking about you for years to come.. or at least until half time of the football game. We all know that the turkey is never really the big
deal at Thanksgiving. It is always the side dishes. Lets face it, we all know what turkey tastes like, so in reality, once we have that first bite, the love affair with America’s favorite bird is gone.
It’s now just another piece of poultry. But the sides can make you remembered as a superstar chef, with just a bit of imagination.

The key to a really good and unforgettable side dish is to keep it simple. It is also important to stay with the theme of the dinner. In other words, you may make the best BBQ baked beans in the world, but now is not the time to bring them out.

Let’s start with carrots. Most people are not in love with carrots mainly because they are never done right, but here is a recipe that will change their minds about carrots, for good.

Many years ago, I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner over at my sister’s house any her friend asked me to do some side dish. She said I could do anything I wanted. One of the recipe I made was a
dish called carrots with cream. I remember my sister looking at the casserole of carrots with major doubt until she decided to give them a try. One bite and she was hooked. She has asked me for the recipe a hundred times.

Today I have decided to give away another real great carrot recipe that I am sure will have your mouth jumping for joy. How about baked and glazed carrots with apples and honey cream. Sounds good? Don’t get discouraged, the name is much more fancy than the process.

Thanksgiving Holiday Side Dish


1 bag baby carrots, frozen
1 1/3 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 teaspoon honey
Salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cornflakes
1 can sliced apple
2 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Place your carrots into a sauce pan and simmer slowly butter. Season with a teaspoon of kosher salt and black pepper. Add your apple juice, honey and cream and let simmer for 15 minutes on low. Your sauce should reduce by 1/2. If you reduce too much, don’t worry, add some more apple juice. Make sure you reduce on low to prevent scorching.
  • Pour all of the carrots and the sauce in baking dish and sprinkle crushed cornflakes on top and then layer ths sliced apples on top of that. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degree f.

Food, Family and Faith are essence of Thanksgiving. I am sure all your friends and family will enjoy this Thanksgiving side dish each Holiday year.