5 After 5, Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving's only a week and a half away!  Are your taste buds already salivating at the thought of all that yummy food?  Are you more of a main dish person, or like me and all about the sides?  Share your favorites here at this week's edition of 5 After 5!

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was your 5 favorite podcasts and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes

I've never actually been a huge Thanksgiving-food person, but with all the ridiculous amount of food my family brings to the gathering, there are still some dishes I have to have:

1.  Mashed Potatoes

G is a mashed potato purist.  He wants them plain (or "normal," as he calls it) and turns his nose up at any variance to that.

I like them plain, too (A lot. A whole lot.), but I also like them with pretty much anything you can add.

My favorite add-ins? Garlic (of course), black olives, spinach, mushrooms, cheese...pretty much any food I like is fair game!

2.  More Mashed Potatoes

Mmmm...bacon...even better with bacon...

Seriously, everybody else better get their fill of the fluff right away, because I'm taking the rest for myself!

3.  Black Olives

This may seem like a weird side dish, but in our family, Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a little dish full of black olives sitting there amongst the other goodies.

I usually have to fight my cousins for these - and of course you have to eat them in the correct manner of jamming them on your fingers first!

4.  Ham Roll-Ups

These and deviled eggs are a requirement at pretty much any family gathering.

My grandma always made ham roll-ups (you take a slice of ham - the cheap lunch meat kind - slather it with cream cheese, then roll it up around a green onion and slice it into sushi-type coins), but now my cousin has taken over the tradition.

Poor thing knows she can't show up to a gathering without a tray (or two...or three) of the things.

I am dead serious about that.

5.  Broccoli Cheese Bake

This is something I discovered years ago, maybe even on the first Thanksgiving that I did on my own.  It's not necessarily Thanksgiving-y (completely an adjective, and don't you deny it!), but it is delicious!

If we don't skedaddle out of town for the big meal this year, you can be sure I'll be making it - in all its puff-pastry, cream of destruction soup goodness - and I'll be sure to share it here!

For next week:

List 5 of your Thanksgiving traditions

Are all the football games a highlight of your day? Is the Macy's parade a must in your house?

I can't wait to hear what traditions are on your list - maybe I'll add a few of them to mine!

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  1. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa which is such a pity. It might make us realize just how much we should be thankful for. Loving your side dishes Lisa and I'm definitely going to be making some of those ham sushi roll things. They sound easy and so yummylicious

  2. We do black olives too, and thanks for mentioning them because I have forgotten to buy them! If I set the dish on the table too early, they disappear before dinner!

  3. Mashed potatoes and gravy definitely top the list. I love a great salad along with the meal too. The ham Roll-Ups are a favorite of ours, we demolish trays of them too. I love a fresh cranberry sauce with orange juice and a bit of zest. This year I'm taking my fig Jam over brie cheese and a great Caesar salad with some blue cheese chunks on the side. Absolutely delicious. My mom makes the broccoli cheese and rice casserole we all love it. And you can't forget the green bean casserole. Yum! it is definitely all about the side dishes!

  4. I am definitely all about the sides too, the stuffing is my absolute favorite. We make a different version of your ham roll-ups, using pickles instead of green onions. :) Thank you so much for linking up to Funtastic Friday!