Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and food. Historically a celebration of the harvest, Thanksgiving centers on food that is shared. Nearly everyone has memories of their favorite side dish. No roasted turkey is dare served without mashed potatoes and gravy. Likewise, there are vegetables that inspire the traditionalist in all of us when it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving feast.
In the Thanksgiving season, sweet potatoes inspire thoughts of sweet potato pie, whipped sweet potatoes garnished with marshmallows and fresh candied yams. Though sweet potatoes make a delicious dessert, they also rise to the occasion when roasted with herbs and other winter vegetables, or when simply served alone with butter.
Winter squash often serves as a Thanksgiving table dressing, as well as a side dish. Butternut squash, buttercup squash, delicata squash, banana squash, acorn squash and, of course, pumpkin are just some of squash that can be used in pies, pastas and casseroles at your Thanksgiving dinner.
Green beans are a side that no Thanksgiving meal is complete without. Green bean casserole, whether you top it with fried onions or tater tots, is a staple of the Thanksgiving table. Green beans are also tasty all by themselves--steamed and salted--adding a splash of color to your feast.