Thanksgiving side dishes take center stage in this roundup of savory and delicious Thanksgiving recipes, with bacon as the star ingredient!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes with Bacon You Can Make
1. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Apple Cider Dressing
Bacon makes breakfast, burgers, and even desserts better. So it's pretty clear it will make your Thanksgiving side dishes better, too. These roasted sweet potato wedges tossed with cranberries, pecan, parsley, and warm bacon, then drizzled with apple cider dressing, is pretty simple, but incredibly delicious.
2. Balsamic Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts
These are tangy and crunchy brussels sprouts smothered in a bacon-y, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar glaze. Crispy, delightful, and your picky eaters will probably be “eating their vegetables“, this time around.
3. Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
You will want this savory and filling sweet potato with bacon recipe on Thanksgiving and beyond. Add your favorite cheese for a flavor explosion.
4. Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Puts the star (bacon, of course!) front and center. Don't worry ladies, this veggie side dish is man-approved–just ask my boyfriend. Make sure to blanch the green beans perfectly for a succulent, picture-perfect presentation on Thanksgiving.
5. Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is a staple of warm and filling Thanksgiving meals. A dash of cinnamon in this dish makes the flavors pop! Learn how to put together this Paleo-friendly Thanksgiving side dish here.
6. Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon
This a great side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner or about a zillion other meals, whatever the occasion. Corn is part of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu, but take it a notch higher with this special side dish recipe.
7. Loaded Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole
Cream, cheese, and bacon are a glorious trifecta of delicious and filling Thanksgiving casseroles. Stop dreaming and drooling and satisfy your cravings with the recipe here.
8. Bacon and Caramelized Onion Mac ‘N' Cheese
Last year I made bacon and caramelized onion mac ‘n' cheese, and it was the first dish to disappear. My boyfriend's parents were impressed and, needless to say, I'll be making a triple portion this year. Trust me, you want this in your life and in Thanksgiving when the weather turns awfully cold.
9. Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin
Eating your vegetables has never been more gratifying with this cheesy cauliflower au gratin recipe. Don't sacrifice your diet but opt for healthy Thanksgiving sides instead.
Still not baconed out? Make bacon the ultimate guest of honor this Thanksgiving and serve a bacon wrapped turkey. Learn how to smoke a bacon-wrapped turkey in this video from Robert Tellez:
When people think of Thanksgiving dinner, they immediately think of TURKEY. But, these bacon-packed Thanksgiving side dishes are in for a fight to take center stage and probably contend with the turkey in the flavor department. In order words, these Thanksgiving side dishes could steal the show. So try them out and wow your family and guests!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 15, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.