18 Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for Your Sweet Spread
Be honest — if you have to choose your favorite thing about a Thanksgiving table, it might have more to do with the dishes sitting around the turkey than with the esteemed bird itself. Sure, we love a perfect roasted turkey and all the resulting leftovers, but nothing comes close to your family’s famous mashed potatoes smothered in gravy or your grandma’s cranberry dressing. If you don’t already have an arsenal of family secrets at your disposal, or you’re just looking to stir things up a bit this year, we’ve got you totally covered. We’ve gathered up the most indulgent and tastiest takes on the classics so your star turkey will have plenty of company on the table this year. Mix yourself up a fall cocktail and start making that grocery list.
1. Pumpkin, Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Bread Pudding: This special dish is everything we love in a holiday recipe. It’s full of seasonal produce, it’s decadent and it makes a perfect breakfast the following day. Enjoy! (via Climbing Grier Mountain)
2. Baked Sweet Potatoes With Maple-Meringue Topping: If marshmallows are feeling a little too basic, check out this meringue topping. We’re not sure if this counts as a veggie or a dessert, but we’ll take it either way. (via Katie at the Kitchen Door)
3. Harissa, Broccoli, Spinach and Wild Rice Casserole With Crispy Prosciutto: This dish could be a complete meal in itself. It’s loaded with green veggies, gorgeous wild rice and crunchy nuts and rounded out with savory prosciutto. Top it all off with a healthy serving of gouda and gruyere. This recipe is special enough for the holiday table, but you’ll probably want to work it into your regular meal rotation too. (via Half Baked Harvest)
4. Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad With Bacon and Pecorino: This one is hitting all the right notes — crunchy, crispy, salty and savory. It also holds up well, so you can prepare it and even dress it a few hours in advance. The dressing will soften the veggies and bring it all together. (via Sugar and Grace)
5. Wild Rice Stuffing With Turkey Italian Sausage, Hazelnuts and Cranberries: Using whole grains in your stuffing adds extra depth of flavor. It’s so good you’ll want to eat it straight from the pan — gravy optional. (via Cooking for Keeps)
7. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Apples, Hazelnuts and Brown Butter Vinaigrette: Raw Brussels sprouts can be delicious when they’re very fresh and thinly sliced. This salad is a fresh complement to all of those more hearty side dishes. You can clean and prep your sprouts a day ahead to save precious kitchen time on the big day. (via The Kitchn)
8. Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce: If you’ve never tasted homemade cranberry sauce, then now is the time. It’s so simple to prepare, and your entire house will smell divine. This is another one of those dishes you can go ahead and make a day or two ahead of time. (via Gimme Some Oven)
9. Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad: A fresh green salad is a breeze to throw together and a great way to incorporate all of those fall flavors and colors. Try persimmons or pears in place of the apples if you can find them in your area. (via Creme de la Crumb)
10. Crispy Sweet Potato Roast: It may take a bit of effort to prep your sweet potatoes like this, but if you’re brave enough to tackle it, the rest comes together in a snap. For extra flavor, serve it with an herbaceous salsa verde, as suggested in this recipe. (via Smitten Kitchen)
12. Extra Buttery Mashed Potatoes: Never underestimate the power of the potato. It’s a simple dish, but when done right it can tie the whole meal together. Your guests won’t care if the turkey is dry as long as they have creamy potatoes to cover it with. The secret ingredient in this recipe is herb-infused whole milk… and a generous helping of butter, of course. (via Bon Appetit)
13. Brussels Sprout Gratin: Sturdy Brussels sprouts get bathed in milk and gruyere and baked with pancetta until tender. It’s basically the best thing that ever happened to a vegetable. (via Simply Recipes)
14. Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans: Just because they’re traditional doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Pair your green beans with tempting toppings like toasted nuts, caramelized shallots and feta cheese. (via How Sweet It Is)
15. Parker House Rolls: Homemade bread is one of the simplest ways to elevate a meal, and these herbed Parker House rolls are a great place to start. Make another batch the following day for the most delicious turkey sandwiches. (via Williams-Sonoma)
17. Roasted Cauliflower, Beet and Farro Winter Salad: A hearty grain salad is a healthy alternative to some of the more traditional sides. It also gives vegetarians something a little more interesting than bread and potatoes to put on the plate. Not that we’re complaining about bread and potatoes… (via Joy the Baker)
18. Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble: Everyone’s favorite part of this classic dish is always the marshmallow topping. Take it to a new level with this crumble situation. It’s basically dessert for dinner. (via Saveur)
Do you have a favorite recipe that must make an appearance at Thanksgiving every year? Tell us in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com