5 Delicious Northwest Side Dishes to Try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Are you dreaming of it yet? Holding a big turkey drumstick in your hand as you carve down a mountain of mashed potatoes and gravy into a luscious bed of pumpkin pie—why must we always wake up? But never fear, your Thanksgiving dinner dreams will soon be a reality with all your treasured family members and friends gathered around a scrumptious at the dinner table. Preparations for the biggest meal of the year can be stressful, especially when it comes to picking the side dishes. What should you serve this year and which sides go perfectly with that golden brown bird and buttery mashed potatoes? Hayden Homes has a few ideas for you, and living in the Northwest these particular recipes are cultural gems for this time of year.

1-Sweet meat squash
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This is a favorite amongst many Idahoans for its savory, sweet flavor. It is a silvery, bluish, pumpkin shaped squash and when cooked with butter, salt and brown sugar, it is an absolute delight served alongside your Thanksgiving meal.

2-Idaho Scalloped Potatoes
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You simply cannot have Thanksgiving dinner without a potato dish, but who says they have to be mashed? While it is a traditional way to eat them, scalloped potatoes are a huge hit with us Northwesterners. Sliced thin potatoes baked under a rich and creamy sauce can stand alone, save the gravy for your turkey.

3-Loaded Mac ‘n cheese
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Not only is macaroni and cheese a traditional dish in the United States but in recent years it has garnered new appreciation by heaping loads of other goodies on top like crispy onions, bacon, breadcrumbs and then of course, more cheese. As a side dish for your Turkey Day feast, this one blends perfectly and will be a huge hit with both children and adults alike.

4-Smoked salmon dip
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This one might sound unusual but in Washington, this is a favorite in many households. Being so close to the coast, as well as some of the world’s most phenomenal salmon fishing on the planet, it seems obvious why fish would go so well with turkey. Maybe the rest of the nation would be cringing but in Washington, we know our salmon and adding this little gem to the Thanksgiving spread makes the meal complete.

5-Green Bean Casserole
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This side is largely popular in the Northwest. The pairing of creamy sauces over green beans with that crunch at the end makes mouths happy. Some people add cheese, some leave it out. Whether you cheese it up or keep it plain, this dish deserves a spot on your table.

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