Thanksgiving 2018 at the Schreier household will live on in infamy. TBH, I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to talk about it, but as I look at sheet pan Thanksgiving sides to prepare, I'm feeling more and more hopeful. For my family, not only was last year my son's first Thanksgiving, but we were still in the throes of his 4-month sleep regression, and we decided to host because it would be "easier" with the baby's nap schedule.
Y'all. I guess not all was lost because I roasted a killer turkey , but not only did my son miss his nap, but my beagles started aggressively fighting as soon as we sat down to eat, which made the baby scream and cry in horror, my mom scream and jump up to grab him — knocking over his entire high chair and her chair — which then made her cry because she thought she hurt one of the dogs, and then me crying because I was exhausted and I couldn't believe this was all going down right when I was about to eat.
Phew. But OK, the other disaster was that I decided to make an autumn harvest side dish with Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potato, squash, and turnips roasted in bacon fat with chopped bacon in it. I thought it sounded delicious and was a nice change of ingredients from our typical southern Thanksgiving side fare, but oh boy, was I wrong. My parents barely touched it, and my mom just ate all the bacon out of it. So my husband and I had leftover "autumn harvest side dish" for days and days.
The bonus is that sheet pan dishes are easy to clean up, and if your family isn't picky about their Thanksgiving side dishes, you'll want to try one of these easy recipes. Maybe don't share with the beagles though.
1. Roasted Beet & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash
2. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios & Cranberries
When I was a kid, I never thought Brussels sprouts would end up being one of my favorite vegetables. But here we are. And Five Heart Home's balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts with pistachios and cranberries will make a believer out of anyone.
3. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chile-Lime Yogurt
4. Warm Autumn Roasted Vegetable Salad
So this warm roasted autumn salad from How Sweet Eats looks a lot like my autumn harvest side dish I made last year. I'm sure your parents will like it and eat it though.
5. Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese & Pomegranate
Another side dish that looks absolutely beautiful, but it is super simple to make. Wholefully really hit it out of the park with this sweet potato crostini with goat cheese and pomegranate recipe. It's as simple as slicing potatoes, tossing them in olive oil and other spices, then just adding toppings. Yum.
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Squash with Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette
This roasted Brussels sprouts and squash with dried cranberries and dijon vinaigrette recipe from A Beautiful Plate has your salt, your sweet, and your tang all in one delicious bite.
7. Sheet Pan Mac & Cheese
8. Apple Cider Roasted Squash
9. Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale Bake
10. Cider Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables
Cider and root vegetables — the perfect combo for any fall meal, but definitely for Thanksgiving dinner. This cider glazed roasted root vegetables recipe from Jen Elizabeth's Journal tastes decadent and special, while still being super easy to make. The apple cider you glaze in a pot while the veggies are roasting really make this dish unique.