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Last Minute Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts Roundup

Thanksgiving is 3 days away – are you ready? If not, no worries- there’s still tons of time to make this special holiday shine. I wanted to provide a brief rundown of my favorite Thanksgiving sides and desserts, all of which are available here on Total Noms.

These are dishes that to me, practically ooze holiday warmth whenever I have them. I sincerely hope they add some of that warmth to your table as well!

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

To kick off the sides, let’s hand everyone a scoop of bacon and roasted garlic-loaded mashed potatoes. These are surprisingly easy to make, and loaded with amazing flavors.






Seasoned Fanned Potatoes with Cheese

… or perhaps you’re more of a cheesy Hasselback potato kind of family? These spuds are fun to make and customize and make all your own. Plus who doesn’t love some cheese with their taters?






Roasted Brussels Sprouts

When it comes to vegetables, you cannot beat my favorite roasted brussels sprouts. I think these are the best possible preparation for these often underrated vegetables, and will really make your holiday dinner something special.





Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Sage and Brown Butter

Nor should you overlook this delicious seasonal butternut squash risotto. I LOVE squash around this time of year, and I think the brown butter that’s infused throughout the risotto makes this one of my most favorite ways to serve rice as a side.






Now onto my personal favorite part of Thanksgiving: the desserts!


Sweet Potato Pecan Tartlets + #PiePartyGE

These are absolutely perfect treats for a Thanksgiving feast- with a pecan crust and a hint of bourbon, you need to check out these Sweet Potato Pecan Tartlets!






Mini Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumbles are such a fun and easy way to give everyone at your table their own individual sweet treat. These are also a cinch to throw together and prepare beforehand, and heat in the oven while you’re devouring turkey so you have dessert ready right away!







apple crisp

Come on, there is nothing more American than this delicious and deceptively easy dessert. Apple Crisp is one of my favorite desserts of all time, and it only gets better when apples are in season right around this time.







Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Clouds

These chocolate dipped pumpkin clouds are the ultimate Thanksgiving cookie- sweet, soft and chewy cookies topped with deep, dark chocolate shell. A perfect way to top off a perfect feast!








As for the main event, I always HIGHLY recommend Alton Brown’s brined roast turkey recipe. I made it last year and while it does involve some extra legwork and time in making the brine, it’s so worth it for perfect turkey.

What are your favorite sides and desserts?

Happy Eating 🙂

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Woah. It’s Thanksgiving next week. Have you finalized your menu? Luckily, this year I’m only responsible for dessert, but last year when I hosted the whole shebang, these babies were one of my favorite sides.

I know, brussels sprouts, right? Blah. Every child’s worst nightmare. Who goes around doing a dance for brussels sprouts? I don’t even think Belgians love brussels sprouts.

Well, SURPRISE! because these are the best things ever! All thanks to Ina Garten, who likens these to french fries in her recipe on Food Network. French fries. Yes. Something we can all get down with. Or do a dance for. OK fine, I like to dance about vegetables.

This is an amazing side for Thanksgiving or any dinner. I love them with a nice roasted chicken or turkey, alongside a standing rib roast, or even just on their own. They come out with a flavor that is seasoned, caramelized and salty, and are so good that any memory of the dreaded bitter flavor of steamed brussels sprouts is immediately replaced with instant satisfaction and cravings for more.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Serves: 4

  • 1½ lbs Brussels sprouts (whole or halved, your preference)
  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Trim your sprouts- this means removing any yellow or brown outer leaves, and trimming the stalks off the bottom. Toss in a bowl with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Place seasoned sprouts on a baking sheet, and spread out so that they are in a single layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, checking in every 15 minutes to either shake the pan or flip the sprouts with a spatula so they don’t burn.
  4. If you’d like, season with more salt once cooked and toss again, then serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe from Ina Garten on Food Network.

High in Vitamin C and fiber, and low in calories, these are a great way to “indulge” in a yummy side during the holidays. I’m definitely hoping these are on the table this year, when we head to my parents’ house for prosicutto-wrapped turkey breast. Wait, let me repeat that- Prosciutto. Wrapped. Turkey. Breast.

Pardon me while I go make myself a sandwich- typing that out made me even more hungry than usual!

Happy Eating 🙂

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Loaded Mashed Potatoes
I know, I know, it’s still summer. Who wants to eat hot potatoes when there’s so much fresh and cool fruit and vegetables to be had? But sometimes, you just need some comfort food. Something that screams cozy, happy, warm nights at home. Something that’s filling, something that’s wholesome. Something with roasted, garlic cheese and bacon in it.

Oh, that’s right. I’m not done with bacon just yet. And to add delight to deliciousness, we’re throwing roasted garlic and yummy sharp cheddar cheese in the mix. These are not your mother’s mashed potatoes. Or, maybe they are. No disrespect to her.

Start out with some delicious, yellow Yukon Golds. Add in some sweet, savory and rich roasted garlic. Shred in some cheeeeeese, and throw in that salty, crispy, and just dang delicious bacon. You got a party going!

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

And if you’re feeling guilty, add those chives up top! They count as vegetables here. I promise.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes
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Serves: 4

  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peel in tact
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt, divided
  • 4-5 Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped into ¼ inch bits (optional)
  • finely chopped chives, for garnish

  1. Preheat your oven to 350. In a small baking dish, add the unpeeled garlic cloves, olive oil, and half the salt. Toss to cover the garlic cloves in salt and oil. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, until delightfully roasted and yummy. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Cut your peeled potatoes into 2-inch chunks. Place potato chunks into a large pot and fill with cold water just until it covers the potato chunks. Add the salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. The potatoes are done when you can easily pierce a chunk with a fork.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, heat up the milk and butter separately in the microwave or on the stove. You want the milk to be warm, and the butter to be melted. Now’s the time you’ll want to fry up your bacon bits in a frying pan, if you’re using them. I like my bacon crispy, but you can cook to whatever done-ness you prefer.
  4. When potatoes are done, drain into a colander. You want to let the potatoes to drain for a minute or two- boiled potatoes that sit in water can start to jellify and get swollen and weird. Who wants that?
  5. Return the potatoes to the pot, and lower the heat to low or medium low. Using a potato masher or potato ricer, start to mash the potatoes. Add the melted butter and warmed milk and stir it all up. Add the bacon bits, cheese, and roasted garlic (squeeze the cloves out of the peel first!). Give it all one more stir and salt to taste.
  6. Garnish with chives and serve!


Happy Eating 🙂

Hasselback Potatoes with Cheese

Seasoned Fanned Potatoes with Cheese

OMGah you guys. Coming up is a big milestone in totalnoms’ville- I’m hosting my very first Thanksgiving! I’m so excited, but also pretty nervous. Both of our parents are coming, as well as my man’s brother, sister-in-law and baby nephew. This will be the first big dinner in our new apartment, too- Not to mention, I’ll be planning and executing an entire meal for 8 people!

So, as you can tell, there’s a lot at stake here. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, foodwise. Not only do you get to eat massive amounts of turkey, there’s so much more- the appetizers, the desserts, and oh yeah, the side dishes. Keeping that in mind, I’m testing out a few potential candidates in anticipation of the big day. Continue reading