I was recently reading the story of Squanto with my children. We do research and learn about the pilgrims journey to America every year during the month of November.
What fascinated me was the story of the First Thanksgiving. I had never read the approximate numbers of how many people gathered at that first celebratory meal.
According to our reading, there were all the pilgrims, Squanto, and 90 Native Americans from tribes in the area. To top it off, they ate and celebrated for three days.
Can you imagine the amount of food they required for such a celebration? Maybe you wont be feasting for three days and most of us wont have 100+ guests at our table.
However, if youre looking for a way to feed a crowd on a budget Ive got you covered. Here are great options for cheap side dishes to feed your loved ones this Thanksgiving without breaking the bank:
1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
If youre a meat-and-potatoes type person, youll love this recipe. It has cooked potatoes, bacon, ranch flavoring, and amazingly melted cheese.
To top it off, this side dish is even easier because it can be made in the slow cooker. On a busy day with a million irons in the fire, toss these ingredients in the crockpot and walk away.
2. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
Oh, shut the front door! This recipe reminds you that just because youre trying to be frugal doesnt mean you cant be cute.
If you have a love for deviled eggs, you already know theyre cheap to make. Incorporate a few extra steps to transform your deviled eggs into pumpkins.
3. Parmesan Garlic Noodles
Dont ever let anybody tell you that plain noodles with a few seasonings isnt a side dish. This post just blew that argument out of the water.
You can serve up a side of pasta that has been dressed delicately in butter, cheese, and seasonings. Butter and carbs a favorite combo in many families.
4. Easy Corn Casserole
Do you love corn pudding? This recipe is similar with a slight difference in texture. It still includes whole kernel and cream corn.
Yet, you get a different texture because Jiffy cornbread mix is added along with a few dollops of sour cream. This recipe doesnt cost a bundle, but it sure brings the flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.
5. Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Everyone loves potatoes. Theyre tasty, cheap, and easy to transform into a bundle of different dishes.
6. Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of those dishes that you either love or your hate. I hated them for years but recently, Ive grown to enjoy them.
If youre riding the fence, consider making this mashed sweet potato dish. Its coated in maple flavor with crispy, salty bacon. Its a flavor combo which is hard to resist.
7. Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
You cant have a holiday meal without including macaroni and cheese. Its a fan-favorite. Plus, its inexpensive to make.
If you have pasta, milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and sour cream you can make this amazing dish. Your guests will be glad you did!
8. Roasted Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash
Thanksgiving can be a difficult day between the expense and the amount of time needed to prepare such a vast meal.
Instead of making difficult and time-consuming dishes, consider roasting vegetables. This recipe will show you how to effortlessly roast butternut squash and add amazing flavors to your meal.
9. Cheesy Ritz Cracker Corn
Would you like to include vegetables at your Thanksgiving, but you also want them to taste amazingly good with cheese oozing from each bite?
Ritz Cracker Corn could be what youve been searching for. It all starts with frozen corn, but it ends with cheese, Ritz crackers, cream, and salt & pepper to taste.
10. Honey Roasted Carrots
Okay, I cant give you inexpensive Thanksgiving side dishes without adding a few healthy vegetables in the mix.
These roasted carrots are easily prepared in the oven. They caramelize and create a sweet tasting dish you dont have to feel guilty going back for seconds over.
11. Funeral Potatoes
This recipe may seem a little morbid for the most thankful day of the year, but theyre too good not to share.
Funeral Potatoes are a mixture of frozen hash browns, butter, cream of chicken soup, cheese, salt, pepper, onion, and cornflakes. Yep, not much healthy there, but it sure is good!
12. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Weve already discussed how potatoes are a great option for a frugal Thanksgiving. Theyre inexpensive and can be transformed into a variety of dishes.
If you love mashed potatoes but want to make them extra creamy, consider adding creamed cheese to the mixture. It gives the recipe a flavor boost and smoother texture.
13. Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole
I promised you cheap recipes, and Im trying my darndest to deliver. You dont get much cheaper than eating cabbage.
The problem is, not everyone is a fan of cabbage. This casserole could change your mind. It contains cheese, Ritz crackers, and cream of mushroom soup. Cabbage casserole could become your new favorite side dish.
14. Mamas Cornbread Dressing
You want to talk about whats not cheap at Thanksgivingbuying stuffing out of a box. Even if the boxes are on sale, you need a blue million to feed everybody.
Instead, reach for this recipe where stuffing mix, cornbread, and broth are brought together to make a family-sized portion of dressing.
15. Easy Crockpot Fried Apples
The less you have to actually cook on Thanksgiving, the better off youll be. These fried apples are not only delicious, but they come together in the crockpot.
If your family is anything like mine and love the sweet fall taste of fried apples, theyll be thrilled you found this easy recipe in time for the holidays.
These recipes should help you round out your frugal Thanksgiving. Theyre easy-to-make and easy on your wallet too.
Happy Thanksgiving from our crew to yours!
15 Inexpensive Side Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving originally published by JenPoindexter on Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:58:25 +0000 at _https://raisingdexters.com/2019/11/22/15-cheap-thanksgiving-sides/