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Oct 18, 2009 11:11 AM

Thanksgiving sides that can be served room temperature?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for sides that can be served room temperature. Something I could maybe bake that morning and take along to the family Thanksgiving. We do the usual turkey and traditional sides and condiments, and oven space/timing is always an issue with our large crowd. I was hoping not to stress out my SIL with another side that requires oven time. Any ideas?

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  1. A nice, rich & moist corn bread; IF SIL doesn't serve cornbread stuffing..
    Cheese & cracker platters are best at room temp
    Mixed nuts
    Some of the appetizers on the CHOW page are room temp style

    1. Do they only eat canned cranberry sauce or could you make that and bring it? One of the easiest things in the world and tastes 100 times better than the canned. There are some great recipes here on this board for it, too.

      1. Well, not necessarily room temp, but doesn't require heating... what about a broccoli salad? I always like to have something cold/crunchy to offset all the warm, often soft-textured sides. You could take it in a cooler, so as not to take up space in the fridge.
        Here's one we love:
        1 head cauliflower, broken
        1 head broccoli, broken (florets only)
        1 cup celery, diagonally sliced
        1 cup frozen peas (I get the little bitty ones)
        ½ lb. bacon cooked and crumbled
        Small bunch green onions, chopped
        1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
        2 cups mayonnaise
        ¼ Cup Sugar
        1 T (or more) finely chopped onion
        ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
        2 tsp. vinegar
        ¼ tsp. salt

        I make it the night before, but keep the bacon separate until just before serving

        1. as Val suggested, definitely scratch cranberry sauce!

          - roasted brussels sprouts are great at room temp
          - don't forget about salad - you could even skip the lettuce/greens & do a green bean salad with toasted nuts, cheese, and a simple vinaigrette
          - do you have a crockpot? you can make soup and bring the entire pot with you, then just plug it in to reheat at their house.

          oh, and ditto HillJ's suggestions for corn bread...and you can find plenty of threads here on CH with terrific recipes for spiced, glazed or candied nuts.

          1. My Mom always brings a salad and assembles it all while the turkey is being carved. Everything is presliced and the dressing is made. She usually does a watercress salad, with pears, candied pecans, and gorgonzola. I make a roasted sett potato salad with cranberriesan be served at room temperature. It is on here under sides. I will try and link you to it. It is actually better the second day. I get the potatoes already cut at Trader Joe's to make it easier.