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4 Recipes to Make This Year’s Best Thanksgiving Sides

thanksgiving sides

BYA: Because You Asked! Here are 4 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving sides to make this year!🦃

LORAfied Thanksgiving Sides

thanksgiving sides
thanksgiving sides
thanksgiving sides

The World’s Best Jello Salad 

Orange Fluff


2 boxes tapioca pudding (3 oz. each)

1 box orange jello (3 oz.)

3 c. water

1 can mandarin oranges (drained)

8oz. cool whip (1 container)


Put dry pudding mix and dry jello in sauce pan. Stir first cup of water in slowly until liquified, then stir in other 2 cups of water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly so it doesn’t stick and scorch.  When thick, remove from stove and let set one hour to cool.  Then stir in cool whip and mandarin oranges until everything is blended well.  Refrigerate for several hours, overnight if possible.

NOTE: You can also add mini marshmallows if you desire, I prefer it without.

thanksgiving sides

Thanksgiving Dressing


4 c. dry cornbread cubes

4 c. dry sourdough bread cubes

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp rubbed sage or 1 Tbsp of fresh

1/2 stick butter

2 c. chopped onion

2 c. chopped celery

4 c. chicken broth

4 eggs, beaten


Preheat oven to 350F

Grease large baking dish. Combine bread cubes, salt and sage in large bowl and set aside. Melt butter in sauce pan, adding onion and celery until soft. Pour butter mixture over the bread cubes. Add broth and eggs, mix well.

Depending on the type of bread you’re using you may need more or less of the chicken broth. Bake at 350F covered with foil for 30 mins. Uncover and bake approx. 10 mins more

Adapted from a book called Giving Thanks.

thanksgiving sides

7 Layer Dressing

Norma Jean McLaughlin – Lora’s Mom


1 head of lettuce, chopped (you can use bagged lettuce shreds)

6 or 7 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

1 bag frozen peas, do not thaw

1 lb. bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled

1 lb. shredded mild Cheddar cheese

¾ c. mayonnaise

¾ c. miracle whip

1 red onion, either sliced very thin or chopped





Make 24 hours in advance

Place the lettuce in an even layer in a 9 X 13 glass pan. Layer egg slices over lettuce in bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar. Top with crumbled bacon. Sprinkle entire bag of frozen peas over bacon. Spread a layer of onions over the peas. Combine mayo and miracle whip and spread over onions.  I mix in a baggie, cut off one end and pipe over onions. Sprinkle cheese over mayo mixture. Cover and place in refrigerator for 24 hours.

Tip: you can substitute turkey bacon for non-pork eaters.  Also, make sure you layer exactly as directed above, otherwise it won’t turn out the same.

thanksgiving sides

Corn Pudding


1 can whole kernel corn

1 can creamed corn

8oz. cream cheese

1 egg

1 box cornbread mix (8.5 oz)

1 small onion, diced

3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (for topping)


Preheat oven to 350F

In a large bowl, combine everything, except the 1/4 cup of cheese. Pour into prepared dish, 8×8 or 9×9 works well. Bake 25 minutes, remove and top with remaining cheese, bake another 20 minutes. Found this on All Recipes years ago and it’s a keeper!

I hope you love these Thanksgiving sides and your loved ones do too! Happy Thanksgiving!


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