Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Featuring Blueberries

Spice up your Thanksgiving side dishes by trying these recipes featuring blueberries.

 

The traditional Thanksgiving meal has a few dishes that are must-haves—turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing come to mind. This year, add some zest to the table by using side dish recipes featuring blueberries. We’ve put together some of the most mouth-watering recipes for Thanksgiving sides, all featuring blueberries! Try one or all of them this year and you’ll have your family and friends asking for the new recipe next year, too!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Featuring Blueberries

Blueberry Sausage and Sage Stuffing

This recipe from SeariousEats.com is full of yummy, savory goodness. The sweet and tangy flavors of the blueberries compliment the sausage, potato bread, and traditional sage perfectly.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces sage pork sausage
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cups celery, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces frozen highbush blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 package (12 ounces) potato bread cubes or your favorite stuffing cubes
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook sausage until browned, breaking it up as it cooks, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain off excess fat and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions and celery until tender, just before they're beginning to brown.
  3. While vegetables are cooking, place blueberries in a colander or strainer and rinse with cold water until the water turns from dark blue to a lighter blue. Remove from colander onto a baking sheet lined with several layers of paper towels. Gently pat dry with paper towels. Once dry, transfer blueberries to a large bowl and toss with flour. Set aside.
  4. Add spices to vegetables, stirring to combine, then add stuffing cubes, stirring to incorporate. Stir continuously until stuffing is slightly browned. Gently fold in blueberries, drizzle with chicken stock, stirring slightly so liquid is absorbed then stuff poultry, if desired. Cook until the center of stuffing reaches 165°F.
  5. If cooking as a separate side dish, place stuffing mixture in a casserole dish. Drizzle with chicken stock then cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake at 350°F for 40 to 50 minutes. If you like the top to be slightly crispy, uncover for the last 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 to 12 servings

Photo courtesy of SeariousEats.com.

 

Sweet Potato Bake with Roasted Blueberries and Toasted Marshmallows

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows, and this recipe featuring blueberries from The Buzz gets it right on so many levels. It features mashed sweet potatoes, blueberries, pecans, and ooey, gooey toasted marshmallows!

Sweet Potato Ingredients

  • 6 medium sized yams
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 6 T unsalted butter 

Topping Ingredients

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Quick tip! Instead of waiting to roast the sweet potatoes in the oven, stab yams with a fork and then place on a large plate. Microwave 10 min or until soft.
  3. If you prefer the oven, stab yams with a fork, wrap in foil, and roast for 45 min or until tender throughout.
  4. Immediately scoop out the insides of the hot sweet potatoes and combine with sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  5. Evenly spread the mixture in the bottom of a 9×9 pan and top with blueberries.
  6. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes and then remove from oven.
  7. Now turn the oven onto a low broil (or if on high, CAREFULLY watch and make sure it's on a lower rack)
  8. Top the mixture with mini marshmallows and broil until just golden brown.
  9. Serve immediately.

Photo courtesy of The Buzz

 

Blueberry and Cranberry Relish

This festive relish recipe from AllRecipes.com takes a traditional Turkey Day favorite—cranberry relish—and gives it a blueberry make-over that’s simple and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup orange juice 
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Heat cranberries, blueberries, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook and stir until the sugar dissolves and berries soften, about 15 minutes.
  3. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com.

Find more great recipes featuring blueberries for Thanksgiving and beyond on the BlueberriesFromFlorida.com recipes pages or the Blueberries from Florida Pinterest recipe boards.

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