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November 01, 2022 4 min read

What are you thankful for this year? Here at the Jones family household, the thing we’re most thankful for is all of you, our Pepper Jelly customers, home cooks, and blog readers. We appreciate each and every jar of Pepper Jelly we sell, as well as each and every email we receive that lets us know you tried and enjoyed one of the many, many recipes we’ve shared.

To us, Pepper Jelly isn’t just a food we enjoy or a product we make; it’s a part of who we are, a member of our family. And just like every member of the Jones family, Pepper Jelly deserves a spot at the table.

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with the people we love the most and indulge in the food, conversation, and activities we enjoy the most. Fittingly, we’ve experimented with lots of different Thanksgiving dish ideas over the years. As a Thanksgiving gift from our family to yours, here are our picks for the top 5 best Thanksgiving side dishes made with Pepper Jelly.

Grab yourself a jar of Pepper Jelly and bring a little of the Jones family spirit into your own household!

The 5 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Try This Year

We all have our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Some of us love sweet potatoes, while others can’t get enough stuffing. Once you give these creative Thanksgiving dish ideas a whirl, though, we’re confident Pepper Jelly will be the new king of your dinner table… and of your heart.

Pepper Jelly Cranberry Sauce

To kick this list off, let’s start with an obvious Thanksgiving dish idea, that also doubles as one of our best. Cranberry sauce is a staple of most Thanksgiving dinner tables, and we all know that homemade is better than canned. Give your cranberry sauce a sweet ‘n’ spicy kick this year by mixing in a little Cranberry Pepper Jelly (or, if you want to give a real kick, Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly)! It adds just the right amount of fiery flavor without detracting from that tart cranberry taste we all love.

Pepper Jelly Cornbread Stuffing

We don’t know how it is in your house, but here at the Jones’ place, folks just can’t get enough stuffing. Of course, it’s easy for this particular stuffing recipe to rank as one of the best Thanksgiving side dishes ever when you take into account it’s made not only with sweet homemade cornbread but also a whole jar of Pepper Jelly. Throw in some diced celery and onions, sliced apples and cranberries, and plenty of fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, and sage, and you’ve got yourself a dish that people won’t be able to get enough of.

Close-up of a dish of homemade pepper jelly cornbread stuffing

Pepper Jelly Glazed Veggies

Pepper Jelly isn’t just for dipping or spreading; it also works well as a marinade or a glaze. We already mentioned how good Pepper Jelly-glazed chicken can be, but did you know that Pepper Jelly also pops when applied to vegetables? We’re especially fond of Pepper Jelly-glazed carrots and Pepper Jelly-glazed brussel sprouts here in the Jones household, but the possibilities are endless. Try Pepper Jelly on broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, fingerling potatoes, green beans, or asparagus. Everything tastes better with a peppery zing!

Pepper Jelly Sweet Potato Latkes

Okay, let’s try something a little unconventional now. Sweet potatoes are another Thanksgiving staple, but instead of baking them with marshmallows this year, why not try something new? Just like other kinds of potato, sweet potatoes can be grated, then mixed with egg, flour, and seasonings, and finally fried in a skillet to create crispy latkes. These potato pancakes are a unique and scrumptious alternative to traditional sweet potato dishes, and they just so happen to be extra tasty when topped with sour cream and Pepper Jelly.

Pepper Jelly Turkey Meatballs

Okay, this one's a bit of a cheat. Although you can serve it along with the rest of the easy Thanksgiving dishes described above, this recipe really shines the next day when you’re trying to figure out what to do with all that leftover turkey. As we previously noted in our blog about the secret to making delicious Pepper Jelly meatballs, Grandma Jones works great as a binding agent or as a sauce. You won’t have to worry about leftovers after your loved ones get a taste of these bad boys. They’ll be gobbled up before you know it!

Pepper Jelly Makes Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Even Easier (and Tastier!)

Prepping any Thanksgiving dinner for family or friends isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and effort. We hope that this blog makes things a little easier for you… and a little yummier.

If you’re a Pepper Jelly customer, we here at the Jones family want to say thank you! Thank you for supporting our business. Thank you for enjoying our products. Thank you for sharing our blog posts. And, most of all, thank you for taking a chance on a small, family-owned business like Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly.

Our goal has always been to make our Grandma Jones proud by doing her generations-old recipes justice. Every time you order Pepper Jelly from our online store, that tells us we’re doing something right, and that means the world to us.

Whenever you need us, we’re here for you. Browse our full selection of delicious Pepper Jelly products, order a jar or two (or three, or four, or…), and let us know what you think. Nothing is more important to us than the feedback of our customers.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.