By Michael Dorausch, DC

7 videos of Thanksgiving side dish recipes to spark your taste buds for Thanksgiving 2008.

It’s that time of year, November 2008, and Thanksgiving is almost here. We already ordered our organic free range Turkey from Whole Foods in Venice Beach, California and I’ve been doing some searches for tasty Thanksgiving side dishes like cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie. I found myself watching a lot more videos versus just finding and downloading Thanksgiving side dish recipes. I figured why not post those videos here (at least I’d have them for Thanksgiving 2009) and maybe save you some time in your recipe searching.

Cranberry Chutney

I like the chefs accent in this video. Neat when he says “it’s a lot more better” with the different kinds of flavors. The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long and he gives a good presentation on cooking up cranberry chutney.

Cornbread Stuffing

This video features Martha Stewart making cornbread stuffing using the popular POM brand pomegranate juice. I’ve seen POM juice sold at Costco, and it should be available in markets near you. I love cornbread and I love pomegranates so this recipe video really appealed to me.

Dark Cornbread Stuffing

Here’s another video featuring Martha Stewart and a cornbread stuffing recipe that’s a combination of a New England grandmother, a Pennsylvania Dutch, and a Southern mother, all mixed together. The stuffing recipe includes Italian sausage, yummy.

Cranberry Sauce

This “Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe for the Holidays” features Katie Stiles from Before and After TV with her friend Antonio cooking up a very delicious looking cranberry sauce. Antonio goes through washing the cranberries, putting them into the pot, adding brown sugar, orange juice, and other ingredients. Check out the video, its tangy and makes your mouth water.

Candied Yams

In this brief video a chef from San Francisco covers the basics on cooking candied yams. He demonstrates the wrapping of the sweet potatoes in foil, reminds us to pierce them with a fork (watch those hands), and demonstrates putting them in a 425° oven for about one hour. Watching all these Thanksgiving recipe videos is sure making me hungry.

Lime and Chipotle Glazed Sweet Potatoes

The video above shows the kind of sweet potato side dish I’d expect to see made in Southern California or Texas. The zesty lime and chipotle glazed dish looks scrumptious. The video is about five minutes long and the chef goes through the process of adding lime, smoked jalapeno powder, salt, olive oil, and other ingredients. Looks like a very simple recipe, needing only a few ingredients, and it makes an awesome side dish.

Chocolate Cheesecake

I saved his video for last because I’ll probably go into a food coma just watching it. It’s not Pumpkin Cheesecake but the “How to Make Delicious Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe” is a must watch. The chef demonstrates the “whacking into submission” of graham crackers (watch those fingers) create the base. Chocolate and butter is also added for sheer decadence. According to the chef, “sooner or later everything gives way to chocolate”. From the group or videos, this definitely appears to be the most difficult to make. Fortunately for me, there is a Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey, which is walking distance from my house.

There are your 7 Thanksgiving side dish recipe videos. If you have a link to a Thanksgiving side dish or want to share a recipe video, post a link to the comments and I’ll approve it after weeding out any potential spam.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!