2 sides for Thanksgiving Dinner with a Moroccan twist.

I LOVE Thanksgiving. Giving thanks, spending time with family and of course eating are things that go very well together. Here are some sides we use to add a bit of Morocco to the Thanksgiving table. Both go surprisingly well with a traditional turkey! 

Cranberry and Orange Relish


  •  24 oz fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oranges peeled and chopped
  •  1/4 cup mint leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Boil cranberries and sugar until soft
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until a thick relish like consistency is reached.


Sweet Potatoes with Honey Harissa Glaze






  • 5 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1tsp salt
  • For the Glaze:
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tbs harissa

For garnish:

  • 1 cup Pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • fresh mint leaves


  1. Boil the sweet potatoes till soft but not overcooked.
  2. Place all the glaze ingredients in a pot and cook until reduced by half.
  3. Transfer the cooked sweet potatoes to a serving dish, pour the glaze over and garnish with pomegranate arils, almonds and mint.

Enjoy and may you have a wonderful meal full of thanks, food and friends! 

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Happy Thanksgiving!