Holiday Recipes: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey, cranberry sauce, basic stuffing, mashed potatoes. If eating the same thing every year (no matter how tantalizing the tastes) sometimes gets you down, try adding a new dish to your Thanksgiving spread. One or more of these scrumptious sides – straight from our tables to yours – could be the answer. Just click on the titles below for printable cards to add to your recipe box.

Serve in contrasting-colored dishes – orange-hued stuffing in a turquoise bowl, for example, or nice, dark green beans on a bright red platter – for a table that’s as attractive as it is delicious.

Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing
Makes 4 – 6 servings
“This sweet, savory, and spicy take on stuffing is a hit year after year. Use organic or all-natural sausage to boost the health factor – and the flavor.”

1 pound hard chorizo, diced
1 white onion, diced
1 large carrot, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 cups corn bread, crumbled
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Cook chorizo in a skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the chorizo and cook until the vegetables have caramelized, about 10 minutes.
4. Add the corn bread, chicken stock, and cilantro. Mix until the bread is just coated – not too dry, not too wet.
5. Transfer to a buttered casserole dish and bake until heated through and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Firemen’s Potatoes (Potatoes au Gratin)
 “Remember to place the baking dish on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Otherwise, expect voluminous amounts of smoke and a visit from the fire department – hence the name. Despite that one incident, this rich, creamy dish has become a holiday favorite.”

Classic Baked Acorn Squash
 “Variations on this recipe call for adding sausage, bacon, pecans, or cheese, or using amaretto or molasses rather than sugar. Modify to suit to your tastes!”

Tarragon-Almond Green Beans
 “The balsamic tang mixed with the crispness of the almonds makes this dish a Thanksgiving go-to.”

Apple Cake
 “It’s not a side dish, it’s a dessert, but it’s easy + great for Thanksgiving – and for breakfast the next day, too.”

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 14, 2012