Tag: thanksgiving sides

Glazing Vegetables — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

by in Holidays, How-to, November 3rd, 2011

thanksgiving vegetables
When glazing your vegetables, add a touch of butter and sugar with a pinch of salt. The sugar and butter add shine to the glaze. Aromatics like herbs, ginger or citrus zest will add some zing.

Follow this guide to learn how to make your veggie side dish extraordinary, then watch our how-to video.

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Giada’s Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

by in Holidays, November 24th, 2010

brussels sprouts with pancetta
The clock is ticking ever closer on the Thanksgiving countdown, but we’re still featuring different side dishes to inspire your harvest spread right up until the big day itself.  We’ve covered the basics – stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed and sweet potato options – but if you’ve been waiting for something a little fresher, your time has come. Giada’s Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta should be able to win over even your pickiest eaters – simmered in chicken broth and tossed with crisp, garlicky pancetta and shallots they’re both a refreshingly light companion to Thanksgiving’s heartier fare without being any less indulgent.

Browse 50+ Thanksgiving side dishes to fill out your menu. And, for hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Guy’s Red Devil Cranberries

by in Holidays, November 23rd, 2010

thanksgiving red devil cranberries
Each day from now ’till Thanksgiving, we’re sharing a new side dish. We’ve talked about everything from stuffing to mashers to scalloped sweet potatoes, but don’t forget about turkey’s favorite sidekick: cranberry sauce. Like macaroni without cheese or cookies sans milk, turkey just isn’t the same without sweet-tart cranberry sauce on the side. Guy’s bright whole-berry version gets a spicy kick from two kinds of hot peppers, and added flavor from orange juice. Your turkey — and your tastebuds — will never know what hit ‘em.

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Mashed Potatoes

by in Holidays, November 20th, 2010

perfect mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. Find a new way to mash and smash your spuds with our collection of 50 mashed potato mix-in recipes. There’s Blue Cheese-Walnut Mashed Potatoes, Shiitake-Squash Mashed Potatoes, Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and 47 more.

But for Thanksgiving, when turkey is a menu must, I try to keep the mashed potatoes buttery, creamy and relatively simple, because one of the best parts of a traditional Thanksgiving feast is rich and steamy turkey gravy. Make classic mashed potatoes and gravy with these sure hit recipes from Food Network Magazine: Perfect Mashed Potatoes paired with Perfect Gravy (and see our gravy step-by-step).

Browse 50+ Thanksgiving side dishes to fill out your menu. And, for hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Alton’s Southern Biscuits

by in Holidays, November 19th, 2010

altons southern biscuits
Thanksgiving is inching ever closer, and if you haven’t already, you’re probably starting to give some serious thought about what to lay out on that table of yours. That’s why every day this week, we here at Food Network are featuring different Thanksgiving Side Dishes to help you celebrate this harvest festival in style.

Whether your Thanksgiving is going to be an intimate affair or a more boisterous gathering, it can be tricky to find dishes to suit the myriad tastes of friends and family. Trying to balance all of the likes and dislikes of your family and friends in one meal can send even the most accomplished of chefs into panic mode.

These airy Southern Biscuits from Alton Brown are sure to please even the pickiest eater, and are a perfect alternative to stuffing, dressing, and mashed potatoes. Light and golden, warm and tangy, these buttermilk biscuits pair perfectly with almost anything (and sop up all of that gravy like nothing else). Aside from being irresistibly delicious, this recipe is easy to double  for crowds and virtually foolproof. To streamline your day-of preparations, make and freeze them a few days in advance; pop them in the oven for fluffy, homemade biscuits just in time for dinner.

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Bobby’s Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

by in Holidays, November 19th, 2010

smoked chile scalloped potatoes
Thanksgiving is — count ‘em — only 7 days away! Every day from now until then, we’re sharing our favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes. Sweet potatoes may have been absent from the first Thanksgiving, but since then they’ve established their place on the Thanksgiving table next to green bean casserole, stuffing and/or dressing and mashed potatoes.

Traditional sweet potato casserole and honey-baked yams are great, but this year I’m adding a twist (or, rather, a kick) to the table with Bobby’s spicy scalloped potatoes. To make, just layer thinly-sliced sweet potatoes (a mandolin works wonders here) with chipotle-spiked cream and bake until tender and crisp on top. Bonus: This dish serves beautifully and travels well, so it’s ideal for a Thanksgiving potluck.

TELL US: Are you going traditional or with-a-twist for this year’s feast?

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing

by in Holidays, November 16th, 2010

thanksgiving cornbread stuffing
I’m definitely on Team Cornbread when it comes to Thanksgiving stuffing specifics, so I was intrigued when I came across a 5-star recipe for the World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing. What, I wondered, makes it so special? What makes it good enough that one reviewer exclaimed “So sorry, Grandmum. After generations of yours, this is tastier!”?

I had to find out. I don’t know if it’s the sweet corn muffins in place of the typical savory cornbread, the hot Italian sausage or the earthy fresh sage, but the combination of flavors is enough to make me (almost) swear off my family recipe.  This stuffing has definitely earned its place on my Thanksgiving table this year.

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Sausage and Kale Dressing

by in Holidays, November 15th, 2010

sausage and kale dressingThe age-old question remains: What’s the difference between stuffing and dressing? Traditional wisdom holds that stuffing is actually cooked inside the turkey, while dressing is cooked separately and served alongside. Makes sense, right? But in my experience, it really comes down to geography. My family (from New York and Pennsylvania) never stuffs the bird, but we always call our savory bread pudding-style side dish “stuffing.” Go further South, and everything is “dressing,” as I learned at my first Thanksgiving with my fiancé’s family in Louisiana.

I’m not sure why Food Network Magazine decided to call this one dressing—maybe there was a Southerner in the room. Call it what you wish; it’s filled with many ingredients I love—kale, fennel sausage, focaccia—and is definitely going to show up on my spread this year.

TELL US: What stuffing and/or dressing will be on your Thanksgiving table?

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