I don't know about you, but I could not have a Thanksgiving Dinner without plenty of tasty sides. Even thought the turkey is the largest dish on the table, the sides are the most fun to make. Sides are where you can express your creativity, experiment with new dishes or show off your favorite family recipes.
Sides are also crucial in balancing out the Thanksgiving meal. If you think about the landscape of your meal, you'll want dishes that will compliment the protein packed turkey. Some popular sides are macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and casseroles. While I adore these holiday staples, too many heavy dishes can lead your guests to become lethargic before desserts are pulled out. That's why I highly suggest having a couple veggie based sides on the table.
Though roasting brussel sprouts have become super trendy in the past few years, we're going to cook them on the stove to achieve a soft texture instead of a crunchy one. After blanching them for 10 minutes, I sauté the brussel sprouts with butter and then add the bacon, capers and lemon juice. I then top it off with some shaved parmesan cheese for garnish. This is a great dish to make all year long!
The next recipe I'm going to share with you is my Caramelized Sweet Potatoes. I'll let you in on a pro tip: when you purchase sweet potatoes in the fall they taste fresher and sweeter than they do during other seasons. That's because they are harvested in the fall. They don't have to be transported from far away places. Therefore, sweet potatoes travel from the farm to the grocery store in a much shorter time.
Seasoned with thyme, orange juice and lime juice, these caramelized sweet potatoes are sure to be a citrusy hit! One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you don't have to add a ton of extra sugar to the dish. The sweetness will come from the potatoes and the orange juice. We're minimizing the additional fats and sugars with this recipe, so you can indulge in all of the thanksgiving desserts and not have a stomach ache.
I hope these sides dishes make it to your Thanksgiving table! Just remember to keep balance in mind when planning your dinner.
Crab and Caviar make the ultimate pairing for any holiday dinner or party. Their respective textures and flavors compliment each other wonderfully! Whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah or New Years, nothing says special occasion like a recipe filled with luxurious and decadent ingredients. On this week's post, I'm going to share some tips on preparing crabs, shopping for caviar and some recipes that include both foods!
It's the first week of December which means it's officially holiday season! With only a couple weeks left to finish up holiday shopping, I wanted to share some amazing gifts you could get for loved ones who are passionate about cooking.
You can technically have pie anytime of the year, but there's something about Thanksgiving that makes eating pie that much more delicious. It's the ultimate, comforting sweet treat. One of the great things about pies is that you can bake ahead of time and they'll still taste amazing! On Thanksgiving Day, you'll be busy cooking a bunch of other dishes. Bake these tasty pies the day before and lighten your load!