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.
Since we're all staying at home, it's the perfect time for me to connect with y'all as much as possible. With the help of my kids and my wonderful wife, I started a new series on Instagram, called CORA-ntine Cuisine. Everyday at 5 pm PST, I'll be cooking my favorite recipes. Be sure to tune in!
When I first heard of the Coronavirus, I never thought things would get this far. I never thought it would spread worldwide or that cities would go into lockdown. I also never thought that it would be difficult to buy things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, the best thing that we can do right now is to stay positive, stay healthy and be kind.