As I posted last week, we are planning an epic endeavor…Bacon Wrapped Turducken. Now man and woman cannot live on bacon bird alone…we need side dishes. Now we cannot do with instant mashed potatoes, no we are going for recipes with a twist on the traditional. Whether they are a unique family recipe or a new creation. Here are a few of the sides I am planning on making.
I want to make this partly to try and attempt to balance out the Turducken (ok honestly nothing will balance out that besides some diet pills and exlax) but also just to have a bit different flavor than plain potatoes. Personally I’ve always loved mashed cauliflower just because its got a better taste than boring plain potatoes. My recipe is adapted from Dani Spires L’s Cauliflower Mash
- 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 head of cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 cup sour cream ( prefer light sour cream)
- 1 cup chives or green onions finely diced
- ¼ cup of Pecorino Romano cheese
- 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
- Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the cauliflower until it is soft…be sure not to overcook! About 8 minutes should be enough. Allow the cauliflower to cool a bit then dump it in a blender with the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the paprika and chives. Blend until everything is smooth then transfer back into a pot. Stir until everything is warm then stir in the chives/green onion. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with paprika.
You could easily do some variations on this recipe…try roasting the garlic beforehand, adding curry for a spicy curry mash, more cheese for a cheesy cauliflower mash, or really anything else you would do to mashed potatoes!
Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds
I want to do something different than nasty green bean cassarole…honestly I dont know how this frozen canned soup monstrosity became a Thanksgiving staple. Its the one dish I see getting passed over at every Thanksgiving dinner (except the grandparents…grandparents loooove green bean cassarole). So why not just do a delicious and light green bean side? I mean with all the other rich heavy dishes we have going on, I want to save some room for Cesar’s homemade pumpkin pie.
- 1 large bunch of green beans (about a pound)
- olive oil
- 4-6 medium sized shallots
- lemon juice
- 1 cup sliced almonds (you could easily substitute walnuts)
- salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the green beans until they are bright green, about 3 minutes. In a skillet heat some olive oil and saute the shallots until they are carmelized. Toss in the green beans, a bit of lemon juice (just enough to coat the beans), the almonds and salt and pepper.
Voila! Easy huh?
So now that I have the green beams and cauliflower mash all figured out, i just need to figure out something to do with the sweet potatoes. Im not a fan of the super sugary mini marshmallow sweet potatoes…so I want to do something different and more special. Im thinking either a cranberry and sweet potato dish…or ginger and honey sweet potatoes….something else that is a little more special. When I figure it out, I’ll be sure to post it up ;)
OR you can help me out…anyone have any delicious and different sweet potato or yam recipes?