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Crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 12th, 2012

A time-honored tradition with religious and cultural roots, Thanksgiving is commonly observed with a hearty feast of the famous stuffed roast turkey. Side dishes, however, are equally important because of the variety they provide everyone’s palate.

Celebrate family togetherness on Thanksgiving with a wider food selection with any of these crowd-pleasing side dish recipes:

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes can be prepared in a variety of ways but this simple recipe from Martha Stewart is one of our favorites.

To prepare your Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, you will need 1 ½ pounds of peeled potatoes, salt, pepper, buttermilk, and butter. First, slice the potatoes in sizeable pieces and boil them for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Once done, drain then mash the potatoes in a large bowl. When they have been finely mashed, add two tablespoons of butter and a half cup of buttermilk. Seasoning it with salt and pepper will bring out the dish’s luscious, creamy buttermilk flavor. Mash the potatoes again until the seasonings are distributed to the mashed potatoes evenly. You can also garnish the potatoes with parsley or crispy brown onions for a tasty finishing touch.

Southern Cornbread

If you are feeling a little nostalgic, the classic Southern Cornbread can bring back memories of your childhood.

Photo from Gudlyf via flickr. CC BY 2.0
Photo from Gudlyf via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Prepare two large eggs, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, buttermilk, and yellow cornmeal.

Melt the butter first then set it aside. In a separate bowl, mix together ¾ cup of all-purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, ¾ cup of yellow cornmeal, and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt. Beat two eggs in a bigger bowl and whisk with buttermilk. Pour in the melted butter and add the dry ingredients to the eggs and buttermilk mixture. Stir the final mixture until everything has blended well. This batter can finally be put in a preheated oven. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until your cornbread starts to brown. Before serving, wait for it to cool for 10 minutes.

Glazed Carrots

Children often complain that vegetables are bland and ignore the vegetable platter. However, with glazed carrots gracing your dining table, your children will not only eat their vegetables, they’ll do so without putting up a fight.

Entice your children to eat their carrots using brown sugar, butter, and orange marmalade.

Put the sliced carrots in a microwave bowl and add ¼ cup of butter, two tablespoons of orange marmalade, and 2/3 cup of brown sugar. Slightly cover with plastic wrap and heat for about three minutes in the microwave. When it’sdone cooking, take out the bowl and stir. If the marmalade and butter have not melted yet, continue heating for the same amount of time and stir at 30-second intervals. Stir the melted mixture until all the carrots are covered with glaze.

Cheesy Peas

Family meals are always better with a cheesy dish. We love this recipe from allrecipes.com because it is easy to prepare and can be ready in as quick as 10 minutes.

Start the preparation by boiling a mixture of two tablespoons of butter, ½ teaspoon of crushed dried thyme leaves, ½ teaspoon of crushed dried rosemary, half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and ¼ cup of milk over medium heat. When it starts to simmer, lower the heat as you add in the peas. Let it stand for three minutes or until the cheese melts completely. Adults and kids will enjoy this tasty side dish alongside the scrumptious main course.

Delight your loved ones’ taste buds with any of these side treats for an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast.

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