‘Muurrrica! Thank you for giving the world Thanksgiving. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves during the month of November, but then you came along and gave us this gift. Though its origins are rooted in the waters of your murky history, and why a giant bird needs to be killed and served for dinner is still a bit of a mystery, you have infused the world with your festive spirit – well, at least your food traditions have. Yes us Canadians like to celebrate Thanksgiving in October, when there are still lovely, colourful leaves on trees to look at, but I guess snowy, freezing weather is still good too.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love you ‘Muuurrica and I love Thanksgiving, but I don’t love turkey. Never have and never will. But despite my protestations against having a giant dead bird on my dinner table, J (remember him, my boyfriend/lodger) is insisting on hosting a half-Thanksgiving, half-Festivus dinner at our place this weekend. I will be letting him project manage the roasting bit, while I eagerly have offered to do the side dishes. Here are ten side dish recipes, collected from around the internet, that I think are just the bomb-diggity – hopefully it will impress my usually unimpressed friends (just kidding friends, you’re all great!).
1. Something very easy, from Bon Apetit: Sweet Potatoes with Stilton and Walnuts
2. From Food & Wine Magazine online: Port-Cranberry Sauce
3. From Serious Eats, this seriously delicious looking Sautéed Green Beans With Mushrooms and Caramelized Cipollini Onions
4. A great stuffing recipe from Epicurious, Cornbread, Sausage, and Pecan Dressing
5. From the very cool The Sugar Hit’s blog: Sweet Potato Cream Cheese and Rosemary Biscuits
6. From Bon Apetit: Grilled Brussel Sprouts with Chanterelles
7. Another yummy stuffing recipe from Epicurious, Wild Rice, Fruit, and Pecan Stuffing
8. These Mustard Roasted Potatoes from Smitten Kitchen is too much!!
9. Can’t get enough veggies on the side, especially these Honey Mustard and Rosemary Glazed Carrots from The Healthy Foodie
10. And one of my favourite food sites, Saveur, gives us this delicious Winter Squash and Apple Soup