Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ask the Internet: Favorite Thanksgiving Sides?

Before I head out to vote, it's a quickie (but a toughie) that'll help guide the blog over the next few weeks:

Q: Straight up, what are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

A: Last week, we covered portable sides. This week, we're throwing our arms around the whole shebang. They don’t have to be inexpensive, they don’t have to be remotely healthy – that’s our job, to adapt them as such. Mine are:
Fire away, folks! I’ve already commenced drooling. I mean it. It's getting on my shirt.

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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27 comments:

Van said...

Green bean cassarole! Yeah, the average recipe with the average ingredients. But with lots of pepper! Mmm...

Alanna Kellogg said...

Hands down, the World's Best Green Bean Casserole made with fresh green beans and fresh mushrooms, no more canned beans, no more Campbell's mushroom soup.

Myrnie said...

Dad's cranberry sauce- cranberries in a pot, barely covered with pure maple syrup, then cooked until they pop. So good!

M Family said...

ANYTHING stuffing, I even love the boxed stuff (dodging cooking bullets). My latest fave is mashed potatoes using both potatoes and cauliflower, it makes me feel better about the butter and cream....lol

Michelle said...

This sausage stuffing is my favorite: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/sausage-stuffing-2/Detail.aspx

Melis said...

My family makes a chestnut and italian sausage stuffing, which is nothing like Giada's recipe, but I'm sure equally delicious. We never ever use jarred chestnuts. Fresh chestnuts can easily be found at stores throughout metro NY and are fairly easy to cook/shell, and I imagine the flavor far exceeds jarred chestnuts. This stuffing along with candied sweet potatoes are my fav. sides.

Lorena said...

Every year, I make this sweet potato/yam casserole from The Modern Vegetarian Table. It's simple (OJ, cinnamon sticks and maple syrup), tasty and everyone enjoys it!

Of course, no Thanksgiving would be complete without my Filipino grandma's take on stuffing -- she makes it with sweet rice instead of bread cubes. So, we get a rice dish at the table while bowing to American tradition.

Sally said...

All of the traditional sides are my favorites -- including the green bean casserole. If that made an appearance more than once a year I don't think I could eat it. But on that one day it's required.

Everything else is homemade from scratch, including the bread or cornbread for my dressing.

K. Tree said...

Sweet potatoes peeled, chunked and boiled with a little water, a whole stick of butter and however much brown sugar I put on them that year. Then turned out into a baking dish and topped with mini marshmallows and browned under the broiler.

I also love Green Bean Casserole. So much that I actually made some for dinner yesterday.

Claire said...

My family makes an awesome mushroom and wild rice casserole. I have to say, it does involve a box, but it's great.

You sautee 8 ounces of mushrooms in oil and butter, make a box of Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice, stir in the mushrooms and cool the mixture. Then, add 4 ounces or so of shredded swiss and bake until it's gooey. It is greater than the sum of its parts, and even mushroom-haters like it.

chacha1 said...

I actually like good old-fashioned Campbell's green bean casserole.
:-)
When I make stuffing, I use Trader Joe's boxed stuffing mix plus chicken stock, plus mushrooms, onions, and bacon. I only make it if we're having a large dinner party, though.

My sweet potatoes are simply mashed with crushed pineapple.

My cranberry side is a crumble, two cups of cranberries and a cup of whatever other fruit I have in the house, topped with a crumble of oatmeal, a little flour, a little sugar, a ton of spices, and a stick of melted butter. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

My other favorite side is an onion & thyme tart. Three large sweet onions, sliced fine and sauteed to almost-caramelize with butter, olive oil, thyme, and black pepper; dump onto a flat crust, fold the edges up and bake at, I think, 350 till crust is browned.

And to drink, brut rose.

Chessa said...

Two things that I look forward to all year:
1) My Grandmama's cornbread stuffing (made from biscuits and southern style cornbread) - she's one of those "I don't use a recipe" people, so sometime soon I'm determined to corner her and watch her make it.
2) Crapple. Yep, Crapple. It's actually a cranberry sauce and apple crisp that my mom makes (she has a penchant for Spoonerisms and offered one of my friends Crapple one year instead of the Cranberry Apple dish).

I can't WAIT!!!

Kim said...

My grandmother makes candied sweet potatoes that are to die for.

I'm also a big green bean casserole person, and I don't care that it is made with condensed soup :)

Milehimama @ Mama Says said...

My husband loves oyster stuffing (which I detest but the kids eat it up). Also brussels sproutes supreme - http://www.milehimama.com/2009/11/20/7-quick-takes-thanksgiving/

and fresh cranberry relish- cranberries popped in orange juice w/ a little sugar. Yum!

of course mashed potatoes and gravy are STANDARD ISSUE.

Megan said...

My mom's squash!!! It's the first side dish that's gone at the table.

Sara said...

Easy. Cornbread stuffing. It's about the only time of year I eat ground sausage. I've tried it without, and it's just not the same.

Liz Tee said...

My sister's succotash; or rather, the recipe I stole from my sister and modified. It's got BACON in it! I need to get it up on my food blog, though, the one I haven't updated since August... sigh.

mel said...

We had Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, but these are my faves.

Homemade pirogies! My in-laws make 'em every Thanksgiving and Christmas. No calorie is lost either - only the best (aka high fat) ingredients are used.

Mashed turnip is another favourite of mine.

Anonymous said...

I'm in charge of feeding my family of 8 plus spouses and whomever else can make the trip to VA Thanksgiving. I make Sweet and Sour Carrots from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. They really are PERFECTLY sweet AND sour. I also make 'My Favorite Bread Stuffing' from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything." pg. 405 Simple,rich, heavenly. The smell of sauteed onions, black pepper and real butter (a holiday treat growing up) still makes me think of Mom. Peggy

Jenny said...

I love the traditional sides, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes with gravy. I could eat both all year round!

Autumn said...

Last year I made this blueberry cranberry sauce (I think I found the original version on allrecipes before I played with it) and it was super yummy. I love cranberry sauce in all forms, even the canned stuff has it's own merits (namely it still looks like the can) but this was just amazing. On turkey, with stuffing, on pancakes, on french toast. On ice cream. Yum. Must go buy cranberries.

I also love my mom's mashed potatoes. They don't even need gravy. I don't know how she makes them, and I have watched for years. Maybe it's how I peel them, cause she claims she's "allergic" to peeling potatoes. There's a food allergy to develop when I have some kids;)

Kate S. said...

My grandmother's dressing. It uses two different types of Pepridge Farm bread stuffing mix, butter, eggs, onion and celery. And the pecans... oh, the pecans! Mom learned to make an extra baking dish of it just for me because I would scarf the whole thing.

Heidi said...

Cardamom bread. The Swede in me cannot have a holiday meal without it. Besides, it makes incredible turkey/cream cheese/cranberry sauce sandwiches and the best French toast ever. I make batch after batch of it this time of year.

suerocks said...

I married into a Pennsylvania Dutch family, and they have all kinds of sortof Germanic/Amish foods at their dinners aside from the standard turkey/stuffing/potatoes/gravy. Usually that stuff is covered in mayo or includes bacon.
My MIL makes the most interesting and wonderful side dish I've had before, sortof described in this recipe link, minus the green chiles part: Green Chile Corn Pudding
It's sweet corn and some unidentifiable, creamy filling that I'm sure is not healthy for me, but dang it's tasty!

Kim said...

My grandmother's southern style sage, pork sausage, and crack dressing. The old girl died on us a couple of years ago but thank the dear lord in heaven she taught my sister and me how to make it before she bought the farm. It's the one and only food I can eat every day for days on end and never ever tire of it.... especially if I have some of my 2nd favorite side, my grandmother's cranberry orange walnut heroin sauce, to go with it.

Kris said...

You guys, I had no idea green bean casserole would be so popular.

@Alanna, maybe that recipe will cure me of my aversion.

@M Family: OOOO. Great idea. Must try that soon for one of the blogs.

@Lorena, I love the sweet rice stuffing idea. What a great mix.

@chacha1: Onion and Thyme tart sounds like something I would have for breakfast right now. It must smell like heaven.

@Chessa: Crapple! YESSSS.

@Heidi: As a fellow descendant of Stockholm, that sounds delicious.

@Kim: Hilarious. I want crack dressing.

melissa said...

cook's illustrated cranberry & orange sauce is my fave. went from hating cranberry sauce to loving it.