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11 More Side Dish Recipes and A Turkey

Eat your peas and carrots and more. These delicious dishes add plenty of color and flavor to the big meal!

( 1 ) Three Corn Casserole: ( 2 ) Broccoli With Cheese: ( 3 ) Brussels Sprouts: ( 4 ) Butternut Squash: ( 5 ) Green Beans: ( 6 ) Maple Glazed Carrots: ( 7 ) Peas and Turnips: ( 8 ) Mushrooms and Chesnuts with Thyme: ( 9 ) Roasted Vegetables: ( 10 ) Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: ( 11 ) Red Potatoes In Garlic Butter:

( 12 ) Best Turkey Ever! Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Caramelized Onion Gravy: 

Side Dish Recipes and A Turkey
( 1 ) Three Corn Casserole:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 egg
1 can (16 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (16 oz) cream style corn, undrained
1 package (9 oz) corn muffin mix
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
In large bowl, mix together butter, sour cream and egg.

Stir in cans of corn and corn muffin mix. Spoon mixture into buttered 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven, 45 minutes. Add cheese; stir well. Cook additional 15 minutes, or until dish is slightly puffed.


( 2 ) Broccoli With Cheese:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup minced onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless sourdough bread
1 cup (packed) grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
12 to 13 cups broccoli florets (from about 3 pounds broccoli crowns)
1/2 cup whipping cream

Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is soft, about 4 minutes. Mix in dry mustard, then 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, blending well. Add breadcrumbs; sauté until crumbs are crisp and golden, stirring and pressing with back of fork to separate, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; cool completely. Mix in 3/4 cup cheese.

Cook broccoli florets in large pot of boiling generously salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain. Transfer to paper towels; cool. (Streusel and broccoli can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Place broccoli in large bowl. Add whipping cream, remaining 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup cheese; toss to coat evenly. Arrange broccoli in prepared dish. Sprinkle streusel over. Bake until broccoli is heated through and streusel is browned, about 30 minutes.


( 3 ) Brussels Sprouts:
1 10-ounce bag very small (1/2- to 3/4-inch-diameter) white pearl onions, unpeeled
1 1/2 pounds small brussels sprouts, trimmed
3 tablespoons (or more) prepared white horseradish
2 teaspoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

Cook onions in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 5 minutes. Using large strainer, transfer onions to bowl; set aside to cool. Return water to boil; add more salt. Add brussels sprouts and boil until just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain well; cool. Peel onions, leaving core intact. Cut brussels sprouts in half through root end. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Combine vegetables in medium bowl; cover and chill.)

Whisk 3 tablespoons horseradish, flour, and allspice in small bowl to blend; whisk in whipping cream. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped thyme and stir 30 seconds. Add vegetables and sauté until heated through, about 4 minutes. Add cream mixture and cook until vegetables are coated and cream mixture is reduced to glaze, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding more horseradish by 1/4 teaspoonfuls, if desired. Transfer vegetables to bowl. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.


( 4 ) Butternut Squash:
Garnish with orange slices, if desired.
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
5 pounds butternut squash, each cut in half lengthwise, seeded (about 2 very large)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground allspice

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place squash, cut side down, on prepared sheet. Bake until squash are very tender when pierced with fork, about 50 minutes. Cool slightly. Scoop out pulp from squash and place in processor. Using on/off turns, puree pulp until smooth. Transfer squash puree to bowl.

Combine butter, orange juice concentrate, honey, ginger, and orange peel in heavy small saucepan. Boil until mixture is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 3 minutes. Stir mixture into squash puree. Mix in lemon peel, cinnamon, and allspice. Season generously with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium-low heat, stirring often, or cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until heated through, about 5 minutes.) Transfer to bowl and serve.


( 5 ) Green Beans:
2 pounds slender green beans, trimmed
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool quickly. Drain again. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in several layers of paper towels, then place in plastic bag. Chill.)

Mix garlic, parsley, rosemary, orange peel, and lemon peel in small bowl. Transfer 1 tablespoon gremolata to another small bowl; reserve for garnish.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining gremolata and stir 30 seconds. Add broth, orange juice concentrate, and lemon juice and bring to simmer. Add green beans. Cook until beans are heated through and liquid is reduced enough to coat beans thickly, tossing frequently, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer beans to bowl. Sprinkle with reserved gremolata.


( 6 ) Maple Glazed Carrots: Tangerine juice adds an intriguing note to the velvety sauce. Look for the largest possible tangerines to make squeezing easier.
1 1/4 cups fresh tangerine juice
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated tangerine peel
2 1/2 pounds large carrots (about 12), peeled, cut on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick ovals (about 6 cups)
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 large tangerine, seeded
Chopped fresh parsley

Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Boil until sauce thickens and coats spoon thickly and is reduced to 2/3 cup, whisking occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Steam carrots until just crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Mix carrots and cayenne pepper into sauce. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Simmer carrots in sauce over medium heat until heated through and sauce reduces to thick glaze, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Squeeze juice from tangerine half over. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.


( 7 ) Peas and Turnips:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
8 bacon slices, chopped
1 1/4 pounds turnips, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
2 16-ounce bags frozen petite peas, thawed

Mix 6 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons dill in small bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. (Dill butter can be made 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Sauté bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels. (Can be made 2 hours ahead; let stand at room temperature.)

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add turnips and sauté until tender and golden, about 9 minutes. Add peas and dill butter and stir until peas are heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon dill and serve.


( 8 ) Mushrooms and Chesnuts with Thyme: This rich side dish could easily stand on its own as an elegant meatless main course.
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
8 large shallots, sliced (about 2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds assorted fresh wild mushrooms (such as stemmed shiitake, crimini, and oyster), sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
3/4 cup Madeira
1 7.25-ounce jar roasted peeled whole chestnuts, halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup whipping cream
Chopped fresh chives

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until tender and golden, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter and stir until melted. Add mushrooms; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until tender and brown, about 10 minutes. Add thyme and stir 1 minute. Add Madeira and simmer until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add chestnuts and whipping cream and simmer until cream thickens and coats mushroom mixture, about 1 minute. Season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl; sprinkle with chives.


( 9 ) Roasted Vegetables: These delicious vegetables can be served at room temperature or hot from the oven. 
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram
2 pounds medium yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes), peeled, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 pounds rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
2 medium-size red onions (about 1 pound), peeled, root ends left intact, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Fresh parsley sprigs

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 425°F. Spray 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Whisk 6 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons thyme, and 2 tablespoons marjoram in large bowl. Add yams, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, and onions and toss to coat. Sprinkle vegetables generously with salt and pepper and divide between prepared baking sheets. Roast vegetables until tender and brown in spots, turning occasionally, about 50 minutes. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. If desired, rewarm in 350°F oven about 15 minutes, or microwave on high until heated through, about 6 minutes, before continuing.)

Whisk balsamic vinegar, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, and 1 1/2 teaspoons marjoram to blend in small bowl. Drizzle over roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and lemon peel. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to platter; garnish with parsley sprigs. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Potatoes: Twice-baked, mashed, or gratinéed, you can never have enough potatoes. Exercise your options on this national day of indulgence and have them all

Potatoes are forgive the pun no small potatoes at the Holiday meal. Along with the turkey, ham or ?  and the stuffing, they're absolutely essential. And in the recipes below, they're absolutely delicious (plus, they couldn't be easier to put together). From red-skinned to russet, Yukon Gold to yam, twice-baked to mashed, or layered in a creamy gratin, the possibilities are limited only by your appetite.


( 10 ) Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Assemble these four hours ahead, and rewarm them 20 minutes before serving.
8 8-ounce red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), scrubbed
1 cup dried cranberries
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 large firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
4 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Pierce potatoes in several places with fork; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with fork, about 55 minutes. Cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place cranberries in small bowl; pour enough hot water over to cover. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Drain well. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and sauté until tender and golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in cranberries, pecans, ginger, and brown sugar; sauté 1 minute. Mix in 2 teaspoons vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cut off top 1/4 of each potato lengthwise; discard tops. Using fork, gently mash pulp inside each potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon butter-vinegar mixture into each potato; mix with fork to blend.

Mound cranberry mixture in sweet potatoes. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm sweet potatoes uncovered in 350°F oven until heated through, about 20 minutes.) 


( 11 ) Red Potatoes In Garlic Butter: Reduce oven gridlock with this fantastic stove-top side. (The garlic can be roasted in the oven a day in advance.)
12 large garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
8 bacon slices, chopped
3 pounds 1- to 1 1/2-inch-diameter red-skinned potatoes
4 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
Fresh sage sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine garlic and oil in small ovenproof dish; cover tightly with foil. Bake until garlic is very tender, about 35 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer garlic and oil to processor; add butter and process until almost smooth. Transfer garlic butter to small bowl.

Sauté bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. (Garlic butter and bacon can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and chill. Bring garlic butter to room temperature before using.)

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half; transfer to heavy large skillet. Add garlic butter, bacon, and dried sage and toss over medium-high heat until potatoes are heated through, about 6 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to bowl. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.


( 12 ) Best Turkey Ever! Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Caramelized Onion Gravy: 
Onion base for gravy:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
4 large onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
Turkey:
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 21- to 22-pound turkey; neck, heart, and gizzard reserved
1 large onion, quartered
4 1/2 cups (about) low-salt chicken broth
2 large fresh rosemary sprigs
2 large fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons all purpose flour

For gravy base:
Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until deep brown, about 40 minutes. Mix in rosemary and thyme, then flour; stir 1 minute. Add vinegar and honey; simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

For turkey:
Mix butter and herbs in small bowl. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry. Place on rack set in large roasting pan. Sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Starting at neck end, slide hand between skin and breast meat to loosen skin. Spread 1/4 cup herb butter over breast meat under skin. Rub remaining butter over outside of turkey. Place turkey parts and onion quarters in pan around turkey. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Set rack at lowest position in oven and preheat to 350°F. If stuffing turkey, spoon stuffing loosely into main cavity and neck cavity. Tuck wing tips under; tie legs together loosely to hold shape. Roast turkey uncovered 1 hour. Tent turkey breast and tops of drumsticks loosely with foil; roast 1 hour longer. Add 1 cup broth, herb sprigs, and bay leaf to drippings in pan. Continue to roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, basting with 3/4 cup broth and pan juices every 30 minutes, about 2 hours 30 minutes longer for unstuffed and 3 hours longer for stuffed. Transfer turkey to platter; let stand 30 minutes (internal temperature will increase 5 to 10 degrees).

Strain pan juices into 8-cup measuring cup; spoon fat off top. Heat gravy base over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then pan juices. Boil until gravy is reduced to 7 cups, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.