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Jessica Harlan

Planning Ahead: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

By November 11, 2012

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Green Beans and Mushrooms

Some members of my family, who won't be together on Thanksgiving Day, decided to have an early Thanksgiving celebration since we won't be spending the actual holiday together. It was a fun and relaxing day, with far less pressure than the actual Thanksgiving dinner, and it gave me the chance to try out some of the recipes I was hoping to make on the actual day. Even if you're not having a Thanksgiving dinner dress rehearsal, it's still a good idea to start thinking about the recipes you'll be preparing, and even trying out one of the sides or two during a regular weeknight dinner. Two to consider:

  • Green Beans and Mushrooms with Fried Shallots - this is a healthier and fresher riff on the ubiquitous green bean casserole that's a mainstay on so many Thanksgiving tables. Made with fresh (not canned) green beans, exotic oyster mushrooms and a luxurious, but easy to make, creamy sauce, and topped with a tangle of fried shallots, this recipe will convince you never to make the canned version again.
  • Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts - I adore brussels sprouts prepared just about any way, and this recipe keeps them juicy and tender by cooking them in apple cider. I like them with crispy bacon sprinkled on top, but if there will be some vegetarians at your table, the bacon can easily be omitted.

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