Knock-Your-Socks-Off Turkey Side Dishes?
Ive just been invited to a dinner party where the host will be cooking a turkey. I have been asked to bring two side dishes. Any knock-your-socks-off suggestions?
Here's three that I've found useful in the past. I love chutney's with turkey, especially if it get's a little dry. Sweet potatoes aren't one of my favorites, but everyone else loves them, and who doesn't love fruit and nuts.
Cranberry Chutney http://southernfood.about.com/od/cran...
Sweet Potato & Apple Bake http://southernfood.about.com/od/swee...
Fruit & Nut Salad http://southernfood.about.com/od/frui...
Here's three that I've found come in great with turkey. Cranberry chutney served on the side is great especially if the turkey is a little dry. Sweet potatoes&apples are a great combination, I'm not crazy about sweet potatoes but lots of people are, and who doesn't like fruit and nuts? Have fun!
What about a carrot souffle? This was a big deal at an Easter buffet I prepared last minute when I didn't know what to do with a bunch of carrots. I think I found it in an old church fundraiser cookbook- boiled carrots until tender, drain, I mashed using the Magic Bullet, eggs, sugar, butter, etc bake. My nephew & his 19 year old friends stood over the bowl with spoons. I thought it was really good and I pick savory over sweet usually, but this was a do-again.
A turkey traditional side in our family is baked stuffed mushrooms. You can do your own thing here but ours always involve crumbled browned sausage, sauteed mushroom stems and broken pieces, tiny bit of garlic, shallot or onions, fresh bread crumbs, chicken broth, grated parm. Get the BIGGEST mushrooms you can find to stuff, I put a litttle chicken broth in the bottom of the pyrex if the shrooms are smallish, they won't shrink up as fast that way.
I make a sausage stuffing (or any stuffing, really) using duck broth for the liquid, and using duck fat to saute the mirepoix). this stuffing usually kicks the ass of the turkey.
Made this Jean-Georges Vongerichten recipe for Thanksgiving last year and it truly does knock your socks off. It's very rich, though, and perhaps not not what would first come to mind for a summer meal. But it is outstanding and goes really well with turkey, either as a substitute for stuffing or as an additional side.
• 1 1/4 (16 ounce) packages frozen corn kernels
• 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• salt and pepper to taste
1. In a slow cooker, combine corn, cream cheese, butter, milk, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cook on High for 2 to 4 hours, or on Low for 4 to 6 hours.
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
1/2 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
ADD and BLEND
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. lemon juice
Form into a log shape and refrigerate. Fabulous with baked potatoes, corn on the cob, or veggies.
Everyone asks for this recipe.