Simple Fall Slaw, Slow Cooked Winter Squash with Sage and Thyme, and Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Walnuts
Everyone knows the best part of Thanksgiving are the sides. Maybe you’re a sweet potato person, grabbing a bit of that marshmallow goodness. Or green bean casserole is the dish that makes your holiday. Not even mentioning the Great Stuffing vs. Dressing debates. This week we have a few new offerings to add to your holiday rotation. Thanksgiving sides that are fresh, festive, and worthy of a place at your table.
Sometimes a little freshness on the plate is a welcome diversion from the Thanksgiving plate. This slaw delivers with fall fruits and vegetables, apples, beets, and carrots, all tossed in a creamy tahini dressing. Truth be told, we’re going to love this all season long.
- Kate substituted salad turnips for the radishes and loved it.
- Be careful with your mandoline! (Likely you know this but Kate had another reminder this episode.)
- Looking for a mandoline? Kate uses a model that’s also a Cook’s Illustrated favorite. (Amazon affiliate link- thank you!)
Squash is a must-have for many Thanksgiving tables. Here’s a simple yet decadent version of roasted squash. Fragrant with sage and thyme, we loved the way this looked on the serving platter.
- We used delicata, butternut, and honeynut squash for this and all worked well.
- Kate used leftover delicata squash to make an amazing sandwich with layers of vegetables, sharp cheddar cheese, and a swipe of mustard.
Looks like twice baked potatoes aren’t just for regular spuds anymore. Bake up some individual portions of sweet potatoes and delight the kids and adults in your family. We loved the tang of greek yogurt and the crunchy walnut topping.
- Scale up or down- this recipe was very flexible.
- Betsy skipped the butter in the topping and didn’t notice it one bit.
- We think you could make these up until the second bake and then pop in the oven for a make-ahead side.
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Looking for tips on what to do with a big bird, even if you’re cooking for two this year? Head over to our Facebook group for all sorts of advice. We hear turkey stock is amazing. Kate is excited about Jul’s Kitchen cookie exchange. Head over to her site to get matched up with two other people. Then wait by the mailbox for cookie fun.