Friday, 18 Jan 2019

If your favorite part of Thanksgiving is the sides, here's how to make them count

For some of us, the best part of a holiday meal. Here's a selection of greens, squash, pots and more to add color, and a few fresh flavors, to your feast.

You will notice a mashed potato-size hole missing from this collection, but do not fret – there's a whole other article coming for that. So stay tuned.

Tamari-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, above. Just five ingredients that result in complex-tasting sprouts. Sesame oil gives a hint of smokiness, while tamari and fish sauce provide all the salty umami notes you crave.

Other sprouts: Best Brussels Ever Sprouts (they have bacon!); Shredded Sprouts Slaw With Gorgonzola + Hazelnuts (it's raw!).

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post, Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Zippy Green Beans. With all respect for the traditional green bean saucepan, we're very much in this simple, fresh take on the vegetable. Mustard Seeds and Fresh Ginger add loads of flavor; you can even make them spicy.

Green beans elsewhere: Vegan Green Bean Saucepan; Chopped String Beans With Basil and Pine Nuts; Brown Butter Green Beans.

(Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

Sweet Potato Sauce (a Makeover). A few tweaks take the usual sugar-and-calorie-dense side into more healthful territory. You can bake it a day ahead of time; let it cool before covering and refrigerating, then reheat, covered with foil foil, at 250 degrees for 20 minutes just before serving. If the classic 'mallow-topped dish is more your speed', try Peanut Crunch Sweet Potatoes.

(Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Collard Greens. Bacon, onion, garlic, salt and pepper are all these greens need to be super flavorful. A bonus: They do not require a long cook time. Another bonus: The recipe is from Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, so you can use that constructive dialogue around the table.

(Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

Fennel Gratins. Maybe you've been here with something "new, cool and hip." Try these simple, savory, crispy bites – they can be served warm or at room temperature in a cinch.

(Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Soul Food Macaroni and Cheese. This baked dish is nice and creamy, thanks to cream cheese, whole milk, evaporated milk, two types of cheddar and a helping of Velveeta, for good measure. It serves 12, but with a table full of other sides, we would have the serving number substantially.

(Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post, Amanda Soto / The Washington Post)

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Root Vegetables. Simple yet elegant, with a mix of cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne. If we were the planning types, we would keep an eye on these for compiling a leftover Thanksgiving hash for breakfast.

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