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What Are You Serving With That Turkey?


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Thanksgiving IS turkey day – that’s obvious. But the question is…what are you going to serve with that bird?

Here are a couple of ideas for side dishes that will help complete your holiday table.


From Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen:

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish


1 (1 pound) package cranberries, rinsed and drained; toss wrinkled berries and stems

1 ½ cups sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Juice and pulp from 2/3 lemon, seeded

2 oranges, peeled, sliced, and seeded


Place the cranberries, sugar, and vanilla into a food processor; process a few seconds to reduce bulk. Add the lemon and process 5 seconds. Add oranges and process just until well mixed, about 5 seconds. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.


From Alex Guarnaschelli’s Old-School Comfort Food:

Mashed and Oven-Dried Sweet Potatoes


Oven Dried Mashed Sweet Potatoes


2 pounds medium sweet potatoes (about 5), scrubbed

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons, orange, not fresh squeezed

1 ½ teaspoons sherry vinegar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 400.

2. Cook the sweet potatoes: Put the potatoes right on the oven rack. No foil. No baking sheet. This will allow the oven heat to circulate more freely around the potatoes as they cook. Put a layer of foil on the floor of the oven to avoid messy cleanup. Roast until the potatoes are completely yielding in the center when pierced with the tip of a knife, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on their size. Remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 300.

3. Mash the sweet potatoes: Use a sharp knife to cut lengthwise down the middle of each sweet potato. Scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon, leaving the skin behind. Transfer the flesh to a food processor and pulse to blend until smooth. Do not overblend or it will make the potatoes gummy. Put the potato in a medium overproof dish. Spread it out in an even layer.

4. Bake the sweet potatoes: Once the oven registers 300, bake the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes and then give the flesh a stir again. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Transfer the sweet potato flesh to a medium bowl and season with salt. Stir in some of the orange juice, the sherry vinegar, and butter if using. Taste the seasoning. Add more orange juice, if needed.



By: Dennis Abrams – TEAM RAGE Contributing Author

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