Simple & Unique Sides For Thanksgiving!

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When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner everyone has their own special recipes and traditions. Whether its Grandma’s secret to that juiciest of turkeys or your auntie’s coveted lemon meringue pie recipe, every family has them. We all know not to mess with a good thing, but how about this year trying one of these delicious little extras and see if you can’t start a new tradition!

Bread Sauce

How about something that would have been a familiar flavor to the pilgrims? Still enjoyed today by Brits alongside their turkey or chicken dinner, bread sauce makes a great accompaniment to any Thanksgiving plate.

You will need (serves 10-12):

1 pint of milk

2oz unsalted butter

4oz white breadcrumbs (grated from a slightly stale loaf of white bread with the crusts removed)

1 large yellow onion

8 black peppercorns

10 cloves

1 bay leaf

4 tbsp single cream (or 2 tbsp double cream)

Pinch of grated nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Half the onion and simmer in a pan along with the butter, milk, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaf for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove peppercorns, onion and bay leaf with a strainer and stir in the freshly grated bread crumbs. On a low heat allow the breadcrumbs to absorb some of the sauce (5-7 minutes) before stirring in the cream and nutmeg.
  3. Serve immediately, or if making in advance add the onions, peppercorn and bay leaf back to the sauce until ready to serve when they should again be removed.

Pumpkin Mac ’N’ Cheese

Combine the star of the season with everybody’s favorite comfort food and cook up some delicious pumpkin mac ‘n’ cheese!

You will need (serves 4 as a main or 10 as a side):

2 ¼ cups milk

2 ¼ cups pumpkin

1 ¼ cup macaroni

1/3 cup of white flour

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp butter

2 ½ cups cheddar cheese

½ cup Parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Drizzle oil over chopped pumpkin and season with salt, pepper, and sage. Roast for 20 minutes at 375F. Once cooked, mash half and set aside.  
  2. For the sauce melt butter and gradually add flour, stirring to ensure it doesn’t clump. Steadily stir in milk and cook sauce until it thickens (5-10 minutes).
  3. Add pepper, nutmeg, garlic powder, cheddar, Parmesan, pumpkin, and macaroni into the sauce and mix well.  
  4. Top with a cheddar and Parmesan and grill for 10 minutes, or until cheese is brown.

Celeriac Mash 

Stay seasonal and try your hand at some straightforward yet flavorsome celeriac mash. It’s a simple side that has a whole lot to offer!

You will need:

1 celeriac

2 garlic cloves

1 ½ tbsp olive oil

½ cup of vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Whilst waiting for it to heat up dice the celeriac and mince the garlic before adding this to the pot. Cook on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  2. Reduce heat and pour in the stock, covering the pot with a lid. Cook for between 20-25 minutes checking to ensure celeriac is tender before draining any excess liquid and mashing.
  3. Season and serve!