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3 Thanksgiving Dishes to Make
Turkey gets all the attention during the month of November, but we shouldn’t forget about the sides! There are some side dishes that deserve just as much praise because it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them! We’ve put together a list of three must-have Thanksgiving sides and their easy-to-follow recipes so that the only thing you need to worry about is the grocery shopping!
1. Gourmet Green Bean Casserole
Green bean casserole is one of those dishes people look forward to all year long. Take this classic to the next level by using fresh green beans instead of frozen, and swapping the cream of mushroom soup for half and half and spices. You’ll be sure to taste the difference!
Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half and half
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the onions, flour, panko and salt then toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray, spread the onions evenly on the pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use and turn the oven down to 400 degrees.
While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Once boiling, add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet and add mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook approximately 4 to 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and nutmeg and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour to the mixture cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook for another 6 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until bubbly.
2. Classic Cranberry Sauce
Start to finish: 37 minutes
There’s just something special about cranberry sauce paired with turkey. It’s one of the great combinations in life, but unlike ketchup and fries or cheese and crackers, it only comes around once a year. You’d better get your fix of cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, because you’ll have to wait another 365 days before you’ll be able to indulge in this delectable duo again.
1 pound fresh cranberries, washed and dried
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 orange, zested and juiced
Combine the cranberries, sugar and water in a medium pot and stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick, allspice and nutmeg. Simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole, which is fine. Lastly, add the orange juice and zest. Stir so that the mixture is evenly combined and allow it to cool before serving.
3. Fancy Thanksgiving Dressing
This dressing recipe will put the dry stuff your great aunt makes each year to shame. Caramelized onions and apples bring some sweetness and depth to this often overlooked side dish. Guests will definitely be coming back for seconds of this stuffing!
Start to finish time: 1 hour 10 minutes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 loaf country bread
2 large onions
3 stalks of celery
2 medium parsnips
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh sage
3-½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 crisp red apples (Braeburn or Gala work well)
3 large eggs
Place the bread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes at 375 degrees, until they’re dry and turning golden brown. Transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips and cook, uncovered for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the onions are beginning to brown. Stir in the garlic, parsley and sage and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
Pour the broth over the toasted bread and toss until nearly absorbed. Add the vegetable mixture and the apples and mix to combine. Fold in the egg and transfer the mixture to a greased 3-quart baking dish. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
If cooking Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t sound like fun to you, don’t worry! You can still indulge in your favorite fall flavors without stepping foot in the kitchen. Join us at Isle of Capri® Casino Hotel Boonville and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet at the Farmer’s Pick Buffet®. You can dine in or bring your meal home with the Holiday To-Go option. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
When: Thursday, November 24th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $24.99 before tax and gratuity
What: Meal will include all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving fare, crab legs, surf & turf plus all of your original buffet favorites!