5 Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Fredericksburg Farms

We all have our family favorites, recipes that have been passed down through the generations. But just like there's always room for new family members at the table, there's always room for a few new dishes. These easy recipes will make filling your table with tasty sides a cinch!

 

1. Creamed Corn Ole

Give your creamed corn a zesty upgrade this year and be thankful for extra flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 20oz frozen corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 packet Green Chile Ole Dip
  • Dash of salt

Instructions:

  • If using slow cooker: combine all ingredients on medium heat and stir every 5 mins until combined.
  • Cook on high 1 hr (or until corn is tender) & set on warm until ready to serve.
  • If using oven: melt the milk & cream cheese on your stovetop on low heat.
  • Add dip and salt to the dairy mixture, stirring until there are no lumps.
  • Put corn into a baking dish and pour the liquid mix over it. Bake at 300 for 45 mins.

 

2. Sweet Potatoes with a Kick

Plain old sweet potatoes are yummy. Sweet potatoes with chipotle and bourbon won't last 5 minutes on your Thanksgiving table!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Chipotle Grilling Glaze
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 shot bourbon (optional) 
  • Pinch of pie spice (optional)
  • 3lb sweet potatoes (about 5 medium potatoes)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Rub the sides & bottom of a medium sized baking dish with butter
  • Peel sweet potatoes and slice into rounds approximately a half inch thick, place in pan
  • Combine glaze, salt, spices, bourbon, and butter. Microwave until the liquid is hot enough to melt butter and stir to combine
  • Pour glaze over sweet potatoes and cover with foil. Bake for one hour, then remove foil and bake an additional thirty minutes. If the potatoes look dry, add extra glaze or water to prevent burning

 

3. Pumpkorn bread

This delicious sweetbread can be served as a side or a dessert. Make your own pumpkin puree by blending baked pumpkin with just enough water to make it smooth!

Ingredients:

  • Butter (to grease 9" baking pan)
  • 1 box Texas Campfire Cornbread Mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree or pie filling
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (or less)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
  • Dash of pie spice (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 and butter your 9" square baking dish. You can use a bigger dish if you want a crispier cornbread
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine all wet ingredients except milk. If your wet mix is the consistency of yogurt or thicker, add 1/2 cup milk at a time until it's pourable. (the consistency varies depending on the pumpkin product you use!)
  • Add wet ingredients to dry. The batter texture should be in between cookie dough & cake batter - add more milk if it's too stiff, but be careful not to overstir or it won't rise properly.
  • Pour into your greased baking dish and bake until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean (20-30 mins).

 

4. Turkey Gravy de Provence

European elegance meets American classic fare, and it's all ridiculously easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet plain turkey gravy mix
  • 1 packet Herbes de Provence Bread Dipping Mix

Instructions:

  • Make the gravy according to packet instructions, adding 1 tsp of Herbes de Provence Bread Dipping Mix per cup of finished gravy
  • Let sit for at least an hour for flavors to develop & reheat before serving. Strain to remove larger chunks of herb if desired.

 

5. Sweet Hot Jalapeno Green Beans

Butter & jalapenos in a cast iron skillet makes these green beans distinctively Texan with a much greater wow factor than a simple casserole. Only four ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb fresh green beans
  • 1/3 cup drained Sweet Hot Jalapenos (reserve juice!)
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • dash of salt

Instructions:

  • Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet. Once butter is melted, add green beans & salt and cook for 5-8 minutes
  • Add jalapenos and continue cooking until green beans are tender as you like 'em (2-5 more minutes)
  • Serve hot & pour over the reserved juice for extra flavor


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