|make your stomach happy||.||
Sure, think Thanksgiving and the first thing that comes to mind is inevitably the big roast turkey, all browned and lovely, taking center stage on the holiday table. But when I’m really being honest with myself, no matter what painstaking efforts I’ve taken to ensure that the bird is as juicy and delicious and flavorful as possible, the turkey itself? Rarely is it the culinary highlight of my Thanksgiving meal. Nope, when I find myself reaching for seconds, heck, even thirds -- never mind that I’ve already had to unbutton my pants to accommodate my gluttonous feasting -- the foods I’m reaching for are inevitably the accompaniments, the goodies meant to go with the turkey. Yes, in many ways, the turkey is just the vehicle for the really yummy stuff: the side dishes.
Still, with all the attention we end up having to devote to the main feature, there isn’t always time to labor over the tasty veggies and starches that tradition demands must go along with the turkey itself. Fortunately, many of the best turkey-friendly side dishes are a breeze to throw together, even for those whose culinary skills are a far cry from gourmet.
Looking for some easy-breezy traditional Thanksgiving accompaniments that are chock full of gut-filling, comfort-food goodness? Check out these recipes…
Note: All the recipes will serve 6 as a side at a regular dinner; for a big feast with multiple side dish options, they’ll feed 8.
peas with pancetta
4 cups frozen baby peas, thawed
serves 6 as a side
1 Chop up the pancetta into
small cubes (no bigger than a ¼”
or so) and mince up the garlic finely.