If you haven't yet drawn up your menu for Thursday, you've still
probably made it as far as pinning down which turkey recipe you're
going to use. A lot of us, though, don't bother worrying
about the vegetables because...they're vegetables! It's
enough work dealing with the bird, the stuffing, the pies.
The same goes for starchy sides.
But with so many wonderful books focused on vegetables and
grains these last few years, you might as well stop a moment before
hauling out the candied yams again. I've collected some
really great side dishes this year and I thought I'd share them.
None of them are difficult, even at the last moment.
And many can go in the same oven as the turkey, if you've got
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with
capers and lemony browned butter, from All About
- Absurdly addictive
asparagus, from The Food52 Cookbook
- Roasted cauliflower
with pomegranate seeds, mint and salted yogurt from
Cook This Now
- Slightly honeyed couscous, from The Bonne
- Broccoli with red onions and
tamari walnuts, from Fresh and Fast
- Cabbage salad with peanuts, mint,
and chile, from Cook This Now
- Mustard crusted roast
potatoes, from All About Roasting
- Raw zucchini salad,
from Ruhlman's Twenty
- Zucchini with onions and
oregano, from The Food of Spain
- Wild rice
casserole fromSuper Natural Every Day
- Millet with
cranberries and pistachios from Clean
I'm sure there's still more, too.
When you're finally done washing up, it'll be time to put away
the cookbooks, flop in a chair--and then order some more
cookbooks! this time as gifts, for your friends and family.
You can find many, many recommendations from my
NPR list and the
excellent list of alternates. (And, if I may, don't
A Spoonful of Promises: Recipes & Stories from a Well-Tempered
Table--the perfect holiday gift for food lovers who like to
Stay warm, eat well, and come back next week with your kitchen
battle stories and feastly memories.