Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Side Dishes

As you can see from last week's blog, I'm in "Holiday" mode for a few weeks.  This week I have "Side Dishes" to go with that special entrée you're serving this year.

Holiday meals can come with quite a few side dishes.  After all, we treat the big meal on our major holidays as a feast.  Some folk may have as many as half a dozen different side dishes for the dinner.  I'm going to offer two and both deal with potatoes.  If you are looking for some other type of side dish or even a different potato dish, I have more than enough on the recipe tabs at the top of this page.
Be sure to check them out too.

For Wednesday, I have a "Twice Baked Potato Casserole" for you to try.  It gives you the taste and look of the individual ones that take so much work.  This is quite easy in comparison.  You could also take a little of the mixture and put it in a piping bag.  Then pipe a fancy top on the casserole to give it more of a festive look.

I need to bring up that since I now live in Minnesota, I should be calling this a "Hot Dish" and not a "Casserole" as titled.  Having just read an article on Minnesota and their unique use of "Hot Dish" as a term for anything in a 9x 13 baking dish that goes in the oven.  Although technically, a "Hot Dish" is to contain a protein, starch and a "Cream of" any kind of soup from what I read.  So if you live in Minnesota and make this recipe or share it with someone, please change "Casserole" to "Hot Dish" in the title.  Thanks.

"Mashed Root Vegetables" is the recipe for Thursday.  It starts with "Potatoes" but we add "Parsnips" and "Turnips" to them.  These last two ingredients are big fall vegetables that don't get all the playing time others one do.  But they have great flavor and are versatile too.  Besides working well in this recipe, they are great roasted by themselves or with other vegetables.  If you haven't tried them before, you don't know what you're missing.  Give them a try and they are budget friendly too.

Again, I'm just trying to give you some new ideas to try for this year's holidays or any other special meal you have going.  So give them a try and "Happy Cooking" until next week.

Don't forget to spread the word on my food blog too.  Thanks.

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