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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes- that aren’t green bean casserole! These classic recipes are a great addition to holiday menus. While turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing are main parts of our Thanksgiving menu, side dishes are an equally important part of the spread. We like to keep it light with a simple vegetable dish, since the rest of the meal is pretty hearty.

Whether you’re looking for a dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, or low carb option, we have something for you! An easy swap to make any of these dairy free is to simply use Redstone Olive Oil or your favorite dairy free butter alternative.

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

A simple side for the holidays- oven roasted mushrooms coated with Chef Shamy Garlic Butter, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Be careful not to overcook them, or they’ll be mushy!

Garlic Parmesan Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Then, arrange the mushrooms in a single layer on a Crestware Cookie Sheet (#4020) lined with a Crestware Silicone Baking Mat (#8436).
  3. Use a basting brush to spread the melted butter on top of the mushrooms, then top with fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender.
  5. Before serving, garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

Adapted from: https://chefshamy.com/recipes/garlic-butter-roasted-mushrooms/

Tender roasted asparagus spears coated in tuscan herb oil and minced garlic, topped off with a generous amount of melty mozzarella and parmesan.

Sheet Pan Cheesy Roasted Garlic Asparagus

Instructions:

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and garlic until evenly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag. Add the asparagus to bag, zip top, and massage oil into asparagus until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the asparagus, in a single layer, on a large sheet pan. Generously salt & pepper the asparagus.
  4. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender, but not limp.
  5. Remove pan from the oven, sprinkle the cheeses evenly over the asparagus. Return to the oven, baking an extra 2 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted.
  6. Turn the broiler on, and broil just until the cheese bubbles and begins to turn golden brown.

From Catalog #11, 2021.

Tender Parisan carrots in a simple butter and brown sugar glaze, topped of with freshly chopped parsley. This simple dish is always a crowd favorite for Sunday dinners, and will be a great addition to Holiday menus.

Glazed Parisan Carrots

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, add the carrots and chicken broth to a pan. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the carrots are tender.
  2. Then, add the butter, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until it thickens slightly, then add the parsely.
  3. Trasnfer to a serving platter, and enjoy!

Looking for more vegetable recipes?

Skillet Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

Move over, Marie Callendar’s! We’ve found a new way to enjoy pot pies. Skillet Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie uses only one pot, and is incredibly easy to assemble. Plus, with our Henry & Henry Puff Pastry Squares (#2443), you don’t have to spend time making a homemade pie crust. This pot pie has diced chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas swimming in a creamy chicken gravy topped with a flaky puff pastry crust. And, since it only uses one pan and has minimal prep work, clean up is extremely easy.

Can I change this recipe?

Absolutely! Here are a few variations to try:

  1. Change the protein. Swap with Main St. Meats Stew Meat (#2607), chopped Golden Legacy Oven Roasted Turkey Breast (#9197), chopped Farmland Hickory Smoked Ham Steak (#5659) etc. Whatever you use instead, use the corresponding Custom Culinary Gravy.
  2. Top with pie crust instead. Find an easy recipe here.
  3. Use different vegetables. We suggest Flav-R-Pac 5-Way Mixed Vegetables (#1493), Flav-R-Pac Winter Mix (#6388), Simplot Flame-Roasted Corn & Jalapeno Blend (#1984), Flav-R-Pac Omelette Blend (#3216), and more. Find all options here.
  4. Add cheese- Sartori Grated Parmesan (#2599), Tillamook Shredded Cheddar Cheese (#1866), or even a simple cheese sauce.
  5. It would also be a great way to use Holiday leftovers- throw in chopped turkey, gravy, stuffing, green beans, etc.
Skillet Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie has diced chicken and vegetables swimming in a creamy chicken gravy topped with a flaky puff pastry crust.

Skillet Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Then, melt the butter in the cast iron skillet over medium low heat and saute the onions, carrots, and potatoes until tender, and just browned. Add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for another couple of minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Now, combine the water and gravy mix. Cook over medium heat, whisking until smooth and thickened. Add the vegetable blend back to the skillet, along with the heavy cream, peas, and chicken. And more salt and pepper as needed, and spread into a semi even layer.
  4. Then, carefully roll the puff pastry on a floured surfaced. Place them over the filling to the edge of the skillets, using as many squares as needed to cover the top. Fold or cut any over hang, then brush with the whisked egg white. Use a fork to poke some venting holes.
  5. Next, bake for 45-50 minutes or until golen brown. Place a Crestware Cookie Sheet (#5957) on the rack below to catch any drippings. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Adapted from: https://www.smalltownwoman.com/skillet-puff-pastry-chicken-pot-pie/

Add these comfort food recipes to your menu!

Risotto w/Peas, Carrots & Chicken

Creamy Risotto full of peas and diced carrots and chicken for a hearty weeknight meal. Plus, there’s no chopping required with our handy AP products!

Can I change this recipe?

Absolutely! The easiest way to change this recipe is to swap out the chicken with Pacific Seafood Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon Portions (#2239), Trident Alaskan Pollock Redi Cuts (#2259), or your favorite meat-substitute.

Try these easy recipes:

Risotto W/Peas, Carrots, & Chicken

Creamy Risotto full of peas and diced carrots and chicken for a hearty weeknight meal.

Risotto w/Peas, Carrots & Chicken

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, sautee the onions in the Garlic Infused Olive Oil over medium heat until tender. Then, add the uncooked rice and lemon juice and cook for approx. 5 minutes, or until the rice is just golden.
  2. Now, in a small saucepan bring the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, then ladle (#2390) 1/2 cup of the broth into the rice mixture, stirring frequently. Repeat until all the broth has been added, 1/2 cup at a time, until is it absorbed.
  3. Now, add the butter, Peas & Carrots, and chicken. Continue to cook until the rice is tender but with a slight crunch, and the chicken is heated through.
  4. If desired, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Adapted from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/pea-and-carrot-rissoto/

Delicious Ways to use Redstone Balsamic Vinegar

This rich and thick Redstone 18-Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar (#2439) goes well with any of our traditional extra virgin or flavored olive oils. The rich flavor is a great addition to meat, fish, and even vegetables. Whether you use it in a salad dressing or as a marinade, we promise you’ll love the flavor! Keep reading for a few of our favorite ways to use it.

7 Ways to Use Balsamic Vinegar:

  1. Reduce on stove over low heat stirring until thickened for a fabulous balsamic glaze.
  2. Mix with either of our Redstone Olive Oils, then dip with Rocky Mountain Sour Dough (#1987) for an appetizer to any Italian dinner.
  3. Drizzle on top of Flav-R-Pac Flame Roasted Redskins w/Rosemary Seasoning (#2068) or Bright Harvest Country Style Sweet Potato (#5968), then roast in the oven until slightly crisp.
  4. Turn into a simple marinade: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Redstone Olive Oil Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil (#2438), Regal Fine Sea Salt (#1146), and AP Table Grind Black Pepper (#1029).
  5. Whisk into a simple dressing for salads. Try this: Balsamic Steak Salad
  6. Mix into mayonnaise for a tangy condiment, and drizzle over grilled veggies.
  7. Enjoy a refreshing snack with sliced fresh tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, and basil balsamic drizzled on top. Caprese is typically best with a balsamic reduction sauce.
Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Rich, flavorful sauce to serve over pulled pork or ribs.

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, stirring until smooth, and simmer in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15 to 20 minutes.

From Catalog #11, 2020.

Tender roasted carrots topped with a zingy balsamic sauce.

Honey Balsamic Carrots

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Then, toss the carrots in oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto a Crestware Cookie Sheet (#4020) lined with a Silicone Baking Mat (#8436).
  3. Bake for 40 minutes, mixing half way through.
  4. Just before the carrots come out of the oven, start on the balsamic sauce: add the vinegar and honey to a pot and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Then, remove from the heat and stir in the butter until fully incorporated.
  5. Then, before serving, drizzle the sauce over the carrots.
  6. Serve as aside to grilled chicken, steak, or pork chops.

Adapted from: https://www.budgetbytes.com/honey-balsamic-carrots/

Traditional Irish Stew

Enjoy this hearty Traditional Irish Stew with a side of Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day for a more laid-back meal. You can use beef stew meat, or lamb cutlets for a more traditional rendition.

More St. Patty’s Day Recipes

When most people think of St. Patrick’s Day, they think of Corned Beef and Cabbage. This is the traditional main dish for a St. Patty’s Day meal. But, that can’t be all! In addition to the Corned Beef, we like to serve a delicious Irish Soda Bread. Other typical dishes include Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, or Colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage)

Warm up with a bowl of soup

Traditional Irish Stew

Enjoy this hearty Traditional Irish Stew with a side of Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day for a more laid-back meal.

Traditional Irish Stew

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, heat your oven to 350F.
  2. Then, add 1 Tbsp of oil to a large frying pan. Fry the beef until all sides are browned. Place into a casserole dish or oven-safe pot, then add the potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, and remaining 1 Tbsp of oil. Add any remaining vegetables.
  3. To the frying pan, add the flour and stir to soak any remaining fat and oil. Cook at a low temperature for about 3 minutes.
  4. Now, add the stock slowly until the sauce becomes thick and lump-free. Then, pour into the casserole dish over top the vegetables. Pour in any remaining stock, then top with tin foil or a lid. Cook for 1 hour.
  5. Next, add the cabbage, and place back into the oven for another hour. If the stock is reducing too much, add some boiling water so the meat and veggies are always covered. Season with salt and pepper as needed, and if desired add the stew seasoning. Serve while hot with a side of Soda Bread.

2 Soup Ideas using True Lemon Packets

Try these delicious, refreshing, colorful soups featuring our True Lemon Packets. These packets add natural flavor with zero calories or sugar. Real flavor from real fruit; just crystallized lemon. True Lemon contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors, and is completely allergen-free. How will you be using them?

More soups to love:

True Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

A simple brothy soup full of carrots, chicken, celery, chicken, and orzo for a delicious weeknight dinner.

True Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, saute the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in avocado oil in a large pot. Then, add the chicken broth, True Lemon water, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil.
  2. Next, add the orzo and allow to cook for 6-8 minutes, or until tender. Then, add the chicken until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and take the bay leaf out. Add the parsley, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.

Adapted from: https://www.truelemon.com/pages/true-lemon-chicken-orzo-soup

greek lemon soup

This Greek Lemon Soup is a great way to welcome warmer weather. It is full of a warming lemon flavor, potatoes, and rice.

Greek Lemon Soup

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, bring the chicken stock to a boil and add the rice and potatoes. Cover and reduce to low heat, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until the rice is tender.
  2. Next, whisk together the egg yolks and True Lemon. When the rice is done, add 1 cup of broth to the egg mixture, stirring frequently. Pour back into the pot, stirring frequently.
  3. Now, allow to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes to thicken. Season with salt and pepper, then ladle into bowls and add garnish. Serve with warmed Naan bread (#1686).

Adapted from: https://www.truelemon.com/pages/greek-lemon-soup

Bean & Bacon Soup

Bean & Bacon Soup is made with simple ingredients that we tend to have on hand, which makes it way better than a bowl of canned soup!

What do we serve soup with?

Typically, soup is the main dish for our dinners. But that doesn’t mean the meal is complete! We love to serve our soup with a variety of bread, depending on our mood. Thank goodness for options! Here are some of our favorites: Bread BowlsJaney Lou’s Beehive Rolls, Tuscan Mini Loaves, or our Ciabatta Bread. In addition, add some garlic butter using our Garlic Supreme to make your bread even better. 

How Long Does Bean & Bacon Soup Last?

You guessed it, in the fridge, cooked soup will typically last for 3 to 4 days. To further extend the shelf life, you can always freeze it. Just use covered, airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags

Here are some more soup recipes to try:

Bean & Bacon soup is one of our favorite, most classic soups to enjoy during these cold months. It’s easy to see that this recipe is really similar to another of our favorites, Bean and Ham Soup, but don’t let that stop you! Bean & Bacon Soup is made with simple ingredients that we tend to have on hand, which makes it way better than a bowl of canned soup! To make it even more divine, we love is to add some mozzarella or string cheese. There is nothing better than warm, gooey cheese in a delicious soup!

Bean & Bacon Soup

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon in large pot or Dutch oven until crisp.
  2. Remove and blot with paper towel to reduce grease.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  4. To the 2 Tbsp. hot bacon grease, add onions, carrots, celery and garlic.
  5. Cook over medium heat until ingredients begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  7. Stir in chicken broth and beans.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Bring to a slow boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  10. Transfer half of the soup to blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Return puree to soup pot and stir.
  11. Add tomato sauce and 3/4 of the reserved bacon and stir to combine.
  12. Let soup simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  13. Serve topped with remaining bacon. Season to taste.