I love Thanksgiving sides. I'm always trying to incorporate them into random meals, hoping that no one will notice how they don't actually go with the meal.
By far, mashed potatoes are my favorite! I don't what it is (probably the fact I grew up in the South), but I'll eat mashed potatoes with any meal! This version is super low-maintenance, in light the the heavy cooking involved with Thanksgiving (actually all three of these sides are so low maintenance its ridiculous!) For the cranberry sauce, I went classic with fresh cranberries flavored with orange and a little wine.
And finally the green beans. With the carb-heavy nature of the my Thanksgiving meal, I didn't really want to do a traditional green-bean casserole. So I decided to created this super simple roasted version. Now, I'll admit, I've been told green beans aren't traditional roasted, but these were so yummy (and I'm not a huge just vegetables girl) that I think a little rule breaking was completely ok!
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 3 - 4 large potatoes - peeled, cubed, and rinsed
- 2 tbs garlic powder
- 1 tbs salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (use milk for a lighter version, but for Thanksgiving calories don't count)
- 4 tbs butter
- Place a large pot of water to boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Then add potatoes. When they are tender (a fork should able to go through the potato easily), drain the water.
- Lower the temperature to medium-low. Add milk, garlic powder, cream, and butter. Mash the potatoes.
- Green Beans
- 1 bag green beans
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne
- Marinate the beans in olive oil, red pepper, salt, pepper garlic, and cayenne.
- Place in casserole dish and bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes. (until beans are tender)
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine
- Juice from one Orange
- 1 tsp orange zest.
- Place everything in pot over high heat.
- Bring to boil while stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer.
- After about 5 minutes your sauce is ready (the cranberries should be mushy and the liquid saucy).
- Chill before serving.