Side dishes to spice up Thanksgiving

Cierra Cook
Lifestyles Editor


Do you want to try something new this Thanksgiving that will spice up your turkey? Try some new side dishes this year to spice up both the turkey and your stomach. Here are some recipes from food


1. Slow Cooker Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

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5 pounds medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 to 2 cups milk, warm
2 tablespoons sliced chives

Toss the potatoes, butter, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add 1 cup of water, then cover and cook on high until the potatoes are tender, about 4 hours. (The potatoes might have browned lightly in spots but that is okay.)

Remove the lid and add the sour cream and 1 1/2 cups warm milk to the potatoes. Use a potato masher to smash the potatoes until they are mostly smooth. If the potatoes need to be thinned out, stir in the remaining 1/2 cup warm milk. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Garnish with chives.


2. Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

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2 cups cranberry juice
1 (6-ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 cup sugar
2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 teaspoons corn starch

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cranberry juice, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have softened and apples are tender, about 5 minutes.

Remove 8 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch-juice mixture (slurry) to the cranberry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve.


3. Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

3 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 12 cups)
1 pound sliced cremini mushrooms (about 8 cups)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups half-and-half
2 cups canned french-fried onions

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Combine the green beans, mushrooms and 1 teaspoon salt in a 6-quart slow cooker.

Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, then add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is just softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and stir constantly until it thickens into a paste, about 2 minutes. Add the half-and-half and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and stir to coat the vegetables. (The sauce will loosen as it cooks.)

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low until the green beans are tender but not mushy, about 4 hours. Remove the lid and stir. If the green beans look too soupy, cook for an additional 15 minutes uncovered. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a shallow serving dish and sprinkle with the fried onions. Serve hot.


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