Tag: side dishes

A Thanksgiving Side Note

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we’ll assume you already have a great turkey and gravy recipe, so today we are focusing on the side dishes (btw, if you are still sans bird recipe, don’t panic, and just check out our critically acclaimed, two-part video series, How to Make Turkey and Gravy).
 

Everyone knows, it’s not a great turkey that makes the meal, it’s what you pair it with. What good is a beautiful bird sitting next to a bunch of so-so sides? With that in mind, here’s a little collection of thanksgiving appropriate dishes from days gone by. Don’t let the poor producton value on the older videos fool you, these are some great sides, and would make a lovely addition to your holiday spread. Enjoy!

Creamed Spinach

Creamy Corn Custard

Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Bread Stuffing

Green Bean and Blue Cheese Gratin

Lime and Chipotle Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Celery Root and Potato Puree

Cold Broccoli Salad

Cheesy Broccoli Gratin

Butter Roasted Cauliflower


Bok Choy Steamed Rice – You Can Taste the Unconventional Wisdom

With all the fancy, grilled summer meats flying around, it’s easy to forget about the side dishes. Nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen, when they could be outside playing volleyball in jhorts, but with this easy bok choy rice, you can have something way more interesting in the same time as it takes to make plain rice.


I believe we’ve covered this before, but yes, I’m cooking the stems about 15 minutes more than is fashionable. I love a crisp stalk of bok choy as much as the next guy, but here we kind of want it to melt into the rice. Conventional wisdom says to cook quick, but I wanted a softer, sweeter, and more subtly sulfuric grain. Think braised cabbage rolls if you’re still having a problem.

By the way, if your rice package says 2 parts water to 1 part rice, ignore it. Too much water is the main reason people screw up rice. I find 1 1/2 cups of water to each cup of long grain rice works way better, especially in dishes like this. So, ignore those directions, and give this delicious side a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 portions:
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup long grain rice
1 large bok choy, separated, and sliced
1 tsp soy sauce, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp sambal chili sauce
toasted sesame seeds to garnish

Top 20 recipes for September

Fancy trying out a new recipe this month? We’ve rounded up the very best of our impressive cakes and bakes, seasonal recipe ideas and quick weeknight dinners for you to make this September.

Has watching The Great British Bake Off got you itching to put on your apron and get baking? We’ve got some beautiful cake recipes to impress friends and family like angel food cake and a brilliant chocolate fingers birthday cake, as well as some classic British bakes from Mary Berry herself. 

When it comes to dinner-time we’ve got some autumn favourites to welcome in the new season, including steak and ale pie and a crumble from the Hairy Bikers. We’ve also got a waistline-friendly recipe from the boys, as well as other quick and healthy ideas for pasta, chicken and side dishes. Make the most of late-summer’s fruit and veg with our ideas for using up courgettes, raspberries and blackberries. 

Whatever you’re up to this month, we’ve got the recipes to make September in the kitchen go with a bang.

So have a look through our top 20 recipes and decide which one to make first…

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