Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alternative Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is practically a week late this year, which means there is plenty of time to make plans for the big meal. Are you tired of the same old dishes? Or maybe this year you have special dietary needs, like dairy or gluten free or vegan. Here are some of the unique Thanksgiving-esque dishes I have made over the past few years.

  • Herb Butter I've always enjoyed herb butter at restaurants, but never thought to make it at home until last Thanksgiving. Greg and I had dinner with his family and helped out in the kitchen, which is how I learned this delicious and terribly easy recipe.
  • Dairy Free Green Bean Casserole This is one of the most visited entries I have ever done! I guess there is a high need for a dairy free Thanksgiving. Making green bean casserole from scratch is really not as difficult as it sounds, and it allows you to make it dairy free by using soy creamer instead of half and half. By substituting vegetable broth for chicken broth, this dish becomes vegetarian and vegan, too!
  • Peas With Artichokes This is known as "arakas me aginares" in Greek, and is a wonderful vegetable side dish. On its own, this is a vegan dish. It is traditionally served with bread, so in order to maintain its vegan status, just choose vegan bread.
  • Spinach and Cheese Who doesn't love a cheesy gooey side dish of deliciousness? Spinach is really, really, good for you, and cheese is its own reward.
  • Swedish Meat-less Balls There is a trick I learned since making these. When adding liquid to cornstarch, start with the required amount of cornstarch in a bowl, then drop by drop add the liquid, creaming it together. That way, there are no icky starchy lumps! 

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