I am sharing two of my favorite Thanksgiving sides that we have prepared in our home before. These are simple recipes that will be an instant hit at any celebration.
You can’t have turkey and gravy without mashed potatoes. These mashed potatoes are loaded with butter, creme fraiche, and cream cheese—thank goodness we know fat is good for us!
The butternut squash casserole dish is a fabulous alternative to the tired sweet potato casserole side. Topped with properly prepared, crispy pecans, this Thanksgiving side will delight anyone who tastes it.Print
1 small/medium butternut squash peeled, seeded, and diced into ¾ inch cubes
4 tablespoons of ghee (or bacon fat works well)
1 sprig of thyme minced (rosemary works well too)
1 cup of properly prepared pecans soaked and dehydrated
Salt to taste
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 TBL coconut sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the butternut squash with the thyme, salt and ghee.
Arrange the butternut squash in a casserole dish and bake in the oven for 25-30minutes until the squash is tender.
While squash is baking, roughly chop the pecans and toss with nutmeg and coconut sugar.
When squash is finished cooking, remove from the oven and top with pecans. Place the casserole dish back in the oven to heat the pecans for 5minutes.
Remove and enjoy.
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Creamy, buttery, delicious mashed potatoes
5lbs of russet or gold Yukon potatoes
2 sticks of butter plus more for topping, cut into large pieces
¼ cup of creme fraiche
1 8oz package of organic cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. (When they’re cooked through, a fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.)
Preheat the oven to to 350 degrees
Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a large colander. Place them into the bowl of a stand mixer and add the pieces of butter, 8oz package of cream cheese, and creme fraiche. Turn the stand mixer on medium and mix and mash together until everything is relatively smooth. Don’t over mix! Add salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the potatoes to a medium-sized baking dish. Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place in the oven until the butter is melted and the potatoes are warmed through.
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