If you’re cooking up a whole meal for the family, it’s important to prepare food that everyone can eat, from kids to seniors. Maybe this year you have a handful of kids with finicky tastes or perhaps you need to cook for your aging loved one with the help of a home health care caregiver. That’s why we have a list of the top three, no-fail Thanksgiving Day side dishes.
Homemade cranberry sauce. This is a great side because not only is it a Thanksgiving Day classic, it extremely easy for children and aging adults to eat. For Grandma Erma’s Spirited Cranberry Sauce from Southern Living stir together 2 cups of sugar, ½ cup of Port and ¾ cup of water in a saucepan. Then add 4 cups of fresh cranberries and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes and let it cool for 15 minutes. Next, pulse the cranberries in a food processor 4 times and then add ¼ cup orange liqueur and voila! Chill for 8 hours before serving.
“The Best Mashed Potatoes” from Food Network are sure to please every palate. Dump 2 and a ½ lbs. of quartered Yukon gold potatoes into a large pan of cold salted water. Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. While they’re cooking, heat 1 stick of unsalted butter and ¾ cup of half and half in a small pot over low heat. Once the potatoes are done, drain the water from the pot and set the heating to low, stirring the potatoes to soak up any excess water.
Thoroughly mash your potatoes and then add in the melted butter/half and half mixture along with 1 cup of grated smoked Gouda cheese, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup of thinly slices chives.
Don’t forget the veggies! These Bacon Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts from Southern Living are delicious and easy to make. Cook up 4 slices of crispy bacon in a Dutch oven, which will save the drippings. Set the cooked bacon on a paper towel and add 1 can of chicken broth, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt to your bacon drippings. Bring the liquid to a boil in the Dutch oven and then stir in 1 and ½ lbs. of trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes and then pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with your crumbled bacon.
The bacon grease, sugar and cheese might not be exactly what the doctor ordered, but for one day we think that it’s okay to splurge. Just be sure to enjoy everything in moderation and stay away from foods that could conflict with medications or pre-existing conditions or allergies.
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