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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Welcome to the second instalment of our Thanksgiving series.  Whilst a perfectly cooked turkey will undoubtedly take centre stage. However, it’s the supporting cast of roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy, and stuffing that will truly elevate your meal. Our collection of Thanksgiving side dishes will perfectly complement your Thanksgiving meal. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Roasties – The Foundation of Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes Let’s start with the golden, crispy roast potatoes. Their crispy exterior and fluffy interior make them an irresistible addition to any Thanksgiving feast. Achieving the perfect roast potato involves parboiling them until the edges are slightly softened, and then roasting until they’re crisp and golden brown. The aroma of these potatoes, seasoned with herbs and spices, will undoubtedly entice everyone gathered around the table. Our  Garlic Parmesan Roasties are a firm favourite at our house whatever the occasion. We are sure they will be at yours too. Bacon Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole As delicious as our roast potatoes are, a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration must include some mashed potatoes.  Our super creamy and cheesy mashed potato casserole will be a hit with kids and adults alike. Roasted Vegetables Accompanying the turkey and roast potatoes there simply must be a medley of colourful and nutritious vegetables. From honey-glazed carrots and roasted parsnips to deliciously cheesy cauliflower cheese and creamed leeks.  Whilst we have to admit that these options are not low-calorie, they are delicious. They are also full of nutrients and part of your five a day so it’s all good, right?  I mean, a roast dinner is a  celebratory meal after all.  Whether as part of a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration or simply as a way to enjoy a special home-cooked meal at the end of a busy week.  We love roasts during the colder months and these roast vegetables always accompany whatever meat choice is on offer.  The Final Component to Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes And of course, stuffing is a timeless classic which simply must feature at the Thanksgiving table.  Whether it’s a traditional bread-based stuffing or a classic sausage and apple rendition, this savoury concoction seasoned with herbs and aromatics is a nostalgic favourite for many. Whilst the stuffing can be baked inside the turkey I prefer to do this separately so as not to slow down the cooking time for the turkey. Gravy Lastly, we simply must have a luscious, velvety gravy to tie everything together. Usually made from the drippings of the roasted turkey, thickened with flour or cornstarch, and flavoured with herbs, this liquid gold is poured generously over the turkey and sides, adding a layer of richness and depth to each bite.  A great homemade gravy must definitely form part of your cooking repertoire.  We love this gravy recipe by Jamie Oliver. It is perfect as it allows you to make the gravy ahead of the big celebration allowing you more time to relax with your family. Coming Next Now that we have you covered for your turkey and Thanksgiving side dishes, stay tuned for our final instalment, where we’ll explore decadent Thanksgiving desserts. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is excitement in the air.  Many of us are looking forward to time away from work spending time  with the family.  For many, that means gathering around the table for a feast with our loved ones.  During the holidays, one indispensable element is the rich and flavourful turkey gravy that crowns the centrepiece of the meal.  While shop bought options offer convenience, nothing will beat a homemade gravy. But, let’s face it, cooking for a crowd for Thanksgiving or Christmas can be a stressful experience.  We like everything home cooked from scratch but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything on the day.  This make ahead turkey gravy by Jamie Oliver is absolutely delicious and will mean you get an extra 2 hours to yourself on the day itself.  As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. At the heart of a superb turkey gravy lies quality ingredients.  Whilst you would typically make your gravy with the drippings from your roasted turkey, this means that this is yet another task which has to be completed on the day.  This gravy which is made using chicken drumsticks and legs but if you are a true puritan and simply must use turkey in your turkey gravy then go ahead and make the swap to turkey drumsticks and legs. Delicious and Time-Saving Recipe Having a delicious homemade gravy which you can make ahead of time is such a game changer.  This recipe will elevate your turkey dinner whilst allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the holiday celebrations with your loved ones. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Sunday Roast - A Family Tradition

Sunday Roast – A Family Tradition

There is nothing I love more than gathering around the table with my family for a delicious home-cooked meal.  However, the fast pace we live our lives means that this is not a daily (or indeed a weekly) occurrence.  On weekdays there is always something going on.  We rush home from work and on most days there will be after-school activities we need to get to.  Football practice and matches, swimming practice, cubs and scouts.  By the time we get back home, there is homework to be done and the cooking cannot involve an elaborate meal.  In the week we inevitably eat on the sofa off of a tray.  This is why I love when the weather turns colder and we can finally start looking forward to our delicious Sunday roast meals. For many, the traditional British Sunday roast is more than just a meal. It is a ritual that brings generations together, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of togetherness. I always remember “helping” my gran make the Sunday roast when I was a little girl.  I have vivid memories of her slow cooking a leg of lamb whilst we watched Formula 1 and me “helping” by acting as the quality controller – yes, trying the food before everyone else.  The best bit was I got the best part of the lamb without giving anybody else a chance and you would always find me hovering around the gravy pan to get first dibs on that too.  A Sunday roast was always a special meal to enjoy as a family and it is still one of my favourite meals. A Glimpse into the Past: The History of Sunday Roasts The tradition of the Sunday roast dates back centuries.  It is believed that the tradition of roast beef on a Sunday stems back to the 15th century under the rule of King Henry VII.  With the King’s guards enjoying a roast beef meal following Church on Sundays they earned the nickname “beefeaters”.  Over time, the practice evolved into a culinary custom that celebrated both food and family. Traditionally, a Sunday roast would be a reflection of the local produce and seasonable ingredients.  Whether the meal would feature beef, lamb, or chicken as the centrepiece was therefore dependent on the time of year.  Accompaniments would also include seasonal vegetables, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy. Nowadays though the choice of meat and vegetables usually comes down to personal preference. The Chosen Delight: Pork Roast with all the Trimmings Among the various delectable options available, our family favourite is a mouth-watering pork roast accompanied by an array of tantalising trimmings.  As the rich aroma of roasting pork fills our home, we’re reminded of countless Sundays spent gathering around the dining table. We are not the Brady bunch so some of these memories are good, some are funny and some well, let’s just say that some, like the boys recreating every WWE sequence known to man whilst we are cooking, are best forgotten.  Cooking the perfect Sunday roast takes time and sometimes during this time, it seems as if our boys are engaging in World War III!  Does that ring true with any of you? At our house cooking the Sunday roast is a two-person endeavour.  Dani meticulously prepares, seasons, and roasts the pork to perfection.  He always makes sure that there is crispy crackling and uses the meat’s savoury juices to form the basis of a delicious gravy. But the pork is only the beginning.  No Sunday roast can be complete without delicious accompaniments.  This is where I come in. The Classic Trimmings When you think of a Sunday roast what do you think of?  The meat of course, but golden, crispy Yorkshire puddings, fluffy yet slightly crispy on the outside are a must, right?  Traditionally yorkshire puddings were served as a starter with lots of gravy.  The reason for this of course was that meat was more expensive and by serving the yorkshires first it was hoped that you would be too full to eat too much meat!.  Yorkshire puddings were also only served with beef but nowadays they are served with any roast meal.  Rightfully so in my opinion – I absolutely love Yorkshire puddings! Next are the roasties.  Delicious roasted potatoes with a vibrant medley of seasonal vegetables such as carrots, creamed leeks and parsnips all add to the perfect Sunday family meal. Homemade Bliss Over Dining Out While many establishments offer enticing deals on Sunday roasts we find that nothing can beat our homemade Sunday roast.  The kitchen may be a whirlwind of activity, with pots and pans clattering and surfaces dusted with flour, but the process itself is an opportunity for bonding and collaboration (yes, despite the World War III scenarios I mentioned above!).  Soggy Boiled Vegetables vs. Vibrant Roasted Medley One of the highlights of our homemade Sunday roast lies in the vibrant assortment of vegetables. While dining out often means encountering soggy, over-boiled veggies, our home-cooked feast offers a burst of colours and flavours. Not a boiled vegetable in sight!  Roasting or sauteing the veggies intensifies their natural sweetness creating side dishes that are just as eagerly anticipated as the main roast itself. Our Perfect Sunday Roast Menu To celebrate the end of British Food Fortnight, we share our perfect Sunday roast.  For us, the perfect Sunday roast must include: Roast Pork and Gravy We have been making this delicious roast pork and gravy using Jamie Oliver’s recipe for some time now.  It is absolutely wonderful.  Roast Potatoes It might seem easier to buy some frozen roast potatoes but believe me, it is worth the effort of making your own.   You can do this in a conventional oven or an air fryer.  I have invested in this Ninja Air Fryer for my family and it is becoming a firm favourite. Ingredients Instructions If you would like to make your roast potatoes in an air fryer (definitely healthier as you will not need much oil) follow

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