Talkin’ Turkey: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side?
Thanksgiving is the best holiday, because all it requires is that you show up and eat. I don’t even mind cooking the dinner–just set aside two days, with no other thoughts in my head. But as my son has pointed out, the least important part of the feast is the turkey (“I don’t even like it,” he said. “You just need it for the gravy.” Or maybe, the centerpiece).
The point is: We all have one Thanksgiving side dish we cannot celebrate without.
Mine is cranberry relish (or “rubbish,” as my young son would mispronounce). Said son’s favorite dish, as an adult, is the stuffing (which, in recent years, I’ve been making in a slow cooker). My daughter loves Mister Rogers’ Corn Pudding (yes! we have his recipe!). And my weight-battling husband can trace his struggle to the fact that his Italian family BEGAN the meal with antipasto, soup and lasagna (a menu I refuse to recreate).
But as a family, we would probably all vote for Baked Mashed Squash from The Victory Garden cookbook.
With only two weeks left to plan, let’s talk turkey. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side? Vegan, vegetarian or full-out carnivore, share your recipe! Here’s mine:
Baked Mashed Squash (Serves 4)
2 1/2-3 lb unpeeled winter squash
8 T butter (1 stick)
2 T chopped onion
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Peel squash and steam or bake until tender. Mash. You should have 1 1/2-2 cups squash.
Mix in 4 T butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place squash in a buttered 1-quart baking dish, dot with 1 T butter.
Spread grated Swiss cheese over top.
Saute chopped onion in 3 T butter ; add bread crumbs and brown. Cover cheese with this mixture and bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes.
Note: I cut back on the butter. Also, this is easy to make ahead; just allow extra time to reheat.