Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's Your Favoriate Thanksgiving Side Dish?

It appears that I won't be hosting the Thanksgiving feast this year! My Mother-in-law called me last Monday looking for Yung Li's telephone number...it seemed she was interested in having Yung Li reupholster her dining room chairs. Just in time for her to host Thanksgiving dinner, mind you. I suppose it is for the best; she does have the proper seating, a sideboard, and most importantly a chandelier (see Hosting The Thankgiving Feast)! I was not quite sure how I was going to pull off the latter! Pushing tables together and adding tablecloths is one thing, but I'm most certainly not an electrician! And neither is the hubby...been down that road before!

So it looks as though the Hubby and I will be attending my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Now all last week after work I was hitting Williams Sonoma. Lucky for me they're right next door to the bookstore that I like to hang out at to decompress before going home to my demanding dawgs. Anyway, I was looking through their Thanksgiving menu guide and came across an interesting dish, Brussels Sprouts Gratin. The Gruyere cheese had me sold immediately, and I knew I had to try it. I asked Hubby what he thought of brussels spouts and he started to twitch, but I told him about all the Gruyere and Parmigian-Regiano cheese that was in it, and that we needed to come up with something new and fabulous for this year's Thanksgiving. BUT we should make and test the dish before the big day... been down that road before too! Making a chocolate pumpkin trouffle in Nashville (which needed lots of chilling) and heading to Atlanta with it - is something I would not recommend! It's a good thing we had lots of white wine with us to offer our host!

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Caramelized Shallots (Click for the recipe)

You know what? I liked it, note Hubby may have added too much kosher salt but I would never tell him that - you just can't tell that to a New Orleanean, plus he'll never cook for me again. Just always remember you can add it in later...but you can never take it out.

Now what's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Are you thinking of new ones like me. After all, the side dishes can be even more exciting than the bird!


Kat in Texas said...

Hey there, Lisa....just discovered your blog about all things Southern...my favorite Thanksgiving side dish is cornbread dressing with giblet gravy...the leftovers are great the next morning with a poached egg on top....this year I'm adding Oyster Casserole to my side dish lineup...the recipe is in Virginia Willis' cookbook entitled Bon Appetit, Y'all...it's a terrific cookbook with lots of great Southern recipes....Kat

Lisa D. said...

Hi Kat:
Yum! Cornbread dressing w/giblet gravy sounds wonderful. My Father-in-law does a wonderful oyster casserole every year for Thanksgiving called Oyster Mosca. If I have a chance I will try to write a post before Thanksgiving. Last Year, sometime while at the book store I was browsing through Bon Appetit & trying to swear off more cookbooks! However,I may have to make a exception, the cover is very pretty, as well. Thanks for reminding me! Currently cooking Gougere - will keep everyone posted! Thank you for the nice comment.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Sweet potatoes, hands down with all the good stuff. I have to be honest thought, I would prefer a great peice of salmon and a salad over a Thanksgiving meal...I know, I'm nuts.
Thanks for the warm welcome back!