On Thanksgiving day, the last thing you need is to spend all day figuring out how to schedule putting dishes in and out of the oven. You’d like to spend time with your friends and family, too. Try a few of these simple stovetop recipes to keep the oven free for the main Thanksgiving dishes, and free up your time for the more important parts of the day: your guests.
Spicy Green Beans
Sure, everyone loves green been casserole, but kick it up a notch or two with this tasty alternative.
- 1 package frozen green beans
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- cayenne pepper flakes to taste
Cook beans according to package directions. Saute onion in olive oil until onions are translucent. Stir in the beans and cayenne and add salt to taste. Serve steaming hot.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Homemade cranberry sauce has a definite “Wow!” factor you just can’t get from the canned-kind. Try this recipe with the delightful added tang of oranges and warmth of seasonal spices for a flavor your guests will beg for every year.
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. cloves
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. ginger
Wash cranberries thoroughly. Place in a pan with orange juice and boil about 10 minutes, until skins burst open. Add sugar and spices, and continue to cook. Stir frequently and continue to cook over medium heat until sauce reaches your desired thickness. Store in refrigerator overnight.
Whether your family is tired of sweet potatoes or you simply have picky eaters, this mashed potato recipe is a cheesy, hearty classic that will please everyone.
- 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Peel and cube potatoes (you may also leave the peels on if you desire). Boil until tender, and drain. Melt butter and mix in milk, then cheese, and stir until cheese is completely melted. Add potatoes back in and mash. Stir in garlic powder and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve piping hot.
Ingredients for your Thanksgiving sides may be purchased at any St. Louis area Dierbergs store.
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