The RETURN of More Side Dishes to Fill Any Table!

Last year I helped fill tables with enough side dishes to make any mouth happy. And life was good! People were happy, kosher food prevailed, and the world kept on turning. So how do we expand on this? Well, let’s invade your food-loving minds with the RETURN of More Side Dishes to Fill Any Table! Yes, for the low, low price of reading, we’re going to delve deep, deep into my culinary mind and bring you even MORE food!

First off, everyone loves Deviled Eggs as an appetizer. They’re easy to make, and are just so nummy! Actually, when thinking of this dish, I can’t forget my brother gorging himself on them at a wedding until getting sick. I don’t think he’s forgiven my mom & I for liking to remind him when there are deviled eggs at any location. But, the standard recipe is boring. What if we jazzed it up? Yes, my friends, it’s time to forgo the Deviled Eggs, and Welcome in Renegade Eggs!

Renegade Eggs

1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Finely Shredded
1 Cup Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Minced
1 Dozen Eggs, Hard-Boiled & Shelled

First off, we slice the eggs in half lengthwise & scoop out ALL the yolks into a bowl.

Mix the remaining ingredients together with the egg yolks until all combined and nummilicious-looking.

Scoop the mix into the egg whites with the cheesy stuffing and serve.

If you want to garnish these, I like to use a little paprika with some sprigs of parsley, just for some fun. Next up, we’re going to make a kinda’ salad. Since most of us will be having Turkey on Thanksgiving, why not kick it up a notch and make some Skillet Slaw

Skillet Slaw
6 Slices Turkey Bacon
1/4 Cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Scallops, Sliced
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
4 Cups Cabbage, Shredded
1 Teaspoon Carway Seed

In your cast-iron skillit, cook up the bacon until NICE and crisp, then take out the bacon but LEAVE the grease! Make sure you have about 1/4 cup of grease left in the skillet. If you need to help increase it, dribble in a little Crisco & let it melt down. The thing is we want that grease & that turkey flavor!

To the grease in the skillet, add in the vinegar, scallions, brown sugar, & salt – heating them all the way thru as you mix them in the skillet.

Add the cabbage and Caraway to the skillet and cook, tossing lightly as it cooks until all the cabbage has softened & soaked up a lot of the flavours. This could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes overall, but its WORTH it!

Remove from skillet into a large bowl, and tob with the previously cooked turkey bacon (All crumbled up, of course!) and Cherry Tomatos.

There we go! Easy, no? Now, for you readers, I want to pass on a Family Tradition! My grandfather wrote this next recipe, and I know it’d do his heart good to know others were still eating it to this day! Its a favorite holiday recipe, and I want to share it with you all now. (Please Mom, don’t kill me for this!)

Grandpa’s 3 Corn Casserole

1/3 Cup Sour Cream
2 Eggs
1 16 oz. Can Whole Kernel Corn, Drained
1 16 oz. Can Creamed Corn
1 9 oz. Package Corn Muffin/Bread Mix
1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese

Mix the sour cream & eggs together, then stir in both the cans of corn.

Stir in the cornbread mix, and pour it into a greased casserole dish.

Bake at 375 degrees F for about… 35 – 40 minutes, then open the oven and pull out. Top it with the cheese, then toss it BACK into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, this brings back memories! I so loved this recipe growing up, and now you can, too! Next, I think we need a sweet dish to round this out! Everyone knows that ONE person who brings a tub of cottage cheese to every family or company pot luck. Well, why settle for that cottage cheese when we can kick it up a notch?

Orange Cottage Cheese Salad

1 Large Tub/Container Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 Can Chunk pineapple, Drained
1 Can Mandarin Oranges, Drained
1 Family-Size Package Orange-Flavored Kosher Gelatin, Dry
1 Carton Whipped Topping
1 Cup Swedish Pecans (Optional, but See Below for Recipe)

Mix together EVERYTHING in a large bowl & chill for 3-4 hours before serving.

Now, as promised above, you need the recipe for Swedish Pecans! I swore I already shared this with you all, but a search of my blog says i haven’t. Well, this tasty treat is a fun snack, an appetizer, or a side dessert that people can enjoy munching. My mom loved making these, and I loved eating them! So much I ha to start making them, myself!

Swedish Pecans

1 Pd. Pecan Halves
2 Egg Whites
1 Cup Sugar
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1/4 Pound Butter

Toast Pecans in a 325 defree F oven until lightly browned.

While they brown, beat egg whites to a foam and fold in the sugar & salt.

Once pecans are lightly browned, fold into your sugar & egg white mix.

Melt the butter on the pan you toasted the pecans on, then spread the pecan mixture over the entire pan OVER the butter.

Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, keeping the oven at 325 degrees F and turning the pecans every 10 minutes or so. Watch closely after the 20 minute mark, as they’re done when lightly browned & crisp.

These are OH, SO GOOD! Trust me, you’ll love these in salads, as a snack, or atop ice cream. They are just SO GOOD! After all this good food, we’re going to need something to settle our stomachs. So, as the final recipe, let’s do that!

Recipe to Settle Stomachs After Thanksgiving Dinner

2 Alka-Seltzer Tablets
1 8 oz. Glass of Water

Plop the tablets into the water.

Watch them fizz until dissolved.

Drink the water down.

Repeat as needed.

I hope that helps! Until next time, Shalom and good cooking!

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November 20, 2007. dessert, recipes, salad, side dishes.

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