thanksgiving sidesThanksgiving is right around the corner! I thought I’d share recipes for a few of my favorite side dishes during this time of year. I hope you will enjoy them with your family as I have over the years. Enjoy!

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

4 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cornflakes cereal,
crushed 1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter,
melted 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake sweet potatoes at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Let stand until cool to touch (about 20 minutes); peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

2. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.

3. Combine cornflakes cereal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole in diagonal rows 2 inches apart.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows in alternate rows between cornflake mixture; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
3 cups diced celery
2 cups diced sweet onions
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh sage

Cornbread Crumbles
3 cups soft, fresh breadcrumbs
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
7 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add celery and onions, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in sage, and sauté 1 minute.

2. Stir together Cornbread Crumbles and breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, next 2 ingredients, and celery mixture, stirring until blended. Divide cornbread mixture between 1 lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish and 1 lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish.

3. Bake at 400° for 45 to 55 minutes or until set and golden brown.

Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup half-and-half
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Preparation

1. Peel, Boil & Drain. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring potatoes, 1 tsp. salt, and cold water to cover to a boil in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender; drain.

2. Add Creamy Richness. Return potatoes to Dutch oven. Cook until water evaporates and potatoes look dry. Mound potatoes on 1 side; add butter, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. salt to opposite side of Dutch oven. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture boils.

3. Beat Until Smooth. Remove from heat; beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer 30 seconds to 1 minute or to desired degree of smoothness. (Do not overbeat.) Serve immediately

Green Beans with Shallots and Red Pepper

Ingredients

2 (16-oz.) packages frozen whole green beans, thawed
1/4 cup butter 3 large shallots, thinly sliced*
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 teaspoon kosher salt**
1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation

1. Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain well.

2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add sliced shallots and bell pepper, and sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add green beans, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and toss to combine.

*1/2 small sweet onion, thinly sliced, may be substituted. **1/2 tsp. regular salt may be substituted.

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Angela McIlveen is a founding Partner Attorney at the McIlveen Family Law Firm. As a partner at the McIlveen Law Firm, she handles cases in family law including child custody and support, divorce, alimony, adoption, separation, domestic violence and equitable distribution. She is often called upon to teach CLE classes to other attorney and to speak at events.

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