Another holiday season is upon us! It’s already November, and that means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner – it’s a time to be thankful for friends and family, and it’s a time to come together and share a delicious meal too! Some of you may be lucky enough to be enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World (turkey at Liberty Tree Tavern perhaps?), but for the rest of us who will be preparing some (or all) of our own turkey dinner, here are some great Walt Disney World Restaurant side dishes that would be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal:
Stuffing is basically a necessity on my family’s table on Turkey day – check out this southern inspired stuffing recipe:
12 Cups Cornbread (cut into cubes)
1T Fresh Chopped Garlic
1 Cup Onion (chopped)
1 Cup Celery (chopped)
1t Rubbed Sage
1t Dried Thyme
1t Poultry Seasoning
1t Kosher Salt
1/2t Black Pepper
1 1/2 Cups Turkey Stock (chicken may be substituted)
1. In a preheated 400° oven toasts bread cubes 5 to 7 minutes or until barely golden.
2. In a large skillet over medium/low heat cook the garlic, onions and celery for 3 minutes or until softened.
3. Transfer to a bowl and add the bread cubes, herbs, salt, pepper, and chicken broth.
4. Toss well and adjust seasoning as desired. Additional broth may be necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
Some kind of bread or rolls are always present on Thanksgiving, and for those beer lovers out there, you will want to try this Guinness bread recipe
½ Cup Guinness
¾lb Flour (whole wheat)
1T Baking soda
4 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Molasses
1/2 Gallon Buttermilk
2 Cups Guinness
2 Cups Sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in the buttermilk in three batches as you mix and fold by hand lightly; the mixture should be quite sticky.
3. Portion in to greased or buttered muffin pans.
4. Bake in the oven until golden brown and it makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
5. Enjoy with Kerry gold butter or Guinness reduction and Olive oil.
1. Combine the Guinness and sugar in a large stockpot.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until reduced by half (approx 1 hour).
3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool at room temperature. Do not leave the pot unattended while it is coming to a boil as it may boil over.
Can’t have Thanksgiving without SOME kind of vegetable – my family is a big fan of green beans, and even if yours isn’t – these have bacon in them, so there’s that…
2 lb. fresh green beans
1 medium red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
3 cloves fresh garlic (whole)
3 TBS canola or vegetable oil
2 TBS low sodium soy sauce
2 TBS granulated sugar
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
To Taste – fresh ground black pepper
1 lb. bacon, crispy, crumbled
1.Wash green beans in cold water.
2.Snip both ends and break in half.
3.Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil.
4.Add beans and blanch for 1 minute.
6.Heat a wok or fry pan over medium high heat.
7.Add oil, then add garlic and sliced onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
8.Add green beans and stir-fry for 2-4 minutes depending on how well done you prefer your beans cooked.
9.Add soy, seasonings and continue to stir-fry for 1 more minute.
10.Adjust seasonings if desired.
11.Garnish with crispy crumbled bacon pieces.
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