Thanksgiving Supporting Act – Side Dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is all about the side dishes. Check out these favorites!

Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe:

  1. Put 2 pounds whole peeled russet or Yukon gold potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water, add 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender about 45 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes, then peel and return to the pan, add 1 cup hot milk and ¼ to 1 stick room temperature unsalted butter. Mash with a potato masher or fork. Season with salt and pepper.

Basic Gravy Recipe:

  1. Bring 8 cups chicken broth to a simmer. When the turkey is done, transfer it to a cutting boasd, pour the turkey pan drippings into a degreasing cup. Add ½ cup hot broth to the roasting pan and scrape up any bits stuck to the pan, add to the degreasing cup.
  2. Spoon ½ cup fat from the top of the degreasing cup into a sauce pan. Add ½ cup flour, cook over medium heat stirring until golden about 4 minutes. Slowly add the hot broth, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Add the rest of the juices from the cup (leave the fat behind) and simmer, whisking until thick about 10 minutes and season with pepper.

Basic String Bean Recipe:

  1. 1 pound French string beans remove ends 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper


  1. Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling water for 1 ½ minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse in cold water. Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan.
  3. Add the drained string beans to the hot butter and oil season with salt and pepper, tossing until the beans are hot and ready to serve.

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