Still stuck on what side dishes you want to serve on your holiday table and need a dose of inspiration? Here are a few tried and true recipes that will have your family and guests begging for seconds that are easy to prepare and full of flavor….
My thoughts are that if you are going to make the Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf, you need the perfect side to go with. It is just common sense – like cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat. In Miss Ellie’s kitchen, she would need something spicy yet simple enough to make even when J.R.’s screaming in the background about all things oil, mergers, takeover and that doggone Sue Ellen. I just don’t know how Miss Ellie ever put up with him because, quite frankly, I would have walloped him with a stiletto.
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Holiday time always meant that when I visited my Bampa’s house, there was a strong likelihood that in addition to the typical stuffing you might find, overflowing with celery, onions, raisins, etc., there would be a small dish of chestnut stuffing for those that might enjoy it. Now, I was a snotty little kid who liked all things processed – Cool Whip, Stove Top and god knows what else and, if I had a time machine, I would go back in time and tell my Bampa I was sorry for not appreciating his culinary wisdom. I’m sure he must have shaken his head a few times at my turned up nose and exclamations along the line of “Chestnut stuffing – YUCK!” Like I said – I was a brat.
I attempted to give Chestnut stuffing a try over the holiday and, guess what, Giada had a recipe for Ciabatta Chestnut Stuffing that rocked! It’s a stuffing that even my Bampa would thoroughly enjoy. Giada’s recipe called for pancetta but I wound up using some bacon I had in the fridge. Also, as I didn’t have a 15 x 10 x 2 dish, I used two of my Le Creuset bakers. Coupled that with some great ciabatta from Whole Paychex, roasted chestnuts from Williams Sonoma and some turkey stock – it was a dish that was not only great with dinner, but better the next day. Chestnut stuffing will become a family tradition, once again.