4 Easy Side Dish Recipes to Pass Around the Dinner Table
All the aromas and flavors of the holidays fill your home when a hearty home-cooked meal perfects itself in the oven. We gather merrily around the dinner table and pass dishes to loved ones as we laugh and reminisce. Preparing food for your guests should be filled with as much cheer as the gathering itself, which is why we’ve compiled our favorite side dishes that are as tasty as they are easy to make.
White Wine Herb Gravy
This rich gravy recipe is perfect for the holidays or any time your family craves the comfort of a home-cooked meal.
½ cup white drinking wine
8 tbsp fat from drippings
8 tbsp flour
2 tbsp fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley)
strained drippings from the turkey pan
After removing the turkey from the roasting pan, place the pan on a stove burner on medium high, add wine and stir until boiling. Loosen all browned pieces. When the smell of alcohol is gone, pour into measuring cup and let the fat rise. Put 8 tbsp of the fat into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the flour and minced herbs and stir until the gravy is light brown. Defat the rest of drippings. Pour the drippings through a strainer into a pan, and the syrup and boil until thickened. Taste. If the flavor is too strong, dilute with chicken broth. Season and serve.
String Beans with Lemon Butter
These string beans are so quick and simple to make, they’re sure to become a regular dish at any family gathering.
4 tbsp butter
1 lb green string beans
Wash and trim ends from beans. Boil until crisp. Just before serving, reheat in pan with butter and lemon syrup.
Sweet and Crunchy Amaretto Almond Salad
This crunchy, sweet salad with sugar-free dressing is a great way to add some greens to your table.
2 tbsp walnut oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 bunch kale, stems removed
4 cups mixed salad greens
½ cup toasted almonds, sliced
1 orange, sectioned and membranes removed or 1 cup strawberries, sliced (optional)
Tear the kale greens into bite-sized pieces and blanch in boiling water for 3–-4 seconds (yes, we mean seconds). Drain and immediately place in a bath of ice water to stop the cooking. Squeeze the kale dry, fluff slightly and toss with the mixed salad greens and fruit.
Broccoli with Almond Butter
This warm side dish is easy, delicious and versatile—try it with asparagus, green beans or broccoli!
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup almonds, toasted
6 tbsp butter
Broccoli, cut into stems and florets
Melt butter, syrup and lemon juice together. Steam broccoli stems in large pot set over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add florets and steam until stems and florets are crisp-tender (about 5 minutes longer). Drain broccoli and pour melted butter mixture over them. Top with toasted almonds.