Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful celebration of family and friends. At my house, we invite our family and friends to enjoy a large Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone gathers around the kitchen while finishing touches are put on dishes and the giant turkey rests waiting for carving time. Every year I try to put a spin on the side dishes so that I am not always serving the same things every Thanksgiving dinner. Last year I tried a new take on green beans and mashed potatoes.
Instead of the usual green bean casserole that rarely gets eaten at our Thanksgiving table, I tried a new take.
Fox Point Green Beans
1 package frozen organic green beans
1 tbsp butter
Fox point seasoning (you can buy at Penzey’s )
French’s Fried Onions
Boil the frozen green beans in a shallow pan of water just until they are tender crisp. Remove from heat, drain and place back in the pan. Add the butter and Fox Point seasoning. You can use as much or as little as you would like, but this stuff goes a long way. I used about ¼-1/2 teaspoon. Place your green beans into a serving dish and sprinkle with the paprika and cover with the French fried onions. It is a super simple recipe but the Fox Point will really add a great kick.
Mashed Potatoes are a great debate in my house. My husband prefers them to be completely blended and soft with nothing added but a little bit of butter. I prefer my mashed potatoes to have lots of lumps, a few pieces of skin, and all sorts of seasonings. I am tired of making different mashed potatoes for each side of the family, so this year for Thanksgiving Dinner I am going to make my special Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
6 large potatoes
6 cloves garlic
¾ cup heavy cream
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ grated parmesan cheese
Salt to taste
Bring large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into 2″ chunks. Peel the garlic cloves and leave them whole. Gently place the potatoes and garlic into the boiling water. Allow water to come back to a boil and then turn down the heat to allow the potatoes to simmer. After about 20 minutes the potatoes should be soft and ready to mash. Drain the potatoes and garlic and place them in a mixing bowl. Return pan to burner and turn off the heat. If you have a gas stove, use a very low heat. Mix the heavy cream, butter, and ½ cup of the cheddar cheese. Allow it all to melt and then add it to the potatoes. Add in the remaining cheddar cheese, parmesan , and salt to taste. Mix the potatoes to your desired consistency and enjoy!