Monday, November 18, 2013

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

FLUSHING, Mich. - The holidays are rapidly approaching which means tables will be set, and delicious food will be served. To get you in the holiday feast mindset, here are a few easy Thanksgiving side dishes that everyone is sure to love!

1. Green Bean Casserole. You'll need:

    Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
  • 1/3 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup disced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced green beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can french-fried onion rings
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • Pinch House seasoning ( 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup black pepper, 1/4 cup garlic powder)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While it is warming up, you'll want to melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onions and mushrooms. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for 10 minutes and then drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning to the onion mixture. Stir well and then pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake your mixture for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the cheddar and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

2. Corn Casserole. You'll need:

  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8 oz.) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
First, you'll need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cheddar, then return to oven for another 5-10 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!

3. Cranberry Sauce. You'll need:
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
  • 12 oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 strip orange or lemon zest
Empty your 12 oz. bag of cranberries into a saucepan, taking 1/2 cup of the bag and putting it into a small bowl. Add your sugar, zest and 2 tbsp. water to the pan and cook over low heat. You'll stir and cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft - about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst - about 12 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cranberries you set aside. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and let cool before serving. 

4. Buttermilk Biscuits. You'll need: 
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  • 2 cups self-rising flour (plus another cup for dusting work surface)
  • 1/2 stick butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, butter pieces, and cream cheese. Use your fingers to cut in the butter and cream cheese until the mixture resembles cottage cheese. Add the buttermilk and mix with your hands or a small rubber spatula. Sprinkle flour over the dough, and then turn dough onto a well-floured surface. Take a rolling pin and roll out the dough into a 1/2 inch thick oval. Using a flour covered biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits and brush the tops with melted butter. Place pan in the oven, immediately reduce temperature to 450 degrees, and bake for about 16-18 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

Hopefully these easy Thanksgiving side dishes have you inspired and excited for the upcoming holiday. If you aren't planning on cooking and will be driving to a Thanksgiving feast instead, stop by our dealership today and get behind the wheel of a vehicle that you'll truly be thankful for. We have a great selection of Ford Fusions, Ford Escapes and Ford Edges - all of which are eligible for the Ford Early Bird Lease Offer. So stop by today! 

We're located at 1510 E. Pierson Road, Flushing, MI 48433. Feel free to give us a call at (810) 659-5688 with any questions you may have. Family-owned and operated, Delehanty Ford has been serving the Greater Genesee County area for over 65 years with customer satisfaction as our top priority. Our sales and service departments are dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.

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