Ahh, the beauty of the Thanksgiving table! The bounty! The rich fall colors! The delicious aromas wafting their ways teasingly to your schnozzola!
Of course, all this waxing poetic isn’t going to help much if you’re still poring over your cookbooks looking for the best side dishes at this eleventh hour. If I may, I have a couple recipes that may answer a maiden’s prayer deliciously and easily. Both are tasty and super simple. In fact, one of them requires about three minutes, one knife, and a food processor. Let’s start with that, shall we?
Last week I mentioned my favorite cranberry, orange, ginger relish, and the ever-delightful dinazad requested the recipe. Well, here it is in all its three-minute glory:
12oz fresh cranberries
1 small navel orange cut into wedges. Leave unpeeled.
1/3Cup crystalized ginger, roughly chopped. Don’t be afraid to be generous with this.
1Tblsp granulated sugar
Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Process until coarsely ground, scraping down the sides once or twice. Put into the prettiest bowl you can find, and refrigerate covered until it’s time to serve.
How easy is that?
The other is a little more complicated, but still a lot easier than people will assume when they taste it. It’s the one recipe I still have from my mother, and it tastes like the holidays to me.
1 1/2lbs. potatoes
3Cups cottage cheese
3/4Cup sour cream
1 1/2Tbsp grated onion (I like to be a bit generous, here)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4Cup melted butter
1/2Cup chopped toasted almonds
Preheat oven to 350F
Peel potatoes and cook in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash thoroughly. Stir in cottage cheese, sour cream, onions, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into a buttered 2qt. baking dish. Drizzle melted butter over the top, and sprinkle with almonds. The dish may be made up to a day in advance to this point. If you do this, keep it covered in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Bake for 30 minutes. Serve to delighted dinner guests. Have copies of the recipe on hand, because I can virtually guarantee you that someone will ask for it.