Thanksgiving side dishes for big or small groups: Mac and cheese, roasted squash and corn pudding

Thanksgiving side dishes for big or small groups: Mac and cheese, roasted squash and corn pudding

11/22/2020 2:19:00 AM

Thanksgiving side dishes for big or small groups: Mac and cheese, roasted squash and corn pudding

Scale these sides — mac and cheese, corn pudding and tahini-dressed roasted butternut squash — up or down, depending on your holiday table.

ADADOur favored holiday recipes include a lusciously indulgent macaroni and cheese adapted by G. Daniela Galarza from Patti LaBelle’s recipe, a tahini-dressed roasted butternut squash plate from Olga Massov and a ridiculously simple corn pudding recipe from my family table.

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These dishes — so varied in flavor and style — have a couple of things in common. They are straightforward and easy to prepare, and they are adaptable to your favorite flavors, too.Let’s dig in.Since I started cooking Thanksgiving dinners for family or friends exactly 20 years ago, the only constant I had in mind was to try as many new recipes and flavors as possible.

ADSome years I brined the turkey, other years it was smoked, spatchcocked or slow-roasted. One year there were six kinds of tubers — mashed, smashed red, Hasselback, au gratin, candied yams and browned butter sweet potatoes — because I couldn’t decide on only one or two. But it wasn’t until around a decade ago, when my stepfather mentioned offhand that he loved macaroni and cheese as a Thanksgiving side dish, that I entertained the idea of cheesy pasta as a side along with potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

8 must-have mac and cheese recipes, from classic to adventurousI know macaroni and cheese has long been a part of a lot of traditional Thanksgiving tables; I regret not seeing the light sooner. And though I tend to prefer a stove-top style when I’m making it for myself, when I’m serving it for Thanksgiving, I gravitate to this recipe, which I adapted from Patti LaBelle’s 1999 cookbook “

.”ADIt’s rich with five different kinds of cheese, including Velveeta, which gives it a creaminess that’s impossible to match. My stepfather always adds a splash of hot sauce, which is a tradition I’ve come to love, too. Read more: The Washington Post »

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