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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try new recipes

Save room at the table for your old favorites plus a couple of new ones

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

 

  To keep holiday dinners interesting, try adding at least one new side dish every year. Pictured clockwise from top are Out-of-the-Bird Turkey Dressing, Broccoli Bake, Fruit and Nut Cherry Salad and Baked Corn Pudding Casserole. Photo by Sue Ade/Morris News Ser

To keep holiday dinners interesting, try adding at least one new side dish every year. Pictured clockwise from top are Out-of-the-Bird Turkey Dressing, Broccoli Bake, Fruit and Nut Cherry Salad and Baked Corn Pudding Casserole.

Photo by Sue Ade/Morris News Ser

Most of us prepare several side dishes to go with our Thanksgiving meal, including mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, cornbread and oyster stuffing, sweet potato casserole and fresh cranberry sauce.

While we all look forward to sitting down to a meal made from old family recipes, Thanksgiving is an especially good time to introduce a new dish or two that will keep the menu interesting. These fresh new recipes can grow to be family favorites, putting tired side dishes into retirement.

As an example, I'm sure more than a few of us who would be happy not to encounter another Campbell's Green Bean Casserole at Thanksgiving, or, for that matter, at any other time. That particular recipe has been around for the past 52 years, since its creation for an Associated Press feature in 1955.

If you just love green bean casserole and your Thanksgiving meal will be ruined without it, maybe you should consider trying some new recipes to go along with it.

You simply can't fail trying a new recipe at a holiday meal. There are always plenty of taste-testers on hand; at least one person will have liked it enough to ask for the recipe and if no one cares for it at all, there'll be plenty of other food to go around.



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