No Oven Thanksgiving Sides: Three quick recipes to serve at Thanksgiving that keep your oven free for other stuff! Try this out this year! | macheesmo.com
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Three No Oven Thanksgiving Sides

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No Oven Thanksgiving Sides: Three quick recipes to serve at Thanksgiving that keep your oven free for other stuff! Try this out this year! | macheesmo.com

One of the hardest parts about cooking a huge meal like Thanksgiving is planning for the oven. Unless you’re lucky enough to have two ovens, you’ll probably struggle with fitting everything in the oven at the right time.

That’s where these recipes come in! They are all based on classic Thanksgiving recipes, but have been adapted so you don’t need the oven at all.

As a quick aside, if you happen to be in the Denver area, I’ll be demonstrating these three recipes at a local Sprouts market next Tuesday! Tickets are free and we will be doing lots of giveaways, freebies, and tastings! come say HI!

Okay. Onto the recipes!

No Oven Side Dish #1: Green Beans

Green Beans

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Fresh Green Beans with Crispy Breadcrumbs

This is a fresh no-oven take on the classic green bean casserole.

Ingredients

1 lb. green beans, steamed
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
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Directions

1) Add 2 cups of water to a medium pot over high heat. Cover. Clean green beans by trimming ends off. Once water is at a rolling boil, add green beans, cover, and cook for about 90 seconds until green beans are bright green but still have a snap to them.

2) Drain green beans and toss with 1 tablespoon butter and a pinch of salt and pepper.

3) In a small skillet over low heat, melt butter and add bread crumbs and almonds. Cook, stirring regularly until bread crumbs are browned. Remove from heat.

4) Liberally sprinkle bread crumbs over green beans. Serve while warm.

This is a lighter version of the classic green bean casserole. I start this version with fresh green beans and steam them until they are just cooked, but still have a little bite to them.

Then I toss them with some butter-browned bread crumbs and almonds. Its’ a super-fast recipe to make and easy to multiply. I can seriously eat a whole plate of these by myself.

No Oven Side Dish #2: Caramelized Pear Salad

Pear Salad

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Caramelized Pear Salad

This easy salad has delicious fall flavors and is a great side dish for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

2 pears, quartered
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4-5 oz. baby arugula
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
4 oz. goat cheese
Olive oil
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Directions

1) Quarter pears. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and add pears. Sear for 3-4 minutes per side until they are slightly caramelized. Remove pears and let cool.

2) In a large bowl, add arugula and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

3) Slice fennel bulb very thinly and sprinkle over arugula. Top with chopped pears and crumbled goat cheese.

I always struggle with a starter for Thanksgiving. You want something light, but also something classy.

This salad is the answer! Caramelize the pears in a little butter in a small skillet and then add them to a salad with arugula, thinly sliced fennel, and goat cheese. YUM.

No Oven Side Dish #3: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

This is a fresh no-oven twist on the classic sweet potato casserole.

Ingredients

2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup cream or milk
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar (opt.)
Marshmallows (opt.)

Helpful Equipment

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Directions

1) Peel sweet potatoes and chop into 1-inch chunks. Cook in lightly salted until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

2) Drain sweet potatoes and return to the pan. Add butter, milk (or cream) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash until smooth. If potatoes are dry, you might need to add more milk.

You can serve these as-is while warm.

(optional) Transfer sweet potatoes to a casserole dish and top with brown sugar and marshmallows. Use a kitchen torch to lightly toast marshmallows!

BOOOM. I wasn’t sure this was possible but I wanted to make the classic sweet potato casserole but leave out the oven.

The key to this is after you mash the sweet potatoes you use a little kitchen torch to blister the marshmallows on top! It turns out to be pretty much perfect. And it takes a fraction of the time as the classic version!

If you find yourself with a packed oven during Thanksgiving, substitute one of these recipes and take some stress off of your oven (and your brain)!

3 comments on “Three No Oven Thanksgiving Sides

  1. It wouldn’t show me the directions when I tapped on the word, so why don’t you just put them in and save us the frustration?

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