Even in frosty weather, Lucille Mead of Ilion, New York serves up garden-fresh flavor with this pretty, colorful side dish. The crisp-tender veggie combo goes with a variety of entrees and is ready in minutes.
Here's a fun way to jazz up wild rice. Soy sauce and chicken bouillon add plenty of flavor, while celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts help dress it up. "My husband and two adult children love this delicious side dish," comments Joyce Bodle, Enumclaw, Washington. "It's convenient, too, because you can make it a day ahead."
I have fond memories of standing at the stove cooking this hearty Italian rice dish with my Nona. I’ve altered the recipe a bit to save on time, but it still delivers just as much home-cooked love.—Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts
Kathy Rairigh dresses up fresh mushrooms with mild seasonings that let their flavor shine through. "I've prepared this side dish often-mushroom lovers always come back for more," reports the Milford, Indiana cook.
To go with your turkey entree, how about serving Sausage Mushroom Dressing? The recipe comes from Mary Coleman of Norwood, Massachusetts.
"My children and guests almost pass over the turkey in favor of this savory dressing each holiday," Mary notes.
I discovered this recipe while watching a cooking show some years ago. The first time I served it, my guests raved and were surprised when I told them it was brussels sprouts. —Tangee Zayas-Thaler
Silver Lake, Ohio
This hearty side dish will bring good taste and a dash of holiday color to any table, promises Mary Bauer in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s great with almost any entree.”
TIP: Adding a cup of leftover diced chicken to the vegetables makes this a quick lunch or meal-in-itself, suggests Mary.