‘Tis the Season for Side Dishes

BY: RYAN CONLON & WILLIAM ODIS MARTIN

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The leaves have fallen and the sun sets earlier, so let the glorious gluttony of the holiday season commence. Here are a few quick and easy side dish recipes for those you will be hosting a first time Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Also, if the money is tight or you are saving for the next major financial collapse, don’t fret! We managed to purchase all of the ingredients needed for these three recipes for under $25.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients: potatoes, salt, half-and-half and garlic

First, you will need to peel and dice three half pound potatoes. Next, you will need to put the potatoes along with two tablespoons of salt into a boiling pot. Fill with just enough water to cover the potatoes, and then heat the contents so it all comes to a boil. The potatoes will need to be boiled consistently for twenty minutes. The potatoes should be extremely tender, strain them into a strainer and then pour them back into the pot. Next, you want to take two cups of half and half and mince four cloves of garlic. Heat these using medium heat for about three minutes. While they are heating, you can mash the potatoes and then add the garlic and half-and-half while you stir it all up. Your mashed potatoes will then be ready to serve!

Cream Corn

Ingredients: frozen corn, sugar, flour, milk, and butter

First thing first, you'll need to cook the corn. I normally just microwave it because it's the easiest way to go and it is recommended that anyway. While the corn is cooking, melt three tablespoons of butter in a saucepan using medium high heat. When the butter is melted, add three tablespoons of flour, whisking as you add it. You want to use a whisk because the flour and butter will build up too much if not whisked. Next, you'll want to add two cups of milk. I like to do this in half cup measurements, because you don't want the milk to get too runny. As you're adding the milk you want to continuously whisk everything to avoid the product to get too thick. You should continue this for 3-4 minutes. When that is all said and done, you can add your corn along with two tablespoons of sugar. Mix thoroughly and you will soon have a finished product!

Iceberg Wedge Salad with fall flavors

Ingredients: a head of iceberg lettuce (1 head makes four salads), add almonds to your liking, two apples, and some raspberry vinaigrette dressing

First things first, you will need to cut the head of lettuce into fourths. Next, you want to thinly slice some apples. You can sprinkle the almonds on with these thin apple slices and add your dressing to your preference. They plate beautifully and taste just as good as they look.

The total prep and cook time for all these recipes are under an hour. Wow your family members and friends with some tasty food and of course, ENJOY!