Foodie Friday: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin
Via Betty Crocker
Halloween is over and now it's time to start focusing on Thanksgiving!  What sides will you be serving this year?  Everyone has tried and true recipes that are family traditions.  But we have found some great sides that you may want to add this year.  Give them a try!

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

butternut squash (2 1/2 lb)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Peel, halve lengthwise and seed squash; cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange with slices overlapping slightly in bottom of baking dish.

In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft and butter is infused with garlic flavor. Do not let butter brown.

In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, cheese and 1 tablespoon of the butter-garlic mixture.

Brush squash slices with remaining butter-garlic mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and bread crumb mixture.

Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork. Increase oven temperature to 425°F; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Before serving, sprinkle parsley over top.

Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
Via Food Channel

Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time:  40 minutes

1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder, divided
1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 package (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets, thawed
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Salt
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
1 1/4 cups milk
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, cut-up

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in small bowl. Set aside. Cut up any large broccoli florets or cauliflower into bite-size pieces.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Add vegetables; toss gently to coat. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle top evenly with crumb mixture.

Bake 40 minutes or until heated through and top is lightly browned.

Make-Ahead Tip: Unbaked casserole may be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bake as directed.

Mushrooms with Spinach and Lemon Breadcrumbs
Via Be Still and Eat

Mushrooms with Spinach and Lemon Breadcrumbs

drizzle olive oil for sauté pan
1-2 lbs fresh mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
zest and juice of one lemon
2 bunches fresh spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in large pan
Slice mushrooms and sauté until deep golden brown, remove from pan
Add garlic, lemon zest and breadcrumbs to pan and toss a few times over med hi heat to toast, remove from pan
Saute spinach until mostly wilted, add mushrooms and breadcrumb mixture and toss in hot pan with lemon juice

Season with salt and pepper to taste

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