Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 21, 2008

LilSis, I hear that you put a call out for easy Thanksgiving recipes, and I have one for you.  I’m not a huge expert on what is freezable and what is not, so I can’t make any promises about that.  I can tell you that this Spinach Artichoke Casserole is so so easy, that it’s almost as quick as a made-ahead frozen dish.  The hardest part is cooking the onions, and I bet Big T will do that for you!  Most casseroles with these two vegetables have cream cheese, heavy cream and/or canned soup.  This one does have small amounts of Parmesan and sour cream, but I think it’s lower in fat than the others, and the flavor is fantastic.  I’ve made this a couple of times.

Spinach Artichoke Casserole

2 (14 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and halved
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup butter (or olive oil)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use more!)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese

Cook onions in butter or oil until tender.  Meanwhile, arrange artichokes in bottom of a greased casserole dish.  Drain spinach very thoroughly, pressing out as much water as you can.  I like to just pick up a handful with clean hands, and squeeze it completely dry.  To the cooked onions, add the spinach, sour cream, 1/4 cup Parmesan, salt and peppers.  Spoon spinach mixture over artichokes and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes or until completely heated throughout.

I also found a couple of recipes from AllRecipes that I thought sounded really good for Thanksgiving.  How about Carrot Broccoli Casserole with cheese, but without rice or canned soup? I love carrots and broccoli together, and cheese would just make the combo even tastier!  Crumb-Topped Broccoli Bake sounds delicious too.  Again, no rice since you have those scrumptious mashed potatoes for your starch.  It has crushed Ritz crackers on the top, and calls for a can of process cheese sauce.  I think that means Cheez Whiz! 😀

I hope you like one of those.  Maybe someone will have an idea we haven’t thought of yet!

~BigSis

2 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Margie Allen

    November 21, 20084:15 pm

    I’ve been too lazy to leave a comment, sorry Sis’s. And, I will put this at your last post instead of where it belongs. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to beauty products, and have returned jillions. I get a runny nose from scented candles, peppermint, eucalytus, the formaldehyde used to treat clothing, dry cleaning, perfume, cologne, you name it. So I was excited to finally find a product that I was not reactive to. It is pevonia botanica phyto-gel cleanser and reactive skin care cream. I bought it after a facial in Minneapolis, but the woman said you could buy it in Dallas where I live. You can Google it. Before that, I used only ‘pure and natural’ soap and could never find any kind of face cream that didn’t stuff me up and settle into my contacts. I used to wipe my forehead with a towel several times a day, and lo and behold, using moisturizer actually does get rid of that problem. I love your blog, so keep it up! And a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to BigSis – enjoy your trip to Las Vegas.

  2. Posted by BigSis

    November 22, 20083:15 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Margie! We’re both very happy that you like what we’re doing on BigSisLilSis. We’re having a blast!

    I’ve never heard of the cleanser and cream that you mentioned, so I’m really happy to know about it. SisMama has the same kind of sensitivities that you have to fragrance and chemicals; I’ll make sure to tell her about this product.

    Thanks also for the birthday wish! Viva Las Vegas!

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