Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

This is a simplified variation of the turkey I made two years ago. It produces a really moist bird and a savory stuffing that was well worth repeating. It also has the advantage of roasting in under two hours—true it does not produce a Norman Rockwell turkey, but flavor and convenience over presentation!

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Timing is always a challenge when making a Thanksgiving’s day meal, so an appetizer or two is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. While Eilene hates mushrooms, everyone else loves them. This is a dish you can cook slightly ahead and quickly re-warm just before serving.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

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Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

A meat and carbohydrates heavy Thanksgiving dinner calls for at least one green vegetable side. This year, I decided on Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorites. However, being a holiday meal I wanted something more than just plain steamed sprouts.

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta

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Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

About once a week we have what we call “deli dinner”—smoked salmon or lox, bread, cheeses, and salads. We usually get most of the ingredients for this meal from La Villa Italian Deli. However, since it is a family run business, they close for the entire Thanksgivings Day weekend.

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

We made do by getting our ingredients from Whole Food‘s this week. We had some hot smoked salmon leftover and I decided to use it for lunch the next day. How do you feed three people with only one ounce of fish? I decided to mix it with an avocado and some chives that I had remaining from making Thanksgiving dinner. Avocado toast makes a great lunch when paired with a green salad. Continue reading

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Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

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Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

I made some deviled eggs for Jan’s Ethno Breakfast—a local (Bay Area) meeting of corporate ethnologists. We had some leftover smoked trout and I thought I would experiment with it, in case  Jan asked me to make another dish for the next event. Plain deviled eggs are an infinite canvas for creative new dishes.

Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

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Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

When Jan asked for chicken mole for her birthday, the email at the top of my list was from America’s Test Kitchen with a video about chicken mole and drunken beans. The beans sounded like a good side dish for the mole, so I decided to make it myself.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

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Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

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Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

Technique drawn from Mel’s Kitchen Café

I am making Jan’s birthday dinner of chicken mole and drunken beans. We are having company so I decided to add a rice dish. Jan is pushing me to use more “low glycemic” starches in my diet so I made it with brown rice.

Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

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