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Red Beans and Rice With Smoked Turkey

The Louisiana meal of red beans and rice is typically made with pork: smoked, salted, roasted, or pickled. Those all work well in this recipe (a pound of sliced and browned andouille sausage would be our choice), but the beans also shine with smoked turkey. More

Smoked Turkey Braised Collard Greens

Smoked turkey replaces the more traditional choice of bacon in this rendition of braised collard greens. Nice and garlicky, the greens are spiced up with red chili flakes, with a bite of acidity from cider vinegar and lemon juice. And, since the turkey's pretty lean, we finish it off with some butter to give the pleasantly bitter, tender greens the rich, mouth-coating quality that pork belly typically provides. More

Easy Slow Cooker Creamed Kale

Creamed kale is an easy side dish that deserves its place on your holiday table. This version is made in the slow cooker and includes a bit of chicken stock, milk, and heavy cream, which is thickened on the stove before being poured on top of ribbons of kale. Romano cheese adds nuttiness and binds the sauce, along with a pinch of nutmeg and a little crushed red pepper. Right before serving, a touch of lemon zest brightens the dish. More

Popeye's Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing

Since Popeye's makes one of our favorite buttery, tender biscuits in the city, we thought it would have excellent stuffing potential. And sure enough, once dehydrated in the oven, the biscuit-croutons stand up beautifully to the stock, cream, and egg mixture that gives this stuffing its custardy texture. The dish is studded with sweet Italian sausage, onion, celery, carrots, and fennel for a fast food twist on the classic dish. More

Sage and Sausage Stuffin's (Stuffing Muffins)

Whether you call them stuffin's or muffings, stuffing muffins are one of the best ways to enjoy the best side dish on the Thanksgiving table. Baking standard stuffing in individual buttered muffin tins makes for individual serving-sized stuffin's that are moist in the center with crisp edges all around. More

Bacon-Braised Green Beans

I love a crisp sautéed green bean or a fresh and crunchy green bean salad as much as anyone, but there's a time and a place for everything, and I'd like to make the case for tender braised green beans. Let's bust out of this al dente prison we're stuck in now, shall we? More

The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Have you ever wondered why sweet potatoes are so darn insecure? It's time to say good bye to the days of sweet potatoes having to hide behind a mask of sugar and bolted-on marshmallows. What we have here is a technique for making mashed sweet potatoes that are so sweet, rich, and packed with sweet potato flavor, they need only the simplest of embellishments to shine. More

Over-the-Top Creamed Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels sprouts have come a long way in the days since they were boiled to a stinky, cabbage-y death. Rapid, high-heat cooking has been the game-changer for me, but what if I told you that there's an even better way to cook Brussels sprouts? One that forgoes that quick cooking in lieu of extra-richness and flavor? A method that not only delivers decadently delicious results, but can be made 100% ahead of time with just a short stay in the oven prior to serving? This cheesy casserole packed with bacon and Brussels sprouts is where it's at. More

The Best Vegan Stuffing

I've only ever had one criterion for my vegan recipes: They must be good enough that even an avowed meat-head would gladly down them. I wanted a stuffing with deep, complex, savory flavors that bakes up with a moist texture almost like a savory bread pudding. I wanted stuffing so good that it'll be the first side dish to disappear from the table. A stuffing so good that my meat-eating family would attack and devour it with reckless abandon. More

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