Thanksgiving dinner, or any turkey dinner for that matter, is one of those things that everyone has their traditional side dishes for. Now, I'm not one to have a problem with changing things up to try something different - in fact there was almost a revolt one year when I decided to try a different stuffing recipe rather then making the one we have every year.
I'm not even joking - I still haven't heard the end of that. And the new recipe was really good too, although clearly I will never get to have it again. Apparently changing up the traditional dishes at Thanksgiving is akin to sacrilege. Who knew?
So this one is traditional. I mean, not for me. I never had this dish at all growing up, had never even heard of mashed carrots and turnips. But for my husband, this dish was always a part of their turkey dinners. Turkey dinner without it just wasn't the same.
The first time I had it with his family, I'll admit - I wasn't a fan. It seemed a little weird to mash carrots up. Why? There's mashed potatoes, why waste space?
But I'm getting older now, and liking new things, and I quite enjoyed this when I made it for the first time this year. And the kids ate it too. Even the 4-year-old that doesn't eat vegetables. For some reason, mashing up those veggies makes them a-okay with him. Fine with me.
Makes for a happy husband too - I might even make one of his favourite side dishes to go with turkey dinner now! Add to the traditional meal at our house. Because I think it's okay to change things up. If you are looking for a new side dish to try this Thanksgiving, I would highly recommend this one. Plus, it's a great alternative to mashed potatoes if you are looking for lower carb options this year.
Now what other new side dishes can I add to the menu to shake things up - and maybe have another revolt on my hands?!
Le Creuset 7-quart Stainless Steel Stockpot
Chef's Classic Stainless Steel Cuisinart Stockpot