Spice Up Thanksgiving with New Side Dish Recipes

Written by Erin Quinn-Kong

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While there is nothing better than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday meal can also be the perfect time to experiment with new recipes. (You do have a captive audience, after all.) If you've been looking for a way to jazz up your standard turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie routine, consider these five recipes from Central Texas restaurants. 

La Cantera Mashed PotatoesChive & Garlic Potato Puree
La Cantera Resort & Spa

The first recipe (picture above), courtesy of Jake Andrews, Chef Tournant at La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, is for a chive and garlic potato puree. "It's different in that it's much richer, creamier and fluffier than traditional mashed potatoes," says Andrews. "And the nutmeg is a chef’s kept secret—however it is very common in French-style potatoes."

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Jack Allens Texas Pecan Cranberry Chutney

Texas Pecan Cranberry Chutney
Jack Allen’s Kitchen

"Cranberries are a natural fall ingredient, but they don’t grow in Texas, so I like to put them with a few ingredients that are native to the state: pecans and citrus," says Chef Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen's Kitchen, "This beats canned cranberry sauce any day of the week."

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Le Politique pommes aligot

Pommes Aligot 
Le Politique

These cheesy potatoes from new Austin French restaurant Le Politique are "stretchy, cheesy" goodness. 

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Jack Allen's Kitchen Pumpkin Goat Cheese TartPumpkin Goat Cheese Tart
Jack Allen’s Kitchen

"To me, tarts take the decadence of a good pie and put it into a more approachable size," says Chef Gilmore. "It’s thinner by nature of the baking tin you use, and you can’t overstuff it. I always feel like it’s not as much of an indulgence—unless I help myself to another serving." This recipe is courtesy of Jack Allen Kitchens' Pastry Chef Dee Dee Sanchez. 

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Bourbon Pear Ginger-bread-Upsidedown CAKE_Yes, more please! Bourbon Pear Gingerbread Upside Down Cake
Kerbey Lane Cafe/Yes, More Please Blog

When Kerbey Lane Cafe had a recipe contest last year using its gingerbread pancake mix, this cake recipe from Mariana and Ian McEnroe of the blog Yes, More Please! was a clear favorite. "The flavor of bourbon enhances the flavors and spices of the cake batter along with the caramelized pears," says the bloggers.  

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