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    >> we are back now at 8:51. this morning, with recooking with giada, reinventing your side dishes . good morning, nice to see you.

    >> hi.

    >> turkey is the star. i can eat it every day, side dishes make the meal, don't they?

    >> or penguin, whichever.

    >> you don't want to be cooking penguin. thosegies will be up here in a second.

    >> yes, definitely turkey is sort of the star of the show. but i happen to love sides and as savannah put it, i'm not taking away the stuffing of touching the stuffing. we will deal with other things, vegetables, basically.

    >> the way you do these sides, that i will appeal to the traditionalists who like the ingredients, these are for daring people?

    >> it's no, i think the idea here being that something like this sweet potato dish can be made ahead of time. i'm trying to help people get to the point where they feel they can handle everything on time. sweet potatoes , salt. i put them in the oven until they are nice and tender. let them cool completely.

    >> we should mention, this salad will be served room temperature or cold?

    >> cold or room temperature . you can make it the day before or the morning of. it is out of the way or done. this is a bake mash. so you can add all of these ingredients, apple cranberries, pumpkin seeds or parsley.

    >> i will make a fast dressing, yogurt, mustard, dijom mustard and maple syrup . you can make this simply. i bought the the maple syrup flavors, chrome myness. it's a little -- owe creaminess.

    >> you put it in the fridge. i like to leave it in the fridge about 30 minutes . i take it out like 20 to 30 minutes before i'm going to serve it. it looks like. perfect.

    >> see. okay. here you go.

    >> thank you very much. brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable.

    >> really?

    >> absolutely. no. 1.

    >> that's kind of rare. bacon for sure everybody loves. this is the idea. you make a fast glaze, butter, add brown sugar to it. kayenne and salt.

    >> you said you can use this glaze on chocolate ice cream .

    >> een any ice cream , it's so good, it's butter, brown shoug ar, salt. we had two-thirds of a cup of bourbon. how do you feel about bourbon?

    >> give me the chocolate ice cream right now. i love the bourbon.

    >> add it off the heat because it can flame up and splatter everywhere i will leave you to mix that up. be careful of your outfit. it becomes this kind of a glaze.

    >> i wish people at home could smell this, this smells really good.

    >> we come to the securing of the brussel sprouts and bacon. i boil them to blanche them so they stayifies an grown. cut them in half, let them cool. take the big slabs of bacon not the regular breakfast bacon. you can get this at the specialty store or butcher shop . cut it up. put it in the oven about 10 minutes render it slightly, then you can help me if you like.

    >> alt nate.

    >> take them and go like this, ow, without stabbing yourself.

    >> did you just stab yourself?

    >> i did, thanks for noticing. a piece of -- bacon.

    >> do you have a band aid ?

    >> get me a skewer.

    >> listen, those are -- if you want to try this. carson, go for it.

    >> i love having carson, it eats, you are going to eat, too?

    >> we need a brussel sprout .

    >> wait. so you put them on the grill like this. you brush them with the bourbon brown sugar carmel. what do you think?

    >> what's, natalie and i think the same way. this is a dessert, believe it or not cranberry soup.

    >> eating bread crumbs.

    >> great new takes on traditional sides for thanksgiving. giada, thank you very much.

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updated 11/20/2013 3:51:53 PM ET 2013-11-20T20:51:53

Recipe: Bacon bourbon Brussels sprout skewers

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound slab bacon, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 pound small Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 15 to 20 (8-inch) bamboo skewers

Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the butter and allow it to cook until the butter begins to brown and starts to smells nutty, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the brown sugar and cayenne and cook another 2 minutes stirring regularly. Remove the pan from the heat and add the bourbon. Be careful as it will splatter. Place the pan back on the heat and ignite if desired. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until a smooth caramel has formed, another 3 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spread the bacon on a small baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes, just to begin to render the fat. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the sprouts and simmer for

3 to 4 minutes or until just barely tender and still bright green. Spread on a sheet tray to cool slightly. Toss with the olive oil and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt.

Preheat the grill pan over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Begin to assemble the skewers starting with a Brussels Sprout, then a piece of bacon, another sprout, another piece of bacon and finishing with a sprout. Continue until all of the skewers are assembled.  Brush the glaze lightly over the skewers. Place them on the prepared grill pan and grill, brushing them with glaze with every turn, until the bacon is beginning to crisp and the Brussels sprouts are starting to char, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove and serve warm drizzled with any remaining glaze.


Cooks Note: It may sound crazy, but the glaze for these Brussels sprouts also works well over chocolate ice cream with toasted pecans.

Serving Size

Makes 15 to 20 skewers

Recipe: Cranberry soup with curried breadcrumbs

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 apple, such as honeycrisp, chopped
  • 1 pound cranberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • Smoked olive oil to finish (optional)

Heat a 3 quart sauce pan over medium heat. To the pan add the onion, carrot, celery and 1 teaspoon of salt and sauté for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Add the apple and cranberries and sauté for another 2 minutes. Deglaze with the apple juice and add the water, star anise, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Bring soup to a boil, and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the star anise, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, mix together the panko, 1 tablespoon agave, the curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place over medium heat and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often, until the breadcrumbs are fragrant and golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In 2 batches, ladle the soup into the pitcher of a blender and puree until smooth. Return the pureed soup to a pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn off the heat and add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons of agave. Ladle into bowls and top with the curried breadcrumbs. Drizzle with a little smoked or extra virgin olive oil if desired.


Cooks Note: Smoked olive oil can be found at specialty food stores or ordered online. Regular extra virgin olive oil may be substituted.

Serving Size

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe: Sweet potato salad with maple syrup dressing

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) sweet potatoes or red garnet yams, peeled and diced into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • For dressing:
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted (see Cook
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.

Toss together the sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes until golden and tender.

For the dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mascarpone cheese, maple syrup, mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the potatoes. Add the apple, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and parsley. Toss until all the ingredients are coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Cook's Note:

To toast the pumpkin seeds, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.

Serving Size

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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