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 : Holidays Upon Us!
 By Angie Bridges
I’m sure I sound like a broken record by now because every year when I find myself writing the holiday articles I’m always “surprised” and “caught off guard” that the holiday is here, and this year is no different. I hope you all are planning to have your holiday and loved ones together again. We may be having smaller gatherings (full disclosure: I really like the more intimate setting) and Jeff and I wish you and yours a
happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
I know most people always make the
same food every thanksgiving due to traditions and treasured family recipes. I totally understand that, but for my table our Thanksgiving offerings are always a bit different every year (with he exception of turkey and stuffing because we love it), but the other sides are ALWAYS different and I’m constantly looking for new ideas that liven up our thanksgiving meal. Over the course of this year, we’ve come across a couple recipes that we have totally fallen in love with and will be serving them this holiday.
I encourage you to try one or both or find something online that inspire you to do the same. Make your sides the star of your table! Enjoy. Ciao for Now, Angie
Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts
You’ll Need: 6 Cups Sprouts cleaned and
cut in half, olive oil, salt & pepper to taste, 1 Cup mayonnaise, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 TBS. prepared horseradish, 2 TBS. Sriracha or favorite Louisiana style hot sauce, juice of 1 lemon, 5 thin slices lemon.
Directions: Preheat oven to 425. On a foil lined baking sheet, spread out your sprouts and drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper and toss with your hands and roast for 35-45 minutes, turning halfway. Meanwhile, prepare your bang bang sauce by combining mayo, garlic, horseradish, sriracha and lemon juice. Set aside. Remove roasted sprouts from oven and transfer them into a casserole dish. Pour the bang bang sauce over the roasted sprouts, tossing lightly to coat. Top with sliced lemons, and BROIL in the oven on HIGH for an additional 5 minutes.
Roasted Cabbage with Dijon Sauce You’ll Need: 1 medium green cabbage (2 1⁄2 lb. or so), 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt & pepper Sauce: 5 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons minced fresh onion, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, salt and pepper, garnish with chopped chives
Directions: Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Cut cabbage into halves then into quarters and set on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the wedges
with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes. Flip the wedges and roast until nicely browned, 8-10 minutes more. Meanwhile, make the sauce by adding all the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. To serve, place the wedges on a plate, drizzle over wedges. Sprinkle with chives. Serve.
Angie Bridges is owner of Copa Wine Bar in Stone Oak along with her husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.
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