Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Dish Makeovers With Unilever Spreads! #Recipes #Good2KnowSpreads #spon


Getting the whole family together for Thanksgiving is not that hard on account of all the food that's involved. Our Thanksgiving dinner is about 75% traditional Thanksgiving recipes and 25% new or family recipes, but Thanksgiving dinner is really what each family makes of it, right. Every couple years we get really lucky and my mom decides to make her Turkey Tamales for dinner

The big dinner might be a couple weeks off, but its never to early to start planning the menu. We usually stock our fridge and cabinets with all the basics now, add the turkey, veggies, stuffing and gravy to the menu and then work from there.
The apps and sides are where we like to have fun, adding a new appetizer or side dish to the menu each year and the recipes that got thumbs up from everyone usually get added every year. The only thing is, the new side dish has to be a twist on a traditional Thanksgiving recipe. 

Past favorites that are on the table every year:
Cranberry Walnut Cheese instead of Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Crumble instead of plain Sweet Potatoes
Jamon Croquettes when we don't do a spiral ham

So this year we already know what we are going to swap on the dinner table and Good To Know and Unilever Spreads asked me to try and swap the butter out of two Thanksgiving Day dishes with their spreads. Because the apps, or tapas, and sides are such a big part of our dinner, I decided to use Promise in the Buttery flavor.   All of the Unilever Spread options looked great (Country Crock, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Brummel & Brown) but I chose Promise because it was one of the Healthy Heart options, and I always look for that with my dad diet.

The new addition to our Thanksgiving dinner this year is Cornbread Casserole. We got the recipe from a scout family after they brought it to the yearly potluck dinner. We've had it a couple times and everyone already loves it-- tastes incredible. 

Cornbread Casserole
1/2 tub of Promise Vegetable oils spread (15 ounce tub)
2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread
1 can cream style corn
1 can whole kernel corn (do not drain)
2 cups sour cream

Allow Promise spread to become soft so that it is easy to mix. In a large bowl combine Promise spread, Jiffy cornbread, cream style corn, kernel corn and sour cream. Mix well. Pour mix into a large baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until casserole is no longer liquidy. 

Note: Because its a hybrid bread & casserole, the fork test won't work, but its not going to be firm and dry like a normal bread will. It should have a firm cornbread crust on top and a creamy center. 

Serves 12

For the second side dish, is a favorite Spanish tapa that I make when we decide not to do ham

Jamon Croquettes 
1/4 tub Promise Vegetable oil spread (15 ounce size)
1 pound diced ham
1 large sweet onion diced
2/12 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cups buttermilk
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
3-4 cups bread crumbs  
2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add Promise spread to skillet and diced onions, cooking for 5 minutes till done. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour to the onions, mix in well till all the Promise spread is absorbed. Add whole and butter milk to skillet and cook, stirring constantly still over medium heat. 

Once the mixture has thickened add the diced ham and salt. Keep stirring till a thick paste is made, about 4 minutes. The mixture should be forming a ball and stop sticking to the bottom and sides of the skillet or pan you are using.

Allow mixture to cool, spread flat onto a plate or other dish and place in the fridge for four to six hours. 

Once the dough is nice and stiff, not too sticky, you are ready to roll out your croquettes. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add remaining flour to a plate and bread crumbs to a second plate. Beat eggs in a bowl. 

Use a spoon and scoop a spoonful of the mixture into your floured hands. Roll mixture into a ball, roll in the plate of flour, dip in egg till completely covered and then roll in bread crumbs. Do this for several and then drop all of them into the frying pan for a minute each, flipping over as each side browns. Repeat.

Makes about 35 croquettes 

I know the rest of the family is going to love the new addition to the dinner table and I am sure it is going to be there every year. 

Do you have any family recipes that you pull out just for Thanksgiving dinner?

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.