Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Desserts from Star Chefs

Show off your culinary skills this Thanksgiving without messing with the classic Turkey Day staples.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Desserts from Star Chefs

Show off your culinary skills this Thanksgiving without messing with the classic Turkey Day staples.

-Recipes courtesy of Jean Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Pépin, and David Burke

For some no-fail tips for the perfect Thanksgiving meal, we asked famous chefs Jean Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Pépin, and David Burke for some recipes that will ensure you have a five-star meal prepared for Thanksgiving day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Water Chestnuts, Sugar Snap Peas, and Shiitakes
-From
Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, copyright (c) 2007 by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, published by Broadway Books

Stir-FryCrunchy, salty, and sweet, this quick stir-fry takes advantage of fresh vegetables by treating them simply with a hint of ginger and a splash of soy sauce.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons grape seed, corn, or other neutral oil

6 fresh small shiitake mushrooms, trimmed

4 wood ear mushroom, soaked in water for 1 hour, then drained and chopped

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup peeled and sliced fresh water chestnuts

1 cup sugar snap peas, strings removed and ends trimmed

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Salt

Preparation:

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, ginger, and 1 tablespoon water and stir-fry until browned and softened, about 2 minutes. Then add another tablespoon oil, the water chestnuts, and 1 tablespoon water, and stir-fry for another minute. Add the remaining tablespoon oil, the sugar snap peas, and 1 tablespoon water, and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.

2. Season with the soy sauce and salt to taste and serve.

Sweet Potato Vanilla Puree
-From David Burke

Sweet Potato Vanilla PureeIngredients:

6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1/4 pound butter, 1 stick, cut into 8 pieces

2 vanilla beans, split and scraped

Coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

1. Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan with water to cover and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to saucepan.

2. Over low heat, mash potatoes until pureed, adding butter, vanilla, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and reserve.

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