Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Switching up Holiday Sides

Have I told you lately how much I love Thanksgiving? I have said that a billion times this month, I know, but I am so sad to see it coming to an end. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving volunteering at the community Thanksgiving dinner and spending time together. There is nothing better than getting to be with my family and sharing the things that we are most thankful for. We have been so blessed and it's a great time to reflect back on the year and everything we have been blessed with!! I love being a part of the Hormel Foods blogger program and I am loving this month's topic on side dishes!!!!  I hope you all have enjoyed all of the side dish recipes we have shared so far but we aren't done yet! Hormel Foods has given us a challenge!!
The Challenge:
We all have traditions in terms of holiday side dishes. Whether it is a mashed potato recipe passed down from your great-grandparents or homemade stuffing you whip together at the last minute each year, it’s easy to stick to what you’re familiar with. This year, we challenge you to spice up that typical holiday side by adding in a new ingredient to your tried and true item. Get creative and surprise your guests with something original; you may just create a new family tradition your children will use as adults!

I wasn't sure about this challenge. My family is very traditional and we have eaten the same foods year after year for as long as I can remember. So I played it safe. I made a batch of our regular tried and true mashed potatoes and then made a second dish in which I threw in shredded cheese and Hormel Black Label Bacon.

The verdict?! It was a HUGE hit! Of course there were a couple folks who just can't toss tradition out the window but this is going to be a new dish we make quite often!!!! And the greatest thing was how easy it was. I made the mashed potatoes just like normal until the end when I tossed in the bacon pieces and cheese. Mmmmm.

How about you? Are you up for the challenge?

*I am a member of the Hormel Foods Extended blogger program. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own!

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