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October 29, 2019

5 Sides You Should Try Right Now

We’re days away from November and already holiday decorations are up in retail stores. Maybe it’s a nudge, knowing Thanksgiving is running a bit late this year and making the shopping season shorter. But before you break away and google best cookbooks of 2019 to give and add to your Amazon cart, we thought we’d take a minute and offer a few recipe suggestions. Maybe you’ll use them this week, maybe you’ll hold onto them for the holidays, but either way, consider it to be one last thing you’ll have to plan during the hectic season.


Let’s start with something very fall-like, what do you say? Apple and Fig Couscous sounds right for the season. Packed with apples, figs, and the flavors of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, this dish brings the fragrance of fall with it. It could be served as a side, of course, or as the bed for something grilled, like mini meatballs or burgers, or to host a kebab or two. Couscous is also quite nice with flavorful braised beef full of root vegetables and a rich gravy. Our authentic Mirepoix Base adds finely pureed carrots, onion, and celery in just the right proportions, and allows this recipe to fit the needs of vegan diners.

If couscous isn’t for you, you could lean into this Curried Brown Rice and Apricots. You could just as easily replace the apricots with apples or figs. The same base in all its versatility leads the way into a sweet and savory foundation for vegetables and protein. Roasted Garlic Potatoes feel like a win, and at only 2 ingredients, it’d be hard to argue another outcome. Mashed potatoes plus Custom Culinary® Master’s Touch® Roasted Garlic Flavor Concentrate equal something delicious, authentic, and uncomplicated. If you want even more high fives, mashed potatoes can be swapped with scalloped potatoes, stuffed potatoes, or your choice of creamed potatoes. 

Eggplant is a favorite (is it one of yours?) and becomes even more craveable when stuffed with mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic, and parsley in this recipe. Topping it with Tomato Basil Hollandaise using our sped-scratch sauce concentrate gives it all the extra oomph you need this time of year. Or to really wow a crowd with sweet and savory flavors, our take on Poutine combines wild mushrooms, pale ale cheese sauce, sweet potatoes, and brown gravy. It’s indulgent and delicious, and can quickly elevate any style or cut of French fries to new heights. For an added signature variation, serve with a blend of fresh seasonal local mushrooms.

We’ve got loads more side dishes to offer, but we’ll leave you here today and come back with more after the holiday tunes start filling radio stations. Of course, if you’re looking for something specific, you can always find us here. Or FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn works, too. One last thing, if you’re looking for more Sweet & Savory inspiration, the newest trend in our series, start here. We’ll see you soon.

Bo Chhay
Manager, Insight & Communication
Custom Culinary, Inc.