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Our Stuffings, Our Selves

A person's preference for a particular stuffing, dressing, or filling might tell you something about where they've been.
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Sweet Potato Pavé

Super-thin slices of sweet potato are key to the finished texture and shape of these crispy bites. Use a mandoline for the best results, stabbing the last bit of potato with a fork to keep fingers safe.
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Speck-Wrapped Haricots Verts with Date Molasses

Wrapped in salty speck and glazed with date molasses, these bundles of crisp, tender haricots verts are the perfect pairing for beef or duck. Date molasses is thinner than standard molasses, so it needs to be cooked down to reach a glaze consistency; if it sets up too much, gently reheat it.
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Fried Wild Rice with Mustard Greens and Mushrooms

Properly cooked wild rice retains a pleasant crunch that adds satisfying texture to this fried rice. Paired with lightly spicy mustard greens, sweet celery, and tender, meaty mushrooms, it’s an earthy, savory side dish that could be a meal on its own.
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Roasted Citrus with Crunchy Three-Seed Brittle

The star of this effortless side is the sweet and savory brittle spiked with chile oil and studded with sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, it’s the perfect crunchy counterpoint to quick-roasted winter citrus. This salad is equally delicious served warm or at room temperature.
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Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Yogurt

Whipping boiled sweet potatoes in a food processor incorporates tons of air, resulting in a lighter-than-ever texture. These ultra-silky, three-ingredient potatoes are lightly sweet and extra creamy thanks to vegan coconut yogurt, which can be found in the yogurt section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find the vegan version, you can substitute canned coconut cream (not coconut milk).
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More Side Dishes

Creamed Corn Grits

With no cream or butter to dull the flavor, this dish showcases the sweetness and versatility of corn. The creaminess comes from the corn itself. The creamed corn may seem a little loose at first, but it will continue to thicken as it sits while the polenta cooks.
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Matsutake Rice

Koshihikari rice is exceptionally flavorful, tender, and just lightly sticky. Mushrooms bring the right balance of umami, without overwhelming the flavor of the rice itself.
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Salt-and-Pepper Limes

This simple but brilliant Vietnamese condiment is a game-changer. Squeeze these salt-, black pepper-, and chile- seasoned lime wedges over any protein or salad for a fresh hit of acid and spice (we love them with Grilled Chile-Glazed Shrimp with Herbs and Rice Noodles), or simply set these limes on the table with any dish that needs an extra kick, and let diners adjust flavor to their own preferences.