Barefoot by the Sea: Test Kitchen: Thanksgiving Recipes

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Test Kitchen: Thanksgiving Recipes

Thank you to Good to Know and Unilever Spreads for sponsoring this post. Find delicious recipes and learn more about Unilever spreads by visiting I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

As soon as the leaves start turning beautiful colors here in New England, I look forward to the upcoming holidays.  I think the time between October through January is my very favorite because it's full of tradition, family time and of course, great food!  Every year, we have a selection of our traditional family recipes that we've used and I always try to introduce a few news ones to mix it up a bit.  This year, I've decided on a few new side dishes and wanted to test my ingredient options.  I'm always looking for ways to maintain our health without sacrificing taste.  I recently came across Brummel and Brown and learned that it was a creamy spread blended with natural yogurt.  Since my husband takes medication to control his cholesterol, I thought this might be a good option for him in particular because it has no trans fat, no cholesterol and 1/4 of the fat found in butter.  Never ones to pass up a challenge, we decided to test our a couple of recipes and see if we could taste the difference.  A traditional menu item on our Thanksgiving table: Garlic Smashed Potatoes and something new:  Fresh Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds.

First old favorite!  
Garlic Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Serves: 8
1 Medium head of fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons Brummel and Brown
1/2 cup milk
2 pounds russet potatoes
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Drizzle garlic with olive oil and bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour
3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add potatoes and cook until tender.  Drain, cool and smash.  
4. Stir in Brummel and Brown, milk, salt and pepper
5. Remove garlic from the oven, squeeze the softened cloves into the potatoes and blend with potatoes.  Use an electric mixer if desired. 

Our family, as always loved these deliciously flavorful potatoes.  The garlic gives it an extra depth that your run of the mill mashed potatoes don't always have!  

Next....something new for us! 
Fresh Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds

Serves: 4, Hands on Time: 15 minutes
  • Ingredients:
  • 1  pound trimmed green beans
  • 4  tablespoons Brummel and Brown
  • 2  teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4  cup chopped unsalted almonds
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • Directions:
  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the Brummel and Brown in a skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the Brummel and Brown with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove it from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.
  • 3. Add the lemon juice, almonds, and salt. Swirl skillet over heat for 30 seconds more to toast the almonds. Spoon the mixture over the green beans.

This dish was a delicious option for a Thanksgiving side dish.  Rich, flavorful and nutty, we all enjoyed these green beans that were tasty and pretty!  

We were excited to have a pre Thanksgiving meal and over the upcoming weeks will solidify our menu.  Be sure to check out It's Good To Know and come back to share something that you learned about their spreads that you didn't know before!  Also, let me know if you have any great Thanksgiving or Holiday recipes that are new to you or a family favorite!  

Thank you to Good to Know and 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.


  1. Yum! I love garlic roasted mashed potatoes. The garlic really takes them over the top!

  2. Yum! I just love garlic :-) But roasting garlic is definitely a favorite of mine. I'm hungry now...thanks a lot! ;-)

    1. Roasted garlic, with a loaf of bread and a hunk of butter? That's my dream meal

  3. Jessica, thanks for supporting Food on Friday: Garlic. Cheers

  4. Jessica - this is great for our pea and bean link up as well. Thanks. Happy Easter.


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