Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.
Today: Because bread does not a meal make (on Thanksgiving anyway), here are the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you'll want to pick up for your holiday meal.
1. Fresh Thyme
Cook: Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy is a non-negotiable must-have item, but you also might want to consider serving a side of roasted root vegetables with horseradish-thyme butter or crostini topped with thyme pesto and preserved lemon cream for an appetizer.
Cook: Celeriac Purée, Celery Root and Potato Gratin, or -- if your guests will revolt without standard mashed potatoes on the menu -- try slipping some celeriac into the mash for a subtle update on the classic.
Cook: Serve Balsamic-Roasted Shallots for a heroic (yes, heroic) side dish, or make a Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza and cut it into small pieces for an elegant appetizer.
8. Fresh Sage
Cook: The side dish that no one thinks they want until they go back for seconds. We recommend choosing one (or more) of the following: "Pot-Stuck" Brussels Sprouts, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Red Onion, Lemon, and Pecorino, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios.
Tell us: What fruits and vegetables are essential to your Thanksgiving meal?