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Depot Market Chef Offers Simple Side Dish Advice

The Daily Pelham will be bringing you tips and ideas to add flavor and variety to your Thanksgiving dinner in the days leading up to the holiday on Thursday. Today’s focus is the side dishes.

PELHAM, N.Y. – Depot Market executive chef David Katz will cook dozens of Thanksgiving meals for customers and the one at his own home. He follows one direct strategy for preparing the huge feast.

“When it comes to Thanksgiving, I just keep it simple…Don’t get too fancy,” Katz said.

Katz added that if people try to get too creative, they could end up ruining the way that the food is supposed to taste. So while some might try to add onions to their sweet potatoes or serve paella in lieu of stuffing, Katz suggests that the simpler, classic options are best.

The menu at the Katz household reflects his advice. Katz cooks a turkey, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. He prepares two types of stuffing, one with Italian sausage and one traditional bread stuffing, and green beans almondine. Occasionally, he will divert from the norm and make broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

He also serves apple pie, pumpkin pie and cheesecake for dessert. But the most important portion, he said, is not in the kitchen.

“The best recipe for a good Thanksgiving is good football games,” Katz said.

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