This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Keller’s Creamery. All opinions are entirely my own.
For some people, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. For me, however, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes!
Not that I have anything against the turkey. I love turkey as much as anyone. But I have to confess, I am always extremely thankful for all the delicious side dishes we have on our Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the few events of the year where I pull out all the stops and pour my heart and soul into creating fabulous side dishes, to see how much I can tempt our guests into saving some room on their plates, even while piling them high with turkey and stuffing!
The key to delicious side dishes, as you might imagine, is using great ingredients. There’s definitely no room for skimping on quality for one of the most important meals of the year! So, for this recipe, I make sure to pick out the very freshest veggies, and to use creamy, delicious butter like Keller’s Creamery.
Butter is a must have on the Thanksgiving table, don’t you think? Not only is butter the star of this broccoli recipe, but I also make sure to have it on the table for dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, and other side dishes. Keller’s Creamery Butter has been a family tradition in my local town, as well as the Philadelphia area, since 1906, and just by tasting it you’ll understand why.
In fact, according to a recent survey * conducted by Keller’s Creamery, about 55 percent of Philadelphians said mashed potatoes is the number one Thanksgiving dish that just isn’t the same without butter, and I agree!
Here are a few more fun facts that illustrate how much people love butter. When faced with the prospect of a Thanksgiving meal without butter, almost half of the survey participants said they would rather miss out on a season of Philadelphia Eagles football, can you believe it?!
And there’s more…around 26 percent would rather go without wine and beer at their remaining 2017 holiday parties, about 22 percent would rather give up Philly cheesesteak for a year, and 10 percent would rather have no turkey with their Thanksgiving meal…for the next 10 years! Now that is really saying something!
If you are still wondering if butter is really that big of a deal here, take note of this: Philadelphia is the third largest butter market in the country. In fact, last Thanksgiving, Philadelphians bought more than 2.5 million pounds of butter.** That’s enough sticks of butter to run Rocky’s path up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps 28,693 times; or 514 times the amount of yards rushed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 (1,813 yards); or enough to run the length of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge 292 times! Wowsers, that’s a lot of butter!!
(* According to an October 2017 survey of 717 Philadelphian adults. ** According to November 2016 industry data.)
Since butter is such an important part of holiday meals, you always want to make sure you have the smoothest, creamiest, freshest butter. I always head to my nearby Acme Markets grocery store to pick up Keller’s butter products, which I love because the brand offers all the options I need, and they contain no artificial ingredients or added hormones. I usually pick up some salted and unsalted butter sticks, but I also make sure to grab one or two of the adorable Keller’s Creamery Turkey Sculptures. They are so cute and whimsical, and never fail to be a fun topic of conversation around the dinner table as well!
You can find Keller’s Creamery products at all the major grocery stores in the Philadelphia area, so keep an eye out for them when you are food shopping for the holiday.
Looking for some other great recipes to showcase the farm-fresh, wholesome flavor of Keller’s Creamery butter? Just visit the website at KellersCreamery.com to check out more fabulous ideas!
This Broccoli with Red Pepper Garlic Butter Sauce recipe is a family favorite for the holidays. Between the delicious buttery sauce infused with the flavors of fresh red peppers and garlic, and the crunchiness of the cashews, the kids hardly even notice that they are eating a vegetable. I like to make a double batch because it never fails to disappear almost as fast as the stuffing!
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) Keller’s Creamery Salted Butter, divided
- 1 red pepper, cleaned and sliced into matchstick-thin strips
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 to 1 and ½ pounds fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ½ cup salted cashews
- In a medium saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter.
- Add the red pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the butter sauce is simmering, boil water in a large pot. Blanch the broccoli pieces by placing them in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes, until cooked to a tender-crisp texture.
- Drain the water and set the broccoli aside.
- After the 20 minutes of simmering, add the remaining butter and the cashews to the saucepan. Stir until the additional butter is melted, and the cashews are coated.
- Pour the red pepper garlic butter sauce over the broccoli pieces, and serve immediately.
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