Mr. Terrific’s Thanksgiving Side Dishes

For those of you playing at home, there were once multiple Earths in the DC Universe.

On one Earth, the heroes fought during WWII. This meant that these super heroes aged and even had families. It’s because of this domestic angle, perhaps, that the inevitable cross-overs between Earth 1 and Earth 2 would occur during holidays. Since no one wanted to really ask the religion of Superman 1 or 2, Thanksgiving was decided as a safe holiday.

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths event of 1985, the multiple Earths merged into one, but the tradition muddled through.

This lead to the strange occurrence of the heroes of both Earths having a large potluck dinner every year. Inevitably the meal is interrupted by some crisis or other, but in the mean time readers are treated to watching the characters they had seen take it on the chin from anything this side of an anti-matter alien or even an evil twin simply eat a meal. Since it is a pot luck dinner, this means that each hero has to bring a dish… so everyone from Amazon Princess Wonder Woman to eternal bachelor Hal Jordan, The Green Lantern has to come up with something to offer Batman.

Just keep that thought in the back of your mind today and the holiday will seem that much easier.
But of course the king of the side dish is the world’s third most brilliant man, the JSA‘s Mr. Terrific.

mr-terrific1For the first time ever, he has decided to share a couple of his best side dishes with the Daily P.O.P. just in case, like me, you are scrambling for ideas as to what to bring to the table to offer your own family’s equivalent of the world’s greatest detective.

Cornbread Stuffing

1- home made corn bread
8 oz. dried cranberries
1 cup pecans
1 cup roasted chestnuts, broken into smaller segments
2 cups chicken broth (use a bit more or less, depending on how dry/moist cornbread is)
1 teaspoon each sage and rosemary OR 2 teaspoons Bell’s seasoning

Starting with a home made cornbread,  chop into one-inch cubes and just leave to sit on the counter overnight. This will allow it to get good and stale, which is exactly what you want. In th AM, simply mix the nuts and cranberries into a large bowl w/ the cornbread cubes, and lightly pan fry the chestnut segments in butter and half of the spices to add flavor. Then it’s just a matter of mixing it all together with the heated-up broth, spreading it out into an even layer on a baking pan and leaving it in the oven on bake at 150 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Some people enjoy celery, but for the savory end of things, the chestnuts provide a kind of meaty texture and the dried cranberries bring a sweet/tart quality (you can also use cherries).

Cranberry Sauce

1 bag of cranberries (the standard size sold in most markets)
1 cup  water
3/4 cup of sugar (more if you prefer it more sweet than tart)
1 teabag Orange herbal tea

Boil the teabag in the cup of water for a few minutes to impart the flavor. Add sugar and simmer another few minutes. Add and boil the cranberries for ten minutes or until they pop. Stir well, remove from heat and chill. This continues to be the tastiest cranberry sauce that Mr. Terrific has come up with, pleasing everyone from Firestorm to the Spectre.


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