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    5 Must-have Holiday Side Dishes

    Join Us for a Feast at Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau

    Tis the season for a holiday meal! Whether your party is large or small, we at Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau know that you want your celebration to be perfect. You've already picked the main course, but we all can agree that side dishes are just as important for a special feast.

    There are so many options for additions on your meal. Let us ease your holiday stress by telling you about a few of our favorites. Simply follow these guidelines to create a holiday dinner that will delight your guests.

    1. MMM, BISCUITS!

    A great side or starter to your holiday meal is a nice, warm biscuit. Here's how to make them.

    Start to finish: 20 minutes
    Servings: 12

    2 cups buttermilk
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 tablespoon sugar
    4 cups self-rising flour, with a bit extra for rolling
    3/4 cup vegetable shortening
    Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
    Combine flour, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well and cut shortening into your mix until you achieve a crumbly texture.
    Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to make round biscuits and place them on your cooking sheet.
    Bake 12-14 minutes until your biscuits are light gold in color. Serve warm with butter.

    2. CREAMY CORN WITH BACON

    All of your guests will be sure to love a side of corn with their dinner. Here's what you need to create this fantastic dish in a slow cooker.

    Start to finish: 4+ hours
    Servings: 10

    One 32-ounce bag of frozen whole kernel corn
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/4 cup water
    One 8-ounce package cream cheese
    1/2 cup butter
    One bag of bacon bits
    Empty your bag of corn into a 4 or 5 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle corn with sugar and salt and drizzle with water. Place cream cheese and butter on top without stirring your corn mixture.
    Cover and cook on low for four hours. Stir well before serving, your cream cheese may still look like a block but is very blendable. Add bacon to the top.

    3. ULTIMATE MASHED POTATOES

    Meat and potatoes have always been the American way. Indulge your guests with this simple recipe.

    Start to finish: 40 minutes
    Servings: 5

    2 1/2 pounds peeled and chunked Idaho baking potatoes
    1/2 stick of softened butter
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Put your potato chunks into a large soup pot. Add just enough water to cover the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat.
    Cook 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain water and place potatoes into a large bowl.
    Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a spoon or electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
    Serve with butter, gravy, or sour cream.

    4. HOLIDAY STUFFING

    Arguably the most popular side dish, stuffing can be made easily with fresh ingredients.

    Start to finish: one hour
    Servings: 6

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium sized chopped onion
    1/4 pound chopped mushrooms
    1/3 cup slivered blanched almonds
    1/2 cup dried cranberries
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 3/4 cups chicken broth
    One 8-ounce package seasoned stuffing cubes
    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 1 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
    Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onion, mushrooms, almonds, cranberries, salt, and ginger and sauté for 6-8 minutes.
    Add chicken broth and bring your mixture to a boil.
    Remove your mixture and add stuffing cubes. Mix well and place in baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

    5. BAKED CRANBERRY SAUCE

    Cranberry sauce is a sweet treat that brings out the essence of the holidays. This simple recipe is great for your feast.

    Start to finish: 45 minutes
    Servings: 3 1/2 cups

    4 cups rinsed and drained cranberries
    2 cups sugar
    2 tablespoon sugar
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine your ingredients in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
    Cover and bake 50-60 minutes, while stirring occasionally until cranberries pop.
    Let your mixture cool and chill the covered platter before serving.

    Holiday Events at Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau

    Whether you're cooking your own holiday dinner or need a break from the stress, Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau is here to serve you all season long. Stop by during November and December for a great meal at our casino.

    • Holiday To-Go:
      Join us at Farmer's Pick® now through December 30. We're offering a holiday feast for four to five people for $60*. Dine on sliced glazed ham and whole turkey with gravy. Our sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, traditional bread stuffing, cranberry relish salad, green bean casserole, buttered corn, and buttered rolls. Dessert is your choice of scrumptious pecan or pumpkin pie. Place your order seven days before pickup by ordering online or in-person at Farmer’s Pick Buffet.
    • Christmas Eve Buffet:
      Come to Farmer's Pick® Buffet on December 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We're offering a Christmas Eve Brunch for $23.99* per person.
    • Christmas Day Brunch Buffet:
      Farmer's Pick® Buffet is presenting a Christmas brunch on Friday, December 25. Come in and dine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our delicious brunch is just $25.99* per person.
    • Christmas Four Course Meal:
      December 24 and 25, from 5-9 p.m., you can treat yourself to a feast at Farraddays® Steakhouse. We're offering a four-course meal for $34.99* per person. We're presenting a tasty caprese salad with toppings like cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella glazed with a balsamic reduction. Portabellas Oscar with crab meat stuffing comes next, and the main course is slow-roasted prime rib and barbecue Creole shrimp with your choice of side. Finish your meal with succulent crème brûlée with Grand Marnier reduction and fresh berries.
    • New Year’s Eve Buffet:
      Farmer's Pick® Buffet is offering a New Year's Eve buffet on Thursday, December 31, from 4-11 p.m. Just pay $28.99* per person, with an optional $10 add-on for two lobster tails.
    • NYE Three Course Meal:
      Come to Farraddays® Steakhouse Thursday, December 31 and dine on a three course meal for $47.99* per person. We're serving smoked tomato soup with grilled shrimp, filet mignon and stuffed lobster with your choice of side. Our Gooey Butter Cake Cannolis are flavored with fresh mint and berries.
    • New Year's Day Brunch:
      Follow us to Farmer's Pick® Buffet on January 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for New Year’s Day Brunch. We're offering a New Year’s Day Buffet for $15.99* per person.

    *Tax and gratuity is not included.

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