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This secret pantry staple is the key to delicious Thanksgiving side dishes

Wow your guests with this simple tip

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Every family has its own Thanksgiving “secret ingredient,” the one thing they do a bit differently when it comes to flavoring the many Thanksgiving side dishes. In my home growing up, that ingredient was Kitchen Bouquet. I’ll be honest with you – I still don’t fully understand this ingredient, but that familiar yellow label puts me in the spirit of falling leaves and pumpkin pie every single time I see it. For my generation, time will undoubtedly tell that the secret Thanksgiving ingredient in every millennial’s pantry is Better Than Bouillon.

This clever little flavor paste is marketed as a stock-maker, which it is. Stir it into some hot water, and bam – instant stock in a wide variety of flavor options. But Better Than Bouillon does so much more than just make stock. Add a spoonful to sauteeing vegetables for an instant flavor upgrade. Stir it into lackluster soups or casseroles that need a lift. Think of this product not just as a way to create delicious stock but as a way to take any boring dish and make it delicious. From Thanksgiving food to otherwise boring weeknight meals, there’s always a way to incorporate this trusty little ingredient. And with Thanksgiving dinner just around the corner, these are a few delicious turkey day favorites, made even better with Better Than Bouillon.

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Better Than Bouillon traditional stuffing recipe

(From Better Than Bouillon)


  • 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base
  • 8 ounces pre-cooked pork sausage, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, torn
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 6 cups day-old white bread, cubed


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water and Turkey Base; bring to a boil. Stir in sausage, onion, and celery; boil for 2 minutes. Stir in butter and sage until butter is melted. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  3. In a large bowl, toss bread with sausage mixture until bread is well coated and moist but not soggy (if bread is still dry, add 2 to 3 tbsp more water).
  4. Transfer to a greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until set in the center and top is golden brown.
Onion gratin
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Better Than Bouillon baked onion gratin recipe

(From Better Than Bouillon)


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 red onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 cooking onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Organic Seasoned Vegetable Base
  • 1 cup aged Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with half of the butter. Arrange onion slices in the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp cream and flour until smooth. Whisk in remaining cream and Seasoned Vegetable Base; pour over onions.
  3. Sprinkle cheddar and parmesan over top. In a large bowl, using fingertips, cut the remaining butter into bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over top.
  4. Cover with foil; bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil; bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on top.
Wild rice
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Better Than Bouillon creamy mushroom wild rice recipe

(From Better Than Bouillon)


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base
  • 1 cup quick-cooking wild rice blend medley
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan set over medium-high heat; cook mushrooms, onion, and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in wine; bring to boil. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, cream, and Turkey Base.
  2. Bring to a boil; stir in rice medley. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in spinach; cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until rice is tender and saucy and spinach is wilted. Stir in Parmesan.

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Lindsay Parrill
Lindsay is a graduate of California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco, from where she holds a degree in…
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