One of my all-time favorite meals to prepare, Thanksgiving dinner is a great time to mix the old with the new ~ recipes, that is. We all have our tried and true favorites when it comes to stuffing, potatoes and pie, but I like to shake things up every now and then. Here are some of my favorites; perhaps you will be inspired to try something new! But, before we go there, let me spend a moment being thankful for our followers, supporters, family and friends. Okay. I’m ready now.
- If you are looking for small bites to have around for cocktails, try white bean tapenade, spinach puffs, roasted grapes with cheese and crackers, or quick pickled vegetables.
- I love a brined and grilled turkey, not only for the flavor, but also for the empty oven!
- Soup is a nice way to start the meal or just nice to have around for house guests. Seasonal favorites include butternut apple bisque or pumpkin-peanut soup.
- This spiced pumpkin, lentil and goat cheese salad is delicious and different, or you can go totally delicious and old-school with broccoli apple salad. I am making this kale salad with apple and spiced pecans. Again.
- Rosemary mashed sweet potatoes with shallots have been a hit in years past, as have these olive oil mashed potatoes with spinach and basil.
- Spaghetti squash, warm corn salad, and butternut squash with wild rice and sage make great side dishes.
- Maple corn bread and spiced pumpkin dinner rolls are naturals for your bread basket.
- I also like to make this cranberry nut bread, which is a family favorite. A delicious breakfast bread, it makes a great hostess gift and freezes well.
- I haven’t posted a recipe for my pumpkin crumble pie yet (!?), but you probably have a recipe of your own. Looking for something different? Make these salted pumpkin caramels. Such a sweet ending.
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