It’s almost Thanksgiving, ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but it’s my favorite day of the year. I love it because it combines the things I love the most in this world: family (by blood or bond), food, wine, tradition, and gratitude.
If you’re pondering what to add to your menu this year, here are a couple suggestions from blog-posts past.
Thanksgiving Menu 1: Perk up your Turkey with these additions!
- Appetizer: Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside with a little tartness from the cranberries, this Brie en Croute with Curried Cranberry Relish is a nice autumnal upgrade from cheese and crackers.
- Main: I’m all for simple when it comes to any kind of poultry (and entertaining). The Thanksgiving turkey is no exception. We’ve got too many sides and pies to dive into, am I right? Here’s a recipe I’ve used and revisited in the past for its simplicity and perfect seasoning.
- Side: For a lovely veggie roast with a little sweetness from chopped dates and little crunch from Marcona almonds, try this recipe for Roasted Green Beans with Diced Dates, Garlic, and Marcona Almonds
- Side: Layers of beets, creamy goat cheese, and roasted walnuts will turn any non-beet-lover into a beet-lover. Everyone will be asking for this Scalloped Beets recipe.
- Dessert: Like it did when it won the Blue Ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair, Neva Tee’s Carrot Cake is sure to steal the show every time.
Thanksgiving Menu 2: A Non-Tradtional Autumnal Feast
- Appetizer: Nibbles are good to have on your menu, whether you and your guests are imbibing or not.This Roasted Shallot Tart drizzled with Honey- Balsamic Reduction is just the ticket to start the meal off on a highest note.
- Salad: Here’s a lovely, simple salad that gives a nice bitter balance to the rich foods that bookend this menu.
- Main: Want to change things up from the same-old, same-old? Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel is a good way to stray. Even better? You can assemble it ahead of time.
- Dessert: Add a little buttermilk to your pumpkin pie filling to take it to the next level. With just a hint of tartness from the dairy, Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Thanksgiving Menu 3: A Vegetarian Feast
- Starter: Here’s a Kale, Fruit, and Barley Salad that isn’t overly ambitious (for the non-adventurous guests) but super flavorful, and it’s nutritious to boot!
2. Main: Though this Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe takes a little time to prepare, you can easily prep both the squash and the filling a day ahead to cut down on the time you’ll spend in the kitchen the day-of.
3. Dessert: Finish your vegetarian feast with this Cardamom and Plum Crisp. Adding a healthy dollop of whipped cream or a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream will make this even better.
What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving? If it’s the food, what’s your favorite dish? If it’s the drink, what’s your favorite cocktail?
And if we don’t talk about the day itself, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!