Are you looking for those perfect Thanksgiving recipes? Maybe you want to change up tradition just a little bit? Try something new? Or stick to the tried and true favourites that have been part of your past? Here are some of my best ideas for making your feast memorable.
We've braved several snowstorms already, killing frosts have finished off the garden, and the Canada geese are filling the skies with their honking and ragged V's trailing toward the south.
Fall has definitely arrived here in the north, and we can feel the nip of winter breathing down its russet-hued neck. This weekend we will celebrate the harvest (much of which is still lying sodden in the fields) and be thankful for all the blessings in our lives.
I hope you are sharing this special time of year with loved ones. Our Thanksgiving feast will be small. Three of our flock (of four) are nested in sunnier climes southward, so we will be giving thanks and thinking of them.
And I want to extend a warm thank-you to YOU, all my wonderful readers, for stopping by to browse, and visit, and show your support. You are what makes my time here so worthwhile.
I've rounded up a selection of Thanksgiving recipes for you. Enjoy your holiday!
Start your feast by passing around glasses of this special Hot Spiced Apple Cider:
Then, of course, there's that big, beautiful bird. And here's a recipe for a fantastic gravy. It's a showstopper. Maple Mustard Glazed Turkey with Killer Gravy.
Along with that moist and juicy turkey, you might want a twist on the traditional cranberry sauce: Spiced Pear Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Honey.
Or try something totally different and go for these curried peaches with dried cranberries in a luscious, sweet, mildly curried sauce. They're absolutely fantastic with a baked ham, too: Hot Curried Peaches.
You might want to pour that killer gravy all over these creamy, cheesy Lentil Mashed Potatoes:
or slather it on these Parsnip Mashed Potatoes:
You may want to forego the turkey altogether and go for this light and elegant Roman dish of Chicken Breasts in Orange Sauce (sometimes it's just too much to deal with the whole turkey thing):
But if your crew won't stand for messing with tradition and you are doing that whole delicious turkey thing, you'll need some equally special side dishes to go along with it. How about these elegant Apple Cider Glazed Carrots?
Replace that old green bean casserole with these Garlicky Green Beans with Spinach and Toasted Hazelnuts for some WOW factor:
Sweet Corn Pudding is always an absolute hit whenever I serve it: creamy golden corn heaven.
How about a special salad? This one is worthy of a Thanksgiving feast: Kale Salad with Cranberries, Pear, and Sesame Seeds.
Or this beautiful jewel: Festive Poppyseed, Pomegranate and Pear Salad.
Or maybe you'd like something more substantial? This Balsamic, Basil Beet Salad is unforgettable.
To go with all that deliciousness, how about some Light and Flaky Biscuits?
After all that feasting you'll need a bit of a break. Take your crew out for a beautiful autumn walk. Then come back and serve them a sweet finale as you count your many blessings again. You can go the traditional route with pumpkin pie. This version is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free, but you'd never know it. It's a smooth, creamy, subtly spiced, delicious Pumpkin Pie.
Try serving it with this silky Maple Ginger Cashew Cream instead of whipped cream for a novel and delectable variation (good for dairy allergies, too).
If you're feeding a bigger crew, or want an easier version (with a cheater crust technique), this Simple Pumpkin Slab Pie is a crowd pleaser (and it's gluten free, too).
Or you might want to offer two different pies. How about a luscious Lemon Meringue Pie?
This autumn flavoured Ginger Pear Tart is a great option for a fruity pie.
Or if making a whole pie doesn't appeal to you, these fancy little Jam Tarts look elegant, taste amazing, and are easy, easy, easy to whip up.
What a lot to be thankful for. We are truly blessed.
I wish you all a very special Thanksgiving shared with loved ones.
Margaret, the Kitchen Frau
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And for when the feasting is done, here are a few recipes using leftover turkey:
Thanks for all of the suggestions. Looking forward to trying out that cranberry sauce and apple cider. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Meredith. Wishing you both a wonderful weekend!
Hi my dear friend,
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.
lots of love The MacLeods.
I love your blog.
Wishing you all a very special and happy Thanksgiving with good family times and some delicious feasting. I have a lot to be thankful for, and one of them is such great, supportive friends like you. Cheers!
The cranberry sauce is delicious! Just made some for tomorrow.
So glad you liked it! I made a batch for us for today, too 🙂