Here’s a few ideas just to get you started with this year’s Thanksgiving menu. I hope this will encourage you to try something new. That one new recipe just might end up being a new family tradition.
So each year try to step outside the box and spread those wings.
The worse that can happen is, they’ll become one of those family stories that keep coming up, year, after year, after year, after …oh you get it, and so what… laughter keeps the wrinkles away! So fly girl…fly.
For Starters – Appetizers:
Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip
Made with a blend of the obvious ( garlic, bacon and spinach,) and some fresh shaved parmesan cheese. This is one dip you can count on being a hit with all your guests. Include some celery, carrots and peppers, for those who insist on counting calories on this big day, along with some crackers. This just might be the new one to try.
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms – Okay, so they’ve been around for awhile…but guess what…that means they’re just about everyone’s favorite . But these little guys are filled with crabmeat, cream cheese and mozzarella which make them even more addictive! An easy do ahead recipe.
Made with a combination of cranberry juice and grape raspberry concentrate. Serve in your favorite punch bowl for guests to serve themselves, then stir gently with a cinnamon stick …how refreshing is this! The punch bowl will make it easy for the children to help themselves too, to give it a try click here.
While we’re on the subject of beverages, let’s take a break and get a nice glass full of our favorite…I’ll meet you back here in 5..and then we’ll continue and be more relaxed while holiday talking (oops sorry I got back before you…that should read…while talking about the holidays).
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup– With just a hint of that smoky bacon flavor blended with the robust flavor of the squash, this recipeis an ideal introduction to that luscious turkey.
Savory Herb-Baked Turkey
This recipe calls for a 20 lb. turkey, which can feed a crowd of 10-12 people. With a nice blend of seasonings to add some zip, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Try adding some of the spices that your family enjoys the most.
Turkey Pan Gravy
Turkey without the gravy ! It’s like peanut butter without jelly, french fries without ketchup……..good grief it just can’t happen !!! So here’s arecipe to avoid the crisis.
Side Dishes – This is where you can go a little crazy. Side dishes are like putting an outfit together, sure add a plain blouse, necklace, jacket and earrings and you’re done.
But wait…what if you mixed a nice print blouse with a pin striped jacket and bold colored pants or skirt with a silk scarf to match and some statement earrings? And let’s not forget some really sharp looking pumps or heels…see where I’m going with this ? So here’s just a few sides you may want to consider.
Herb Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing
Stuffing, another staple of the Thanksgiving dinner. With a gazillion ways of preparing it, it’s a struggle to decide …should I stick with the old safe method or should I go off the chart ? This one includes some favorites like mushrooms, sage and thyme for a tasty blend of flavors. Click here to check this recipe out.
Cranberry Sauce Homemade fresh cranberry sauce, either you love it or hate it. But if you’ve never tried it you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl. Try adding some spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest…but for the recipe click here.
Broccoli Salad Recipe
Served cold, this recipe has a nice refreshing unexpected zip.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes…what more can you say. They’re the ultimate when it comes to comfort food and make the perfect gravy boat. Check out this recipe, it has the surprise ingredient to make them even more special.
Orange Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
Not only are these gorgeous and full of flavor with an unexpected twist, they’re smart too. They can cook all by themselves…okay so they go into the slow cooker…and that can save you some much needed stove space on the big day. You can find the recipe here.