So as I sat down to write up this list of Thanksgiving Menu ideas for you guys, I asked my brother Nathan what goes on the table. Here’s his answer, verbatim:
cranberry sauce FROM A CAN, any other sauce must only be in addition to this.
“Those are all the requisites. Everything else is in addition.”
I like the 8 pies part especially.
(And about the cranberry sauce from a can, as kids Nate and I loved this neatly sliced gelatinous delicacy so much that one time we saw it at the salad bar at Home Town Buffet and PILED it on our plates only to find out that they were actually beets.)
Some of you have been asking what I’m making for Thanksgiving this year so I thought I would share. Of course I’m not making all of these, but I will be making many of them! We are hosting for the first time this year. (!!!)
Come back on Saturday for an awesome MAKE AHEAD roasted veggie side dish (UPDATE: Here’s the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts), and on Monday for the perfect last minute cranberry sauce/leftover turkey sandwich sauce. (UPDATE: Here’s the recipe for 2 Ingredient Creamy Cranberry Sauce.) It’s a game changer. (But only in addition to the canned variety, apparently.) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
You can click on the link or click on the picture to get to the recipe.
Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizers: You could replace strawberries with something more seasonal: pears come to mind.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes: wrap and bake. Easy.
Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites: These are so pretty!
Goat Cheese, Pesto, and Sun-Dried Tomato Terrine: (I LOVE this one)
And here’s this Easy Appetizer Round Up if you need more ideas:
Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey: This is the one I’m making on Thursday!
Apple Cider Brined Turkey: Soooo gooood!
Classic, straight from my own dear mother Mashed Potatoes from Heaven:
CRANBERRY SAUCE is Boss.
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce: (I will probably never make any other sauce. I mean, besides buying the can.)
I think stuffing is a total waste of Thanksgiving plate space. I have zero stuffing recipes posted. Send me your recipe if you have one you swear by and maybe I will try it out. But for all you soggy-bread lovers, here are some mean lookin’ recipes from friends:
Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing from FoodieCrush
Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffing from The Cookie Rookie
Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing from What Gaby’s Cooking
Cornbread Stuffing with Andouille Sausage from Crazy for Crust
Pizza Stuffing from Taste and Tell <<< now we’re talkin.
ROLLS (Nate forgot to put rolls on his list up there. When I called him on it he said, “meh, only necessary for leftovers.” WHAT. NO THEY’RE NOT.
Samoan Coconut Rolls: (this sounds not very Thanksgiving-y, but I swear, it works.)
Big Fat Crescent Rolls, Yeah. << of course there’s a story behind this title.
Here’s what you should put on your rolls: Cinnamon Honey Butter
EAT YO VEGGIES:
Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds: (I make this every year!)
Orange Olive Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette: (I don’t like most of the ingredients in this salad, yet somehow I love it.)
DESSERTS: (Forgive me, I can’t stop myself.)