Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

We all have Thanksgiving on the mind. Some of us can’t wait for a few days off, others lie awake in anticipation of the feast. Then there are those of us who plan the meals, dress the table, and do the dishes after everyone leaves. The few days before the big day we quietly gather our recipes, clean our fridges, and wash the linens as we wait for our guests to arrive.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to cook for. My recipes are full of seasonal favorites and classic unfussy staples. I can’t really say I ever use recipes on Thanksgiving. I just go with what I know. They are recipes that are standbys and past down traditions. I usually incorporate a new recipe into the mix each year. Below are a few recipes I have been eyeing to add to my repertoire. I’m thinking I might try Herbed Potato Gratin with Roasted Garlic and Manchego rather then regular mashed potatoes. I always make a pumpkin pie but it’s nice to have another option. How about Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping? Ok it’s still pumpkin but it sounds so good. Maybe we will cancel the pie and go for the cheesecake!

Goat Cheese–Stuffed Mushrooms with Bread Crumbs

Pumpkin Dip

Dried Cranberry, Apricot, and Fig Stuffing

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping

Sherried Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Black Velvet Cocktail: Champagne and Stout

Herbed Potato Gratin with Roasted Garlic and Manchego

Sautéed Carrots with Lemon and Marjoram

Baked Brie with Pecans
Brussels Sprouts with Vinegar-Glazed Red Onions

Butternut Squash-Polenta Gratin

Mini Cranberry Meringue Pie

Pear and Sour Cherry Flat Pie


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