To get us in the mood for Turkey Day – but let’s be honest here I don’t need to be put in the mood for a day full of glorious carbs that don’t count (shhh…don’t tell Tony H.) – I thought we’d pull together a collection of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. So here’s what may or may not be on our table this year…
The Big T – The Turkey:
We’ve gone brine and we’re never going back.
The best turkey we’ve EVER made. Seriously. Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey
Dressing / Stuffing – Whatever you call, I’ll eat it:
I make a version of Paula Deen’s Southern Cornbread Stuffing – I will share my recipe someday.
Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes:
Classic Mashed Potatoes. Nothing beats my mom’s potatoes (she actually whips hers) and Thanksgiving is not complete without them. She knows she has to make them just for me. Russets make the best, although Yukon Gold’s are creeping up there. Either one would be an excellent choice.
Hashbrown Casserole. There are members of my family who cannot have Thanksgiving without a version of this ubiquitous potato casserole topped with corn flakes. And hey, if it’s a potato, it’s a potato and I’m gonna eat it. 🙂 Gooey hash browns covered in cheese, butter and corn flakey goodness, baked to perfection? Sign me up!
Perfect Praline Sweet Potato Casserole. I shared this with you guys last week. It’s comforting and classic, but unique enough to call our own.
All the Other Sides aka something green to keep Tony Horton away:
Our Braised Sprouts. Not Your Momma’s Brussels Sprouts.
This roasted Acorn Squash – saw it in the November issue of Southern Living and mom said make that. Cane Syrup-Glazed Acorn Squash.
Julia Child’s Spinach. Because Julia. Best Baked Spinach.
Accouterments aka sauce and gravy:
The Cranberries (no, not the band – although how cool would that be to have The Cranberries at your Thanksgiving table). Always always a must. Never a doubt. In fact, we quadruple the recipe because my sister demands leftovers.
Apple Cider Gravy. Sorry to you traditional gravy snobs whose go to is giblet gravy with hard-boiled eggs (which I never ever had until Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law and I asked what in the heck she was doing putting eggs in the gravy), but I actually prefer the flavorful apple cider version.
Bread – to sop up gravy
Classic Parker House yeast rolls are my favorite, but my uncle thinks a Thanksgiving table isn’t complete without some Sister Shubert rolls (a close second to homemade because they are so good and so easy). This recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli was great and made a ton for us to take to our 4 Thanksgiving meals.
Desserts – the BEST part:
Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel. The pie to end all pies. It’s the best of both worlds when you love pumpin and pecan pie, but feel guilty having a slice of each. We actually talked about this pie here. And yes, I am making it again this year.
Cheesecake. The hubs – he cannot go a year without adorning one Thanksgiving table with a cheesecake of sorts. We’ve made Pumpkin-Pecan with a Praline topping. We’ve made Pumpkin with Chocolate sauce and Bourbon whipped cream. We’ve made New York Style with a layer of actual pumpkin pie – the hubs’ creation.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. These are always a HUGE hit. Everyone loves them. Everyone.
Those are just a smattering of our faves I wanted to share, but we still love the classics like broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, corn souffle and deviled eggs! What will be at