Friday, November 17, 2017

30 Thanksgiving Favorites from our Colorado Home to Yours


Thanksgiving is getting close and because it isn't at my house this year, I will miss making some of my favorites. Manservant and I will probably still conjure up a few of our faves like tamale stuffing and maybe we'll even smoke a turkey breast, because personally one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is being blessed with leftovers. We love leftovers in our house! I've never shared all of my favorite foods for Thanksgiving, so like someone says, there is no time like the present. Maybe you will find a new favorite here, or a new way to make one of yours, whatever it may be I wish you a great holiday with lots of family, lots of food, and lots of blessings. This is the time to be grateful.

The morning of:
I don't know about you but I don't usually want everyone in the kitchen while I'm finishing up for the Thanksgiving meal. Though I don't always get my wish (check this post on shakshuka out) I do try to put out a few things that can be taken into the den while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. These Maple Glazed Scones definitely work!


If you need something a little more filling and also seasonal this Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal will surely keep everyone full until dinnertime. Just mix it up and bake it in a dish.


Appetizers:

I admit I have a weak spot for appetizers. I usually serve too many. And then you know what happens...everyone gets full and can't eat the main meal. But Thanksgiving is the holiday of gluttony so just maybe it's OKay for once.

Our table always includes an artichoke dip. I think my mom's Artichoke Dip is made for Thanksgiving. Three ingredients plus dippers and you are done. After all on Thanksgiving we need to keep some things simple. Artichoke dip has been on my table since I was probably 10 years old and there is no need to replace it now!


From Artichoke Dip to Onion Dip, well I couldn't leave this one out! I do love the kind from the container in the refrigerator section but OMG, this one is my all time favorite. Pass the potato chips!


So enough dips. Pimento Cheese is always a winner and this spicy-but not too spicy-version is always a hit!


Of course there are plenty more to choose from under my Recipes tab up above. There are things like pumpkin hummus and lemon thyme crackers  and last but not least my sweet and spicy caramel corn. I think this is enough to get you started and not make you too full!

Another option besides lots of appetizers is starting with a more elegant bowl of soup. This pumpkin chipotle soup is a winner and super simple to make!


 I don't have a turkey recipe to supply you with but there are recipes galore all over the web. Turkey can kind of make me crazy because there are so many ways to make it. To tell you the truth, I've never made a turkey in the oven. My dad passed on the secrets of smoking a turkey many years ago to Manservant and therefore it is one thing I don't worry about on Thanksgiving. He smokes a mighty fine turkey and maybe one day I'll write it down for you! In the meantime I can tell you that this savoury turkey pie is a crowd pleaser and is really simple to make. Complete with cranberries and sweet potatoes in the luscious layers this is a great alternative to a big bird!

But on to the more important things...like side dishes. I prefer to think of them as front and center because personally I like them better than turkey. Though I must admit that cranberries do taste mighty good with a bite of turkey in the mouth! The all time family favorite is this frozen cranberry mold. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without these. Sometimes I make them in little muffin molds for individual servings. However you make them, these are a winner!


If you want cranberries that have oranges then I would make these. Still a bit out of the ordinary and still a family pleaser, plus it gives something light to a heavy meal. These candied jewels of cranberries and caramelized oranges work as both a side dish and also are perfect for a light dessert. Top a poundcake with these or even tomorrow morning's yogurt.


And then there are the more traditional cranberries. These store bought cranberries are spiked with a bit of tequila and orange bitters which make these awesome with a smoked turkey and a sandwich. 


Cheesy Baked Pineapple is a weird sounding side dish but I promise it is good. Many like it with ham, but since I'm not a ham eater I eat this with turkey! 


Now onto potatoes. You can't go wrong with mashed and though I don't have a recipe on the blog just remember your milk, cream and butter should be warm when you mix them into the warm potatoes. Another option, and a decadent one is this scalloped truffle potato casserole.  Not being gravy folks we always loved this!


My pommes anna recipe would also be fun to serve not only because it tastes good, but because who doesn't love their own stack of potatoes?


Another twist instead of potatoes might be this squash dish. I love squash and this silky smooth puree with browned butter and crispy sage leaves is outstanding.

A new classic is this toasted quinoa, dates and pumpkin mixture that I threw together last year. Love the toasted quinoa and besides this looks so pretty, doesn't it?


I don't have a sweet potato recipe either though Manservant always loves to resort back to his upbringing and claims the kind topped with marshmallows are the best. I prefer a brown sugar cinnamon and pecan version but this one has both.

Bread is kind of a no brainer. I have a great recipe for whipped cream biscuits. Yeah, these are great! However in my family we fight for the last one of these gorgeous maple challah rolls. These are glorious and also make perfect little slider buns for turkey leftovers.


Now on to some healthy things like salad. I know not everyone eats salad on Thanksgiving but personally I like the idea of something besides a hot veggie. Check out this farro and kale salad with a browned butter vinaigrette. This one can tolerate sitting on the buffet for awhile without getting soggy which makes this perfect for any party.



After posting 435 recipes on this blog I can assure you that there are many more delectable dishes to grace your table with. Don't forget to check out my recipes tab and scroll on down. And if you need suggestions just drop me a note. I promise I'll respond.

So that leaves the best for last. We can't finish without dessert. I just gave you a little bite in the form of maple glazed cookies. Then there are these decadent maple chomeur puddings and this maple pecan cream cheese pound cake that I can't get enough of!  Let's continue please! Instead of pecan pie I always make these little shortbread walnut or pecan bars. Trust me this is so the way to go! And for pies? I always have to have something chocolate so sometimes we do this. Yes chocolate and oatmeal go together very well.



And if you haven't had enough cranberries this cranberry crostata is easy to make and tastes good too! But you know that already right?



If you want something pumpkin, these pumpkin butter bars are like way better than pie. Just sayin'!


So I think that about covers it. I guess by next year I should add a few standards that are missing.  Hopefully however, these suggestions will help you create some new food traditions for your favorite folks. Check out my recipes tab and as usual I am always grateful when you share my recipes on social media. I am a small little blogger and do what I can to get the word out!

Thanks for reading and being such great friends. I am very thankful for all of you!

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