I’ve had a few people ask me for some thanksgiving day worthy recipe recommendations and thought it may be helpful to post links to the recipes that are in my repertoire all in one spot. With all the recipes floating around online, it’s nice to be able to pinpoint ones that have been tested (and tasted) and given the stamp of approval;)
I’m a big believer that brining a turkey makes all the difference. It pretty much ensures a juicy bird.
This recipe from Alton Brown is a good basic brine.
You all know how much I love Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) and I find that a lot of my go-to thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of her. The most important recipe of the day is this one. You can substitute the herbs to your preference, but I can honestly say that this makes the perfect turkey (especially if you brine it first!)
A good gravy is another very important accompaniment to your perfectly brined and roasted turkey. Even though this recipe is super decedent..the cognac and cream (and butter) are worthy of a turkey day splurge (plus, you only use a little, right??)
Of course I think this recipe for dressing/stuffing is pretty great.
The only cranberry sauce you will see on my thanksgiving table.
This Martha Stewart recipe for dinner rolls has quickly become a Thanksgiving staple.
This year we will be adding a couple new veggie side dishes to our spread. Both were featured at our thanksgiving themed dinner club in October. These brussel sprouts were so good I licked my and my dining neighbor’s plate clean of these. And green beans are a classic thanksgiving side dish, but these with shiitake mushrooms, change up the dish enough to feel like you are adding something new.
Also part of of spread are always mashed potatoes and a sweet potato dish that involves apple and raisins and that my mother-in-law has been making forever. This potato recipe is very basic, which with all the other fancy dishes gracing the table is perfect. It is another rich side, so if you are looking to save some calories you can replace the heavy cream with half & half or whole milk or a combination of the two. I personally can’t bring myself to put cream in my potatoes when there are lots of desserts to be had later!
I have made all these recipes before and can vouch for their deliciousness. We always have at least three dessert options and this year I’ll be making a chocolate tart, pumpkin pie and apple crisp
Some other tried and true sweets are:
And actually think I will end up making this version of a crisp instead since I will have leftover cranberries from my sauce…
Hopefully this has given you some answers to the “what to make” question. If there are other recipes you are looking for or have any questions, post in the comments section, and I will be sure to respond.