With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving, as well as some of my favorite recipes from some fantastic food bloggers. So let’s start with the centerpiece of the meal…the turkey!
If you’re looking to do a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, I always use Alton Brown’s recipe. The brine is perfect and the method always results in a juicy, plump turkey.
I LOVE stuffed things and I find that on the morning after Thanksgiving, I’m eating pecan pie, not leftover turkey! This way I can still have my turkey dinner and not have too much turkey leftover afterward.
For my sides, I usually like to make this Leek Bread Pudding instead of a traditional stuffing. This savory bread pudding is kind of like stuffing, just richer. And Thanksgiving is the one day where it’s completely okay to go richer, right?
I also always do some sort of squash, and I make it just like this Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash. Because really, any squash roasted with maple butter slathered on it is going to be good.
My favorite vegetable to do with Thanksgiving dinner is Green Beans, and I like that these don’t require the oven at all, and they’re pretty quick to put together.
If you’re a fan of cranberry sauce but you’ve never made your own, now is the time! I’m telling you, it’s ridiculously easy, and you can make it ahead of time. I love this Simple and Amazing Cranberry Sauce recipe from Savory Sweet Life.
And now we move on to my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast…dessert!
Every year, no matter what, I always make this Pumpkin Chip Gingersnap Cookie Ice Cream. What’s great is it can be made in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it when the cooking craze really begins!
For a new dessert this year, I’m going to try these Spiced Apple Cider Blondies from Bake Your Day. I LOVE blondies and am totally intrigued by this spiced apple cider spin!
This year for Thanksgiving I am also TOTALLY making these Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Orange Glaze from Daisy’s World. The photo literally makes my mouth water. And actually I might just make them before Thanksgiving too! You know, just to make sure they’re okay
Continuing the pumpkin fest, if you’ve never had a whoopie pie, it’s like a cross between a cake and a cookie, and I have a Thanksgiving themed recipe here: Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Filling
I made the whoopee pies last year though, and plan to make this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache from Averie Cooks instead. Averie said it’s AMAZING and by the looks of the photos, I’m pretty sure she’s right.
My friend Lauren made them last year and admitted that she ate them ALL herself. They’re that good. Make them, I tell you!
And if you’re feeling like a Thanksgiving encore for breakfast the next morning, this Apple Pie Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts looks SO delicious. It’s COVERED in chocolate chip streusel!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes below with everyone in the comments section. Have fun planning your menus!