Countdown to Thanksgiving Day 2018
A Classic Thanksgiving Menu
Thanksgiving is all about tradition. Sure, you can have a lot of fun experimenting with unusual flavors. You can take a bold risk and be a complete non-conformist. Your guests will smile and compliment your creation. You’ll feel like a gourmet genius.
But the truth is, we all crave the nostalgia and familiarity of our favorite dishes on Thanksgiving. The classics: Roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing (or dressing if you like), and all of the trimmings… that’s what everybody wants!
All families have their traditions… ours does too. We’re sharing our tried and true all-star menu that pleases every time.
This is one of the juiciest, most flavorful turkey recipes ever. Period. The fresh herb butter combined with the basting creates a gravy base that is absolutely heavenly. We build delightful turkey sliders with leftovers… drizzling this gravy over turkey and stuffing inside a dinner roll.
Technically, this dish should be called a “dressing,” because it is baked separately from the turkey. And we do recommend you cook it separate of the bird. But we just like the word “stuffing.” So there.
This medley of spices, herbs, cornbread, and sweet Italian sausage make for an incredible dish. For a sweet and savory vegetarian variety, substitute cubed, raw, green apples and vegetable stock. This dish can be prepared 1 day ahead and then baked on the day you’re ready to serve it. Let the casserole come to room temperature before placing in the oven.
The heirloom carrot is as delicious as it is beautiful. Using a quick cook blanching method retains their vibrant color and tender-crisp bite. If you like a softer carrot with more cook time, choose traditional orange carrots for the recipe.
The nutty sweetness of browned butter compliments these sprouts perfectly. We go a step further in this recipe, adding a hint of fresh garlic and smoky bacon. But if you’re a vegetarian, you can leave the bacon and drippings step out. For a sweeter flavor profile, drizzle our easy Balsamic Glaze over the sprouts before serving.
Truffle salt makes these scrumptious whipped potatoes truly special. We like to use russets in this recipe for a fluffy consistency. For extra decadence and a dramatic presentation, finish the top of hot whipped potatoes with black truffle butter.
This wine-country twist on a Thanksgiving classic takes cranberry sauce to another level. We used a local Zinfandel Port for this recipe. And might we say, it is delightful! The candied pecans add texture, with a sweet crunch complimenting the tartness of the cranberries.
Green Beans Amandine is an easy and elegant vegetable side dish. Blanch your beans in advance for a quick semi-make-ahead shortcut. The crisp crunch of the beans and earthy toasted almonds will leave your guests wanting more!
Soups + Salads
Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of Butternut Squash Soup during the fall. This slightly sweet and savory version is divine. And easy, with a good blender.
The peppery bite of arugula enlivens any salad. Pair it with the sweetness of seasonal pears, candied nuts… and the lightness of goat cheese with our champagne vinaigrette… wait, WOW! Our Arugula Pear Salad with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese may not be the quickest recipe… but it’s so worth the time.
Condiments + Pre-Dinner Snacks
In just 5 minutes, make a comforting compound butter with a hint of sweetness and phenomenal fall flavor. It pairs perfectly with spicy dishes, savory baked goods, fruits and fall vegetables.
These nuts are the perfect nibble at a cocktail party. They also work beautifully sprinkled on salads. Need an easy, festive and inexpensive hostess or teacher gift at the holidays? Fill a mason jar, deliver and delight!
This homemade dinner rolls recipe is as easy as it is delicious. While it doesn’t technically qualify as a “quick bread,” or a “no rise” roll recipe, the dough is quick to prepare. There are only 5 minutes of kneading time and 45 minutes of total rising time.
Just like Grandma used to make. Make her proud!
No Thanksgiving menu is complete without a good pumpkin pie recipe. We all have our favorite “OTT” dish for the day… (other than turkey). But there’s nothing that says fall quite like pumpkin pie.