Thanksgiving Special – What to Cook?

Whether you are cooking the entire meal or bringing a dish to a pot luck, it’s time to figure out what to cook for Thanksgiving. If you’re good with the dishes you grew up with … well, you’re all set.

But maybe you’ve grown tired of some or all of those tried and true dishes. If that’s the case, dump the green bean casserole; forget the sweet potatoes with marshmallows and … read on.

Start with …

.

Salad
Mixed Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash
or
Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms
or
Crunch Salad with Apples & Grape

Salad is great on a warm, sunny Thanksgiving afternoon. However, if it’s chilly where you live, you can’t beat a cozy …

Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
or
Wild Mushroom Soup
or
Roasted Tomato Soup with Corn

On to the main event … What will you serve with the turkey? You’ll need a few flavorful side dishes to complement your big, beautiful bird! Yes, you need …
Cranberry Sauce
and
Giblet Gravy

But what about veggies? How about …
Broccoli Puree
or
Roasted Butternut Squash
or
Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions
or
Roasted Carrots & Pearl Onions
or
Braised Red Cabbage
or
Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes

And you’ll need some spuds … maybe …
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
or
Decadent Cheesy Potatoes
or
Smashed Potatoes

And finally, something sweet …
Rustic Apple Croustade
or
Rustic Apple Tart
or
Apple Bread Pudding
or
Apple Crisp with Cranberry Coulis
or
Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie
or
Pumpkin Cheesecake
or
Pumpkin Cupcakes
or
White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle

Want more? I’ve posted my Thanksgiving menu for you to try. However, just because my traditional New England family wants a traditional feast doesn’t mean you can’t be more continental. When I live in Switzerland, I kept a foot in both continents and served a Five Course Dinner with a Little French Flare. Now, if I wasn’t going with tradition, I would probably cook up a Rustic Italian Feast.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and bon appétit!

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

I invite you to take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012

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