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 …


Mixed Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash
Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms
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 …

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup
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
Giblet Gravy

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

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

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