Not Sure What to Serve this Thanksgiving … A Few Fall Favorites

my tablePerhaps the Thanksgiving menu is a no-brainer at your house. Year in and year out, decade in and decade out; the menu never changes. Just in case you’d like to try something new this year or can’t find a favorite recipe, here are a few suggestions!

To Start … How about: 

A duo of crostini … Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini and Roasted Mushrooms with Pancetta & Fontina Crostini.

Or something from the sea … Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli or Smoked Salmon Mousse.

Add a few nuts … Sugar & Spice Pecans or Roasted Almonds.

And, of course, you’ll want something to sip … Kir Royales for the adults and Hot Mulled Cider for the kids.

What Will It Be – Soup or Salad or Both?

Try one of my favorite autumnal soups … Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Soupe de Poisson Provençal (Fish Soup Provençal) or Wild Mushroom Soup.

A salad is always nice, how about … Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes, Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad, Butternut Squash Salad or Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms?

It’s Got to be Turkey

At the center of it all … Roast Turkey with My Mom’s Stuffing & Giblet Gravy with Cranberry Sauce.

How to Narrow Down the Endless Sides?

Try a one dish wonder with … Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard.

Or choose one, possibly two or three, from a cast of thousands … Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes or Broccoli Purée or Broccoli Rabe with Garlic, Pepper & Lemon or Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions or Roasted Butternut Squash or Roasted Carrots with Pearl Onions and/or Roasted Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions !?!

And you’ll need a few spuds … Decadent Cheesy Potatoes or Smashed Potatoes or Lemon Roasted Potatoes are all good choices.

As I understand it, if you’re from the South, you’ll want Mac & Cheese … Decadent Mac & Cheese or Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon or even Lobster Mac & Cheese. (Historians report that, while turkey was not on the menu at the first Thanksgiving, lobster most certainly was.)

I’m thinking of keeping it very simple (if my family will let me) … with no stuffing, no spuds just Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto or Wild Mushroom Risotto and Stir-fried Leafy Greens.

If you have a vegetarian at your table, you might want to make up a batch of Autumn Vegetable Chili.

Are You Most Thankful for the Sweet Treats?

When it comes to dessert, Thanksgiving can only mean two things, apples or pumpkin … Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin & Spice Cookies or Pumpkin Cupcakes will cover the pumpkin side.

And apples? Apple Bread Pudding or Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp or French Apple Croustade or Rustic Apple Tart.   

Maybe you’d like to try something cool and creamy … Ginger Crème Brûlée, Maple Mousse with Apple Compote or White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle. Is it time for something new at your house?

What to Do with the Leftovers or How Many Turkey Sandwiches Can You Eat?

When it’s time for a change … Black Friday Penne Gratin (with Turkey, Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach) or Turkey & Vegetable Stir-Fry or Spicy Turkey Noodle Soup or Curried Thai Soup with Noodles or Turkey Noodle Soup with Spinach.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and bon appétit!

How is your Thanksgiving menu shaping up? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2013


5 thoughts on “Not Sure What to Serve this Thanksgiving … A Few Fall Favorites

    • Thanks Linda … lucky you – if my family had their way I’d be serving the dinner my grandmothers’ cooked in 1960! I’ve brought about a few changes but in small steps! Luckily – most of them have been a hit. Have a great holiday – S.


  1. Great ideas! And since the first night of Hanukka is also Thanksgiving this year (Thanksgivukka), I’m planning on sweet potato pancakes with either zucchini or brussel sprouts shredded inside. The purist in me however will have to do mashed yukon gold anyway!


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