With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, it’s time to think menu. For some families it’s easy; the dinner hasn’t changed in thirty-five years. Okay, let’s be honest, it hasn’t changed in fifty or sixty years.
However, if you don’t mind a little change in your life, here are a few thoughts for your harvest feast:
To start. Let family and friends gather around the fire or outside with a football. Chat, laugh and reconnect … and enjoy a nibble or two. A duo of crostini works for me. How about Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini and Mushroom Crostini. For a sweet and savory treat, try my Gorgonzola & Walnut Shortbread with Savory Fig Jam.
To sip with your nibbles, how about some Mulled Cider (spiked or not) or enjoy a glass of Prosecco .
No need to hurry. Thanksgiving is a marathon feast, not a sprint. When you are ready, settle down to the table for a first course. The always good, traditional choice would be Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or one of my favorites, Wild Mushroom Soup. Unless you’d like to spice things up with some Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
Unless you’d rather have a salad … what could be more Thanksgiving-ish than Mixed Greens with Warm Roasted Squash. Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad or Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes are also excellent choices.
Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without turkey but what about stuffing? Perhaps you’ll go withRoast Turkey with My Mom’s Stuffing & Giblet Gravy. Given the choice, I’d go with Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing.
And then, it’s sides and more sides. I like to stay seasonal with some of my favorite fall vegetables. For a little color, how about Broccoli Puree, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions or Braised Red Cabbage. And maybe add some Roasted Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions. Of course there must be spuds … Mashed Potatoes , Decadent Cheesy Potatoes or Lemon Roasted Potatoes are all good choices.
Before you know it, it will be time to end the evening – on a sweet note of course. The favorite at my house is Pumpkin Cheesecake. And you’ll need something with apples as well. Maybe a delicious Rustic Apple Croustade or, great for a crowd, Apple Crisp. And for fun, send everyone home with a Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pie.
Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving tips! Bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2014