Three Menus (& the Recipes) for a Delicious Thanksgiving

stirring_the_potThanksgiving means a lot of things. It is a wonderful time to celebrate family and friends. It is also a time to celebrate delicious food traditions.

I’m off to a friendsgiving potluck this year. If you are too, here are some suggestions of what to bring.

If you’re staying home and cooking for loved ones … I’ve put together three great menus to help you make it through the feast of feasts in one piece. Feel free to use one in its entirety, pick and choose or mix and match.

Whatever you cook this Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!

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Traditional New England Fare with a Contemporary Twist
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To Start
Butternut Squash Soup
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The Main Event
Roast Turkey with Mom’s (or your Mom’s) Stuffing and Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes
(It’s not green bean casserole – it’s much, much better)
Mashed Potatoes
(Of course!)
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A traditional Thanksgiving seems to cry out for a multitude of desserts!
Apple Crisp with Cranberry Coulis
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie

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Five Course French Bistro Dinner
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Entrée – To Start
Wild Mushroom Soup
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Plat Principal – The Main Event
Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy with
Savory Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Bread Pudding & Cranberry Sauce
A delightful casserole of White Beans Provençal with Bacon & Baby Kale
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La Salade – Salad
Arugula with Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese

Fromage – Cheese
A Beautiful Platter of Artisanal Cheeses with Bread & Crackers Platter
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Dessert – A Duo of Mousse
Pumpkin-Ginger Mousse
Maple Mousse with Apple Compote

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A Rustic Harvest Feast Italian Style
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Aperitivo – To Nibble with Cocktails
Roasted Almonds

Antipasto – To Start
Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction
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Primo – The First Course
Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash
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Secondo – The Second Course
Roast Turkey with Giblet Sauce, Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing &
Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Carrots & Pearl Onions
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
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Insalata – Salad
Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad
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Formaggi e frutta – Cheese & Fruit
A beautiful platter of artisanal cheeses, preferably Italian, and fresh fruit
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Dolce – Sweets
Tiramisu
Rustic Apple Tart

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Bon appétit! * Buon Appetito! * Happy Thanksgiving!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click here or Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2016

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