A Friendsgiving Potluck Special

gnarly_gourdsAre you going to a potluck this Thanksgiving? Or maybe you’re hosting one? If you’re the host, your job is more or less set. You’re in charge of the turkey and stuffing … and don’t foret the Cranberry Sauce!

If you’re a guest, well, now would be a good time to figure out what to bring … and clear it with your host. Then again, if you’re the host, it’s nice to have a list of possibilities handy when people start to call and ask, “What do you need?” So, here we go … from soup to nuts … here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving and fall dishes to share with family and friends next week:

We’ll start with a few great Thanksgiving appetizers: First, there are the one or two bite wonders:
Butternut Squash Tartlets
Greek Stuffed Mushrooms
Spanish Stuffed Mushrooms
Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction
Mushroom Crostini

Next, a delicious dip or hummus will be very welcome. Here are three tasty choices:
Chipotle Sweet Potato & White Bean Hummus
Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus
Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Finally, pilgrims lived by sea and feasted on its bounty at the first Thanksgiving. Seafood makes a great holiday starter. Perhaps you’d like to try my …
Gravlax with Tarragon-Caper Mustard Sauce
Smoked Salmon Mousse
Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli 

I’m bring soup to a Friendsgiving this year. Here are three you might like to try.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (my family’s favorite)
Wild Mushroom Soup
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Maybe your group would prefer a salad. Here are some of my favorite fall salads:
Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad
Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad
Butternut Squash Salad
Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad 

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you cann’t have too many side dishes … can you? If you’ve volunteered to to vegetables. I’m a huge fan of roasting veggies – here are some suggestions:
Thanksgiving_Place_CardsRoasted Beets with Sautéed Greens
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions
Roasted & Mashed Butternut Squash
Roasted Carrots with Pearl Onions
Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmigiano-Reggiano
Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes
Roasted Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions
Broccoli Purée

So, maybe you only eat them once or twice a year but you gotta have spuds on Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of possibilities:
Decadent Cheesy Potatoes
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
If you’d prefer a spud alternative, you can always try my:
Quinoa with Sweet Potato & Spinach (a good choice if there will be a vegetarian or two at the party)
Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard

And it’s on to dessert. For a whole lot of people, it’s not Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie. Well, I think you just might like some of my alterative just as much … maybe more. Here goes:
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin-Ginger Mousse

If you rather fancy an apple pie .. then consiider my
Mini Tarte Tatin
Rustic Apple Croustade
Rustic Apple Tart.
Apple Bread Pudding
Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Icing
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp with Cranberry Coulis

Have a wonderful Friendsgiving and bon appétit!

How are your Thanksgiving plans shaping up?  I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016