Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipes

I wanted to do a post with all my usual Thanksgiving recipes in one place. It'll make it a little easier for me when I need to find them, AND for my mom and sisters. I'm having my first Thanksgiving without my family this year, but they are having their first Thanksgiving without ME.  :) This is a picture of my plate from last year. Below you will find some of the recipes and a few others that I make.

We'll go clockwise starting at 12.

Cranberry Jello

Candied Yam Soufflé

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Turkey - I've never cooked my own Thanksgiving turkey, but will be this year. We bought an infrared fryer and I'm excited to try it.

Party Potatoes

Gravy - My mom has always done the gravy. This year I will be trying a make ahead recipe that you can freeze.

Rolls - My mom made the one in this pic, but I like to make these Bread Machine Rolls. They are great for leftover turkey sandwiches. I make them a few days ahead of time and freeze them.

Beans - Plain jane green beans, no recipe needed.

Salad - It's hard for me to eat veggies at Thanksgiving when there is so much yummy other stuff. I like having a good salad though. I think that a guest brought this one last year, but I have a few green salad recipes that are great. Strawberry Spinach Salad, Autumn Chopped Salad, Fall Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. I'd like to make a salad similar to these but with pomegranate seeds. Maybe I'll try that out too. Update - made was amazing Pear Pomegranate Salad.

And in the center, Cheesy Stuffing Cups. I made it in a baking dish instead of a muffin tin.

Not pictured from this year's plate is Creamed Corn, but it's definitely a favorite!

 Pineapple Cheese Ball We can't forget about this guy! I love this cheese ball. It's a perfect appetizer to set out while you're putting the finishing touches on everything. Also love this super easy appetizer of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

Thanksgiving dessert is like a whole different meal! I looked back through my pics from previous years and found this one from 2011. We always have lots of pie. My favorite is Pecan Pie and it's the only Thanksgiving pie recipe I have on my blog. Of course there is Pumpkin Pie, my SIL makes sweet potato pie, and I make apple pie using canned filling, (it's what the hubby likes). Those are the regulars. I have also made this Pumpkin Sandwich Cake to shake things up a little. Looks like in this pic I made a chocolate tart, macadamia nut pie, and we also had chocolate pecan. I use this Pie Crust recipe and sometimes this easier shortening only recipe here.



This makes me hungry just looking at it. You are such a great cook. Sure miss you.

Drew Watts

This Thanksgiving recipes are looking luscious and wanted to try them. Last Thanksgiving threw a party at one of LA venues and enjoyed different recipes there as wonderful catering services were hired. Everyone loved all dishes. Planning to hire same caterers in my wedding too.