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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

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I have been dying to get back into blogging, writing, cooking, and shooting for the past two months.  I wish life would slow down a bit.  We are not having Thanksgiving at our home as we will be going to my sister’s house for the over indulging marathon.  I decided to pretend I was going to be cooking at home and put together my list for Thanksgiving Menu Planning.  Hoping that you will make at least one or two of my favorites to share with your loved ones.  

Nibbles:  I have to admit the past year I have been eliminating appetizers before a dinner party.  I have been tending to serve a bowl of olives as I wanted our guests to devour everything else.  If I was cooking this Thanksgiving at home I would definitely lay out a few of these favorites with a bottle of bubbles to start the evening.

Amber Ale French Onion Dip

White Cheddar and Sage Gourgeres

Mushroom Pate

Sage and Blue Cheese Log

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Shrimp Cocktail

Turkey:  I have two turkey recipes to share.  The first one is for a dry brined turkey, I love making turkeys this way as the skin really crisps up.  Earlier this year I roasted a heritage turkey, it is completely different but equally as good.  

Dry Brined Turkey

Herb Roasted Turkey

Sides:  Honestly for me I am all about the sides.  I usually have a nibble of turkey and fill my plate with sides.  I do like a good turkey sandwich the next day but bring on all the potatoes and gravy the day of.  

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamed Kale

Pumpkin Caramelized Onion Gratin

Green Bean Casserole

Brussels sprout Gratin

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Potato and Celeriac Root Dauphinsinoise

Roasted Kabocha with Tahini Dressing

Jeweled Rice Salad

Middle Eastern Inspired Black Rice Salad

Extras:  All the little things that wrap a meal up nicely.

Best Turkey Gravy

Turkey Stock for Gravy

Vegetarian Gravy

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream


Dessert:  Always save some room for dessert especially at our house

Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Creamy No Cook Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Cannoli 

Pumpkin Pie

Mini Pumpkin Tarts – vegan and GF

Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Chocolate Swirls

Vegan Apple Tart

Leftovers:  besides making the honorary turkey sandwich here are couple more ideas of how to use up the turkey.

Leftover Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa




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