Thanksgiving: Getting It Right This Year.. With Food! (Part II)

Photo: Anders Overgaard via Bon Appetit

Photo: Anders Overgaard via Bon Appétit

So you’ve got the holiday decorations sorted. Now that that’s out of the way, you know what’s next! Time to pick your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Will you be going back to the traditional dishes, or are you game to make your own traditions this year and try something new? Whether it’s your first turn to host this year’s dinner or not, we’re here to tell you there is no need to be nervous! We’ve got just the right mix of something new and something familiar below, for an incredible Thanksgiving spread!

Appetizers

Sausage-stuffed Mushrooms

Photo via: In Style

Photo via: In Style

It’s no secret we love Ina Garten’s recipes! What better way to start your Thanksgiving dinner than with stuffing? Check out Ina’s delicious appetizer recipe, with a little help from sausages, bread crumbs and mascarpone cheese. Best part? Prep the mushrooms a day before, and pop them in the oven just as your guests come through your front door. The aroma will be glorious, and it’ll save you time to get your other food ready.

Pomegranate Arugula Salad

Photo via: Food Network

Photo via: Food Network

Want something light and fresh? We promise you this will be lovely, and will take less than five minutes to put together. We recommend Tyler Florence’s recipe, with a fabulous vinaigrette, Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings and arugula. Quick Tip: Here’s how to deseed a pomegranate in 10 seconds.

The Turkey

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! There is nothing like carving that beautiful, thick and juicy bird at the center of your Thanksgiving feast. Don’t think you have the time (or confidence) to give the star of the show the attention it deserves? Unfortunately, we don’t all have Bill Cosby to teach us how to do the honors, so try using tips from this top chef winner!

Two Thanksgiving Specialists

Have a taste of Dickson’s Farmstand‘s turkey, and you’d never want to go back to the frozen birds at the supermarkets again. Choose the bird of your preferred size, and have them delivered to your doorstep before Thanksgiving. Opt to include the Farmstand Stuffing Kit, which includes the ingredients to make a yummy and homemade stuffing! Want a smooth and rich gravy to complement your turkey? Request for their Dave’s Giblet Gravy. Made from scratch, for you to  re-heat! How’s that for easy?

To try  Ready to Eat all you need to do is decide how many guests you will need to feed and the work will be done for you. With yummy stuffing options, such as vegetarian or a cornbread, sage, apple and sausage stuffing. Want pies, as well? They’ve got traditional comforts such as apple pie and pecan pie. All you need to do is wait for your roast turkey to be delivered, and  re-heat before your guests arrive!

Scrumptious Sides

What’s a feast without its irresistible side dishes? Think of risotto, butternut squash bread pudding, anything sweet potato. We’ve got two of our comforting (and maybe not so traditional) favorites, see if they are yours too.

Macaroni and Cheese

Photo via: Normal Cooking

Photo via: Normal Cooking

Let’s face it, nothing says comfort like macaroni and cheese which is why it’s perfect for any time of the year. Personal Chef Aimee has a great mac’N’cheese, homestyled with baked breadcrumbs. Side note: Chef Aimee can whip up butternut squash and sage crostini, too.

Want a twist to your macaroni and cheese dish? Try S’MAC! They’ve got yummy specials such as the All-American, with a nostalgic combination of American and Cheddar cheeses as well as the 4 Cheese, with a fabulous combination of Muenster, American with a touch of Gorgonzola, and topped off with sharp cheddar. S’MAC has gluten-free and vegan options too.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Photo via: Food and Wine

Photo via: Food and Wine

This mouthwatering dish could possibly steal the turkey’s spotlight this year. All you need to do is boil the brusselsprouts for a few minutes until crisp-tender, before tossing into a skillet with shallots, sun-dried tomatoes and of course, the pancetta. Check out Food and Wine for this delicious recipe.

Think we’ve covered our bases, or is there a recipe we absolutely have to try out this holiday season? Share with us below!

Don’t forget to check back with us as we explore gluten-free and vegan recipes for an alternative Thanksgiving feast, next!

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