Recipes for a Tasty Thanksgiving

by Maytal Wichman

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so we’ve gathered recipes from around the (virtual) world to cover all your needs. You’ll find here classic dishes, as well as some new ones.

Turkey:

Homestyle Turkey the Michigander Way from All Recipes

This recipe is a winner for three reasons: 1. It got 5 stars by over 1,100 reviewers. 2. Prep time is 10 minutes. 3. Other than the turkey, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry/fridge. This is a perfect example of how going back to basics is sometimes the answer.

Cranberry Sauce:

My Father’s cranberry Sauce from The Daily Meal

The spices in this recipe certainly add a fresh twist. Added bonus: your house will smell so nice when you make this, people will think you sprinkled potpourri everywhere.

Stuffing:

Sourdough Stuffing with Apples and Bacon from Pinch My Salt

The tangy apples in this recipe balance the salty bacon and together with sage and thyme give this dish a nice twist on your run-of-the-mill stuffing.

Soups:

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup from Seriously Soupy

Brooklynite Serena Norr has some great ideas for soups and this recipe in particular is a favorite because it’s so hearty and healthy you’ll want to kick off your shoes under the Thanksgiving dinner table, curl them under your seat and cuddle with a flannel blanket.

Sides:

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin from Smitten Kitchen

Brooklyn’s own Smitten Kitchen is such a consistent blog, I know I can count on pretty much any recipe. Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple and swiss chard is one of the healthiest foods known to man (well, at least to me). And who can resist that adorable baby in the picture? I can’t decide if to drool over him or the dish…

Tex-Mex Squash Casserole from Homesick Texan

This mouthwatering recipe is a brilliant take on the classic casserole and beautifully marries an All-American with Tex-Mex (love the crushed tortilla chips!) to make a winning side dish for your Thanksgiving table.

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions from Mama’s Healthy Bites

Being the tasteless self-promoting person that I am, I could not resist adding one of my own recipes to the mix. Funny thing, it’s actually a dish I usually make for the High Holidays, but really, it can work for any occasion.

Desserts:

Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Food Network’s Paula Deen

Oh, Paula, Paula, Paula. Does she know her cheesecakes or what?! Nothing is spared here – it’s all full-fat: you’ve got your cream cheese, your sour cream…this is decadence! And the prep time is so quick, even the pie crust is doable.

Banana and Chocolate Chip Upside Down Cake from David Lebovitz

I have a confession: I know this dessert isn’t really Thanksgiv-y but it just so happens that bananas mixed with chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. I simply cannot say no to anything that contains these two ingredients together. I love that this dessert is a low-fat version (not to worry, there’s very specific instructions about how to make this full-fat).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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