Any day structured around food is automatically one of my favorite days of the year!
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Hasselback Roasted Gruyere Cauliflower
Every year, my aunt hosts a Thanksgiving feast. We got to chatting about sides and she mentioned wanting to focus on cauliflower. This idea came to mind, and I had to see if I could make it work. And, oh boy, did I ever! SO GOOD!
Curry Maple Butternut Squash Soup
I can’t think of anything more seasonal than a butternut squash soup. This one tastes like a warm sweet hug (if something could taste like a hug, that is).
Pumpkin Spiced Banana Bread
If you’re looking for a homey bread that super seasonal in every bite, you’ve found it! I’m OBSESSED with this bread. It’s so flavorful and delicious. Please make it!
Croissant Stuffing Bites
I made these glorious bites last year for Friendsgiving and, man, were they well received. They were demolished in an instant. I was a hundred percent not surprised by this. When I came with the idea of using croissants as the bread part of the stuffing, I knew I had struck a note of genius. With a crisp outer edge and a fluffy flavorfully rich center, these were one of the best Friendsgiving decision I’ve made to date.
Pumpkin Butternut Squash And Potato
As a girl who loves to wear loose clothes on Thanksgiving to make sure I have ample room for trying every last dish, I’m a huge proponent of having thoughtful side dishes. When thinking about all of the flavors of Fall, I decided that making a choice between them was futile. So, I mixed a bundle of them together and never looked back! Make this side dish only if you want a side worth celebrating. It’s amazing, and will get demolished.
Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie Bars
There's little that tastes more like Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie! I'm obsessed with these, they're so going to be the fam favorites!
Pumpkin Chicken Empanadas
FYI, these are a commitment. They will take you some time, but man are they incredible! If you’re having people over for multiple days and want to spoil them, this is how. Make these for lunch! If you’re not hosting but instead visiting family as a guest and feel the need to make one dish, these are playful and can be enjoyed either during Thanksgiving or the days that follow when your gracious host is burnt out and super excited to have something thoughtfully prepared on hand.
Coconut Persimmon Pumpkin Pie
If you’re like me and love to put a twist on the classics, simply put, this is the pie for you. It’s pumpkin pie for sure but then there are subtly exciting flavor notes along the way.
Carrot Ginger Soup
My hands down favorite part of Thanksgiving has always been the thick creamy seasonally flavored soup. Having it’s own course with it’s own special plating, whether or not it’s your favorite part, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I encourage you to make a special one. The beauty of this soup is that it’s so incredibly easy to make. With the carrots and spice of the ginger, this soup has that chicken soup for the soul feeling to it, it not only warms your stomach but it warms your heart.
Tomato Sauce Stuffed Fried Ravioli
I don’t entirely associate fried ravioli with Thanksgiving, but I sincerely love these for any dinner event you are hosting. You see, I like to plan for the time when I’m finishing off those dishes that need to be cooked right before dinner by having thoughtfully curated snacks on hand. Hangry people are not my favorite of humans so eliminating this option while giving them something to balance out their wine intake is always part of the plan.
Chicken And Potatoes
If you’re hosting a large Thanksgiving, and are worried that some people don’t like turkey, or really just want to wow your guests with the amount of thoughtful dishes you can put together in your thanksgiving spread, this chicken and potatoes dish is so easy and yet exudes a complicated aesthetic—aka, it’s perfect!
Potatoes Au Gratin
No Thanksgiving spread is fully complete without a creamy potato dish (or two if you're like me and want your mashed sweet potatoes, too). So, in addition to my traditional sweet potatoes with those roasted marshmallows that scream thanksgiving, I've been indulging in this more sophisticated take on creamy potatoes. Get involved, I can feel it, you're so going to thank me later!
Cranberry Apple Punch
Family is, well, family. In small doses, there's nothing better. In large groups, politics are bound to come up at some point, here's the recipe to fix that problem—and it comes in bulk!
Talk about no-brainers. You know you need sweet potatoes on your table, so here's your reminder. While I'm at it, this recipe's incredible. Don't think, just make it!
Candied Walnut Pumpkin Bread
This is me taking pumpkin bread to a whole new level!
Scotch Infused Cranberry Sauce
I know I know, it's hard to beat the canned deliciousness that is the taste of childhood, I'm hoping a little booze helps fix that! Friends, throw a Friendsgiving and a Thanksgiving so you have the opportunity to make and eat this twice. I'm seriously obsessed with this cranberry sauce and have been making it for two years. Trust me, you will love!
Classics are classic for a reason. They've earned that title time and time again and will continue to do so forever and ever. You know I respect and love that. For that reason, I've created a classic take on pumpkin bread, and man, if I do say so myself, it is insanely delicious! So delicious, in fact, that I used it as the base for my stuffing recipe. Oh yeah, check out that next slide!
Pumpkin Bread Stuffing
If you're looking for a twist on the classics without straying too far, this is the stuffing for you! Heads up, if you're making it from scratch like I did, the pumpkin bread itself doesn't take very long to make, but it's best to let it sit out for a couple of days and dry out before you take the next steps to make this stuffing, so plan ahead for this crazy deliciousness!