Cranberry sauce is my favorite condiment/side dish on Thanksgiving. I really like the more creative tricks to the traditional recipe. My favorite so far has been a Gingered Cranberry Sauce, but I have tried a variation with Pinot Noir which was also very tasty. This cranberry sauce is infused with pure pomegranate juice (no cocktails please) and the combination is pretty much perfect. The pomegranate juice has a slightly sweeter flavor than the cranberries so it’s a great way to make the sauce sweeter without adding additional sugar.
And now for the real main course–dessert! Here are some delicious options perfect for your Thanksgiving table:
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and main courses. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get creative with a lot of different dishes!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and this list features my favorite bread recipes for the big day!
Mashed potatoes is a side dish that has become a staple on many Thanksgiving tables. The great thing about mashed potatoes is you can add different ingredients to it and change a plain recipe into a more flavorful one. This Thanksgiving I decided to try mixing goat cheese and fresh dill into the potatoes. The goat cheese gave it a creamy tanginess, and tasted great with the fresh dill! Potatoes are so easy to make and I always leave the skins on (especially if they are red potatoes). Overall the addition of the goat cheese and dill was a success and I will definitely have this on the table on Thanksgiving next year.
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the leftovers for the days after. I usually like to make a soup out of the turkey leftovers but another great way to use all that turkey is to make a delicious sandwich with cranberry sauce. There is something about the combination of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on crusty bread that make Thanksgiving part II almost as good as the first day. This sandwich is naturally very easy to make as all the ingredients have already been prepared. I added some tomatoes and lettuce to give the sandwich some extra crunch. An excellent way to finish off any kind of leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
This is a standard bread stuffing with a crumbly and soft consistency. The bread is toasted and left to harden over night to get that good crunchy texture. It is then flavored with fresh sage leaves, sauteed onions and celery and baked in the oven. This recipe takes some time and effort to prepare but the recipe is well worth it. A perfect side dish for a juicy roast turkey!
Bright orange sweet potatoes are a great table decorator for Thanksgiving. I had these over the holiday and they were so delicious! They were nicely browned, not too sweet, and very tender.
Another turkey day must have: mashed potatoes. While most recipes call for yellow or brown potatoes (they have a smoother texture for mashing) I like to use red potatoes. I just really like the flavor of these potatoes and their skins. I like mashed potatoes a little chunkier and with the skins mixed in. If you prefer it smoother add more milk and remove the skins. The garlic adds just enough flavor but does not over power the potatoes.
You just can’t get any more classic than a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. I had never made pumpkin pie before but I was very happy with the results. The pie was so flavorful and the texture was nice and smooth. The crust was good and a little bit flaky. The recipe wasn’t too difficult to follow either. I topped the slice with a little fresh whipped cream.