Are you ready?? When are you starting your prep? Thanksgiving is only 5 days away! Out of necessity, I will be doing my shopping tonight and cooking my first prep work (corn bread for stuffing) tomorrow night. The corn bread needs time to dry out–usually only 3 days, but I will not have a chance to make it on Sunday or Monday. So Saturday it is!
We are having the big day at M’s mum’s, like last year. We will have a fairly large gathering, including M’s sister and brother-in-law visiting from the UK. His brother-in-law has never attended Thanksgiving, so it should be quite fun!
Several guests are bringing dishes to share, and M’s mum is handling the turkey, so our contribution will be: Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, and a couple of pies (probably Pecan and Pumpkin, maybe a third). I may even break out my Cranberry Chutney & Brie appetizer. Usually I save it until after Christmas, but since M’s sister and her husband are here, I might make an exception. If I cannot restrain myself, this recipe for glazed shallots looks amaaaaazing and may end up at the table as well!
I did want to take a moment to round up some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving (and for Thanksgiving leftovers) that are on the blog. If you are still planning your menu, or looking for some leftover inspiration, check out the links below!
Gluten-Free Knock-off Pepperidge Farms Cornbread Stuffing — a total requirement each year!
Roast Chicken — can be inspiration for your roast Turkey. The aromatic and herbs would all work wonderfully. Be sure to adjust the cooking time to suit the size of your turkey!
Kale Salad — a super simple salad that is hearty enough to stand up to all the other Thanksgiving dishes!
Ginger-Carrot Soup — would be a lovely start to a more formal Thanksgiving meal with different courses.
My Favorite Gluten-Free Pie Crust — here’s a hint: make an extra batch of pie crust and stick it in the fridge. It’s my secret weapon for leftovers: wrap up turkey and veg to make hand pies, top a turkey pot pie, make a quiche, or roll it out, cut into pieces and bake for dipping into turkey pot pie soup!
Cranberry Chutney — if you can’t fit it into your Thanksgiving menu, you have to try it for your holiday parties! One of my favorite things EVER and one of those iconic dishes that no one forgets. Once December hits, everyone is always checking that I am bringing the cranberry chutney!
Rosemary & Honey Mustard Almonds — an easy, make-ahead recipes for nibbles, if you don’t want to commit to a full appetizer!
French Bread — make a batch to have on hand for soaking up all that turkey gravy!
Popovers — another twist on the bread roll accompaniment! A little lighter and airy, they won’t weigh you down nearly as much.
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies — an easy handheld dessert and always popular with kids!
Coconut-Pumpkin Custard — looking for a dairy-free and grain-free dessert? This still sticks close to those fall flavors!
Turkey Broccoli Quiche — my favorite quiche of ALL TIME and one that I only make once or twice a year, due to the need for turkey. It is sooo good!
Turkey Pot Pie — riff off of my go-to biscuit-topped Chicken Pot Pie, by simply subbing cooked turkey for the cooked chicken
Turkey Pot Pie Soup — for something a little different, but still comforting. I love baking up wedges of pie crust to dip into this soup!
Turkey Hash — the classic breakfast for post-Black Friday shopping.
Mashed Potato Pancakes — another easy post-Turkey Day breakfast, with a little less meat! These savory pancakes are delicious with a runny-yolked egg!