What are YOU Serving for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Can you believe it?  Thanksgiving is barely one short, little week away.  How did this happen?  I know that time marches on, but lately it feels like it’s been stampeding by!  I’ve been trying to plan my Thanksgiving menu, and it hasn’t been easy.  My problem isn’t deciding what to make for dinner, but rather what not to make.  Between my tried and true holiday dishes and all of the fabulous new recipes I’ve been finding on the web lately, I’m having a hard time narrowing the choices down to a manageable number. I want to try them all!  Still, there is only so much food that my family can eat – even at Thanksgiving – so I’m editing and re-editing.

Although, I’ll probably change my mind about a zillion times before then, here are some dishes from the SGCC archives that I’m thinking about so far:




Italian Wedding Soup


Roasted butternut Squash Soup


Bacon Pecan Brussels Sprouts Sauté


Cauliflower Gratin


Holy Grail of Sweet Potatoes


Cornbread, Sausage and Apple Stuffing


Favorite Oyster Stuffing


Caramel Apple Raisin Pie


Caramel Pumpkin Pie


Pumpkin Flan


Deb’s Mom’s Apple Cake


Cranberry Lime Galette

Everybody knows that Thanksgiving is all about the sides.  Yeah, the big bird gets all the glory, but the sides are the real stars of the show.  That’s where we foodies can really get our creative juices flowing (pun intended).   I’m loving these Honey Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables and this Spiced Cranberry Chutney.  And, I’ve been dreaming about the Butternut Squash Crumbles that I saw on Todd and Diane’s site a few weeks ago.  They look so amazing!  Of course, it goes without saying that I’m going to have to give Ree’s Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes a try too.  Scads of butter and cream cheese?  Yeah, I’m definitely making those potatoes!  I may need to have those cardiac defibrillator paddles standing by, but it’s a chance I’ll have to take.

This gorgeous Apricot and Walnut Stuffing recipe from lol foodie caught my attention.  With lots of dried fruits, nuts and orange zest, it sounds heavenly!  Guilty Kitchen’s Sweet Potato, Kale and Sausage looks pretty terrific too – and would be a great way to sneak some healthy greens into your Thanksgiving meal.

How about some green bean casserole?  Here are two great, made from scratch recipes from Alton Brown and Pioneer Woman that look to die for.

Of course, there will be turkey too – and ham.  I’ve ordered two big, fat, organic free range turkeys from Suncoast Organics.  I know, I know, two turkeys?  Well, for one thing, you can never have too much turkey at Thanksgiving.  Besides gorging on the bird at the main meal, you’ve got to have enough left over for sandwiches when everyone gets hungry again about an about after the dishes are washed.  And, you have to save some for all of those great “after Thanksgiving” turkey recipes that you know will be popping up all over the blogs the next day.  Plus, let’s not forget about the fabulous stock you can make with those turkey carcasses!  So yes, two turkeys is a must here in SGCC-land.

For all of my stick in the mud more traditional guests,  one of my turkeys will be prepared the regular old boring classic way.  But, I’ve been really intrigued with some of the more unusual turkey recipes I’ve seen, like Maple-Brined Wood-Smoked Grilled Turkey, Plum-Glazed Roast Turkey with Spinach, Bacon and Cashew Stuffing and Plum Gravy, Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy or Deep Fried Whole Buffalo Turkey.  They all sound so wonderful!

For those of you who are planning a gluten-free holiday feast, there are lots of delicious choices out there.  Lori from Recipe Girl has put together a lovely, all gluten-free Thanksgiving menu.  Even though we’re not a GF family, I’m really tempted by some of those fabulous dishes.  Shauna, our beloved Gluten Free Girl (and the chef), has also compiled a yummy list of gluten-free delights to grace your Thanksgiving table, including her famous GF pie crust.

And, let’s not forget about the most important part of the meal – the desserts.    Martha’s Caramel Nut Tart looks divine!  So does her Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.  Oh, the decadence!  (Glad I thought to have those paddles on hand!) Aran’s Sweet Potato and Crab Apple Clafoutis look absolutely delightful in their dainty little china cups.  So creative – and gluten-free too.  If you’re crazy for cheesecake, this Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake from CHOW looks outrageously good.

You can never go wrong with one of David Lebovitz’s ice cream recipes, and his Pumpkin Ice Cream looks like another winner.   For a lighter frozen alternative, this Green Apple and Basil Granita from Kitchen Daily looks wonderful, especially for us folks down here in hot, muggy Florida.  I’ll bet it would perfect served in between courses as a palate cleanser too.

Wow!  I’ve had such fun checking out all of these fabulous Thanksgiving recipes!  I hope you enjoy them too.

So, what are you all serving for Turkey Day?  Wow me.  Thrill me.  Inspire me.  Make me drool!!!

* Top photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

29 responses to What are YOU Serving for Thanksgiving?

  1. On November 18, 2010 at 1:16pm, Rosa said...

    Those are lovely recipes! The flan looks gorgeous.



  2. On November 18, 2010 at 1:32pm, bellini said...

    I have just let out my pants at least 2 inches just reading this post Susan:D One thing for sure it will be a tasty Thanksgiving at SGCC household.

    • On November 19, 2010 at 10:01am, Susan said...

      Hehehe! 😉

  3. On November 18, 2010 at 2:57pm, Jen @ onecurlyfry said...

    I still haven’t decided which desserts I’m making! I need to check out the different recipes here to see what I want to make. Although it ALL looks good! :)

  4. On November 18, 2010 at 5:41pm, kelly said...

    Wow, that is quite the spread! I’m so unfocused on Thanksgiving it’s ridiculous. But we did enjoy a fabulous Wolfgang Puck brined turkey which I think we’ll do again. And it looks like Brussels sprouts are officially a permanent fixture on the yearly menu, but they’re prepared a bit differently each time. You’ve really got some nice recipes here, so let me see….and maybe they will help me make up my mind about what else to make :)

    • On November 19, 2010 at 10:06am, Susan said...

      This will be my first time cooking for Thanksgiving since my Dad passed away 4 years ago. He died just a few days before the holiday, and I’ve just ignored it ever since. I couldn’t deal with it. It is going to be hard, but I’m getting kind of psyched to put on a big spread again. :)

  5. On November 18, 2010 at 8:26pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    We both come from families that like super traditional foods. It’s hard to sneak in fun stuff. You have picked out a lot of good ones though.

  6. On November 18, 2010 at 10:26pm, UrMomCooks said...

    I luv contemplating all the possibilities as much as you do! We always do our turkey the same way – in an oven bag with lots of veggies and broth (very old school but it always turns out great), cornbread veggie stuffing, those cream cheese sour cream ridiculous potatoes, gravy, some sort of salad, some sort of veggie, yeast rolls, cranberries, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie… Still have some decisions to make! Your sides look fabulous!

    • On November 21, 2010 at 9:52am, Susan said...

      I saw Bobby Flay cook a turkey with broth on TV last night. First time I’d heard of it. I’ll bet it makes for a moist bird. :)

  7. On November 19, 2010 at 1:10am, Coleen said...

    Looks excellent. I totally agree with you that my menue keeps changing. So far, we are going strictly traditional this year: turkey breast, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy stuffing, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, bread rolls and apple pie & pumpkin cheese cake. No experimenting this year.

    • On November 21, 2010 at 9:54am, Susan said...

      Can’t argue with tradition. Sounds great!

  8. On November 19, 2010 at 9:30am, Marie said...

    I’m stuffed already Susan looking at all this incredible food! That apple cake is beautiful.

  9. On November 19, 2010 at 11:45am, Joanne at Frutto della Passione said...

    I already had mine – back in October! I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with some Canadian friends and relatives here in Milan and their Italian husbands and children! I made a cream of buttercup squash soup, my Auntie Sandy’s stuffing (which I make great by the way!!) Turkey (gravy and cranberry sauce … but since I can’t get cranberries in Italy I used red currents and it still tasted great!), garlicy brussel sprouts with pancetta, a variety of salads and potatoe dishes and my signature apple pie (because I am not a pumpkin pie fan – my house, my dessert rules!!) But as always the best part wasn’t the food (which was awesome) but the company! Enjoy yourself next week and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    • On November 21, 2010 at 9:57am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Joanne! Your spread sounds fabulous! I can never find fresh red currants here. Wish I could. :)

  10. On November 19, 2010 at 12:08pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I wish I were eating Thanksgiving at your house.

    After two years of hosting 17 people in my apartment and cooking up a minor tempest, I am actually serving nothing this year. SPP and I have decided that his family has been neglected too long. He and my MIL and I (MIL usually spends holidays with my family) are flying out to Chicago to spend the holiday with his brother.

    I talked half-seriously with my SIL about cooking dinner at their place for them. I’d just fly out a few days early and she could help me put the meal together in her huge, beautiful, barely-used kitchen. My BIL will have none of it. He doesn’t not like home cooking. He does not appreciate it when people cook for him. He likes restaurants – end of discussion. I will be spending my Thanksgiving in a restaurant. Although it does feel like a relief to not have to cook anything (last year I didn’t host, but I did make turkey, two kinds of bread, and chocolate pie for the dinner we went to), it also feels WEIRD. I feel as if I should be cooking SOMETHING, or at least baking a pie.

    I see you also do cornbread, sausage, and apple stuffing! Good stuff!+

    • On November 21, 2010 at 10:01am, Susan said...

      There’s always room at our table, Rachel.

      Enjoy the break this year. It’s always hard for us foodie people to give up control of the holiday meals. I’ve been having a tug of war with my mom & SIL over certain dishes this year. I want them to use my recipes and they want to do it their way. I’ll just have to console myself with the knowledge that my stuff will be better than theirs will! 😉

  11. On November 19, 2010 at 3:17pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    Brussels sprouts! Believe it or not, this is everyone’s favorite side dish. Here’s a link to my recipe…


    I finally decided on the cider-brined turkey from Epicurious. You can’t go wrong with cider, right? And a chocolate pumpkin bundt cake, along with the boring, I mean traditional, pies my husband makes.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    • On November 21, 2010 at 10:07am, Susan said...

      Great recipe, Karen! I made mine almost the same way for years. A few years ago, I decided to chiffonade the sprouts to disguise them for the kids. It worked! Now, they will at least try them.

      I like that Epicurious recipe too. I’m trying to talk my mom into making the cider brine. We’re doing two smaller birds – one traditional and one smoked with a honey brine.

  12. On November 19, 2010 at 4:04pm, Kim ( Foodin New England) said...

    I am “catering” (cooking but not serving) a dinner for 22. Making a version of your brussles, halving them, halving pearl onions and cooking in bacon.

    • On November 21, 2010 at 10:08am, Susan said...

      Mmmm! 😀

  13. On November 19, 2010 at 4:05pm, Kim ( Foodin New England) said...

    Oh, i forgot, your menu looks awesome!!

  14. On November 21, 2010 at 12:45am, ann marie said...

    we are having 2 thanksgiving dinners because my daughter is flying down here on thurs and its too much to do everything and tampa airport pickups. so thurs wed are eating a light italian thanksgiving of escarole soup, baked stuffed manicotti, meatballs and bracciole, and im making my dad his favorite strawberry shortcake with a cheesecake layer. fri we are doing a brined turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing probably 2 ways since my mom likes oysters and i like cornbread and apples, succotash, cranberry sauce right out of the can and im doing a sweet potato bread pudding with white chocolate chips and brandy.

    then i have to start thinking about christmas since for the first time in 5 years i will have all my kids and my parents at the same time for the holidays. that means weeks of baking traditional italian chistmas cookies, night of the 7 fishes on chirstmas eve, and chirstmas dinner which i am tempted to order a chinese delivery meal even if i have to get it the day before. since we all worked in the food industry and christmas was the only day off for everyone in my family, christmas day was almost always spent in chinatown. the imperial inn in philly. omg i miss those phoenix rolls and that walnut shrimp so bad.

    • On November 21, 2010 at 10:13am, Susan said...

      Oooh! Like the idea of two Thanksgiving feasts! Sounds great!

      We haven’t done the 7 fishes on Xmas Eve since before my dad passed away. It’s a lot of work, but was always my favorite meal – even more than Xmas dinner!

      Lol on the Chinese takeout! If we had any decent Chinese around here, I might consider that. 😉

  15. On November 21, 2010 at 12:15pm, Elyn said...

    We are having Thanksgiving with my son’s girlfriend’s family. They are from Peru and are fabulous cooks so I’m a bit intimidated! I will probably do all the traditional dishes but feel I have to come up with some Peruvian masterpiece. lol Any ideas?

  16. On November 21, 2010 at 4:35pm, MaryBeth said...

    we will be going to my in-laws for dinner…from the looks of all the great food you have posted I really wish I would be at your house.

  17. On November 23, 2010 at 11:30am, caryn said...

    your list looks great! here’s the list of what I’m making this year. http://www.deepinthedishoftexas.com/2010/11/whats-for-thanksgiving.html

  18. On November 24, 2010 at 6:31pm, teresa said...

    This year I’m cookng dinner as I do every Thanksgiving. We are expecting 10-12 guests. Everyone loves leftovers and of course has requests, so I make sure to make plenty of everything. The menu is as follows: Free and fresh 20+lb turkey from work, stuffing- $6, sweet potatoes- $5, mashed potatoes & gravy- $3, green bean cass.- $7, corn cass.- $3, candied carrots- $3, mac &cheese- $4, apps…bruchetta- $8, BBQ meatballs- $6, bacon& cheddar pinwheels- $5, deviled eggs- $3, dessert… pear cake with ice cream- $6, pumpkin pie with cream- $5, chocolate pie- $5… and rolls of course- $3. I got all that for under $75. Yes I know I recieved a free turkey but… if I had to pay for it, it would have been somewhere around $20-$25, which makes it a even $100, give or take a few bucks. I am making almost everything from scratch, with a few exceptions to save a little time. But there was enough for at least 25 people. That makes it around $4 per person if (I had to buy the bird) for 25 people or $10 for 10 or so. Either way we have lots to choose from and I am able to make all of the requests. I bought leftover containers for my guests to make sure they have something to take home whatever they wanted in. less than $10. Well worth it esp when i dont have to find room in the frig. for leftovers. Enjoy your meals and I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

  19. On June 23, 2013 at 12:09am, iphone行動電源 said...

    Great post. I am facing a few of these issues also..

  20. On October 23, 2015 at 2:47pm, emilia magliulo said...

    You are the best , amazing recipes, all taste sooooo good, please don’t ever leave us, I need you and your recipes. Thank you Emilia

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