If you’re like me, Thanksgiving might just be one of your favorite meals of the year. My perfect bite is one that includes EVERYTHING: mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce. And, yes, I am a traditionalist when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal food. I don’t want roast beef, I’d rather not have creamed corn, and I definitely don’t need a salad. I love all these things, buuuut, not at Thanksgiving. To be honest, I can even do without the rolls (but that’s only because they kinda just take up extra stomach space that could be used for more of everything else). However… I know that not everyone feels the same way. And that’s great. We don’t all need to think like I do.
Some may think it would be fun to eat something other than turkey for Thanksgiving. Awesome. Some may not love mashed potatoes and gravy. Cool. Some may detest sweet potatoes and green beans. I think you’re missing out, but then there’s more for me. Whatever your reason, I do love to plan a fun themed menu, so I have some ideas for you.
To start, you could enjoy a delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. I made this soup a few weeks ago and I just loved it (um, I will note that my husband, who is not a super fan of squash, said it was good, for a squash dish ;)).
For the main dish, Herbed Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes would be awesome. I made this for an episode of the show. I looks great, and tastes even better! Along with the chicken some Crispy Potatoes would be amazing and I always love roasted broccoli… can’t go wrong with roasted veggies.
If you need some sort of bread to go with a special meal, Garlic Bread would be fun. (When we eat garlic bread, sometimes I don’t want to eat whatever else we’re having because I love bread so much.)
Pomegranates are in season. How about making some homemade Pomegranate Juice to drink? Confession: I’ve never done this. I need to.
Ok, now we need something to replace the traditional Pumpkin Pie. I made these Apple Bourbon Galettes a few weeks ago and they were phenomenal. They’re great for a special occasion, but also perfect for a weeknight dinner… yes!
In the upcoming Storage Tips post (November 20th) I will have some ideas for what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers. I wonder if anyone in the history of Thanksgiving has ever not had leftovers. I doubt it. Actually, I don’t think I like that idea. Thanksgiving leftovers are so yummy!!
- 2 T honey
- 2 T butter, cut into small chunks
- 1/4 C coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar or raw sugar)
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 2 t bourbon (optional)
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1-2 pinches ginger
- 1-2 pinches allspice
- 4-5 (about 4-5 C) apples, thinly sliced
- 1 pie crust, divided in 4
- 1 egg, whisked
- butter, for greasing
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Butter the parchment paper.
- Whisk together honey through allspice (it’s ok if there are still small chunks of butter).
- Toss sweet mixture with apples, making sure all apples are coated.
- Roll out individual pieces of crust in a circle. Place on parchment paper. Place a few scoops of filling on one crust. Fold crust up and around filling, leaving the center open. Make sure there are no cracks in the crust or the liquid will run. Repeat with remaining pieces of crust.
- Brush each crust with egg.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crust is golden and flaky.