Thanksgiving, for me, is always such a great mix of traditional foods and new recipes that push the envelope of classics just a little. In our house, no Thanksgiving is complete without Dixie Pie (find the recipe here) or my mother in law’s pumpkin bread. There is always turkey*, of course, and the traditional sides. Because of distance and job requirements, my husband and I alternate years with our extended family so our food traditions are a little different each fall! While each family does a great job of trying to incorporate those “must have” dishes to make Thanksgiving really feel like home, we also love having something different to look forward to each year. I like to try a twist on a classic side dish each year and with that in mind, I have pulled together a list of Good Food Reads for your upcoming Thanksgiving. You won’t find any traditional turkey or sweet potato recipes here – I trust you have plenty of sources for those – but there are plenty of recipes for classics that push the envelope just a bit. Here’s to a happy and tasty Thanksgiving!
The 20 Most Popular Thanksgiving Side Dishes from the New York Times
A twist on a classic: Marmalade Pecan Pie with coconut sugar, bourbon and a hint of chocolate (Simple Bites)
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad (Cooking Light)
Cranberry Curd Tart (NYT) with a hazelnut crust and a twist on a classic curd recipe, this tart sounds like a great way to expand on holiday dessert traditions.
Butternut, Bacon, and Apple Hotdish (Molly Yeh)
Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli (A Beautiful Plate)
Harvest Pear Gorgonzola Salad with Roasted Vegetables (Andie Mitchell)
Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bread Pudding (Girl Vs Dough)
Thanksgiving Appetizers you can make one week ahead!!! (Food52)
And because, let’s face it, sometimes the holidays mean you need a cocktail or two…25 Thanksgiving Cocktail and Drink Recipes from Bon Appetit. You’re welcome.
*I will now publicly ask for forgiveness from my mother and grandmother, who suffered through preparation of a tofurkey for many years during my vegetarian phase. I’m sorry.