A roundup of my favorite Thanksgiving appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts – some healthy, some decadent!
T-10 days till Thanksgiving! I couldn’t be more excited. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and we’re hosting this year. My mom is driving up from Atlanta, my brother will be in town from Italy, and we’ll also have Scott’s Columbia family over. Not only that, but this year Thanksgiving coincides with the first day of Hanukkah, creating a crazy hybrid holiday that won’t occur again for another thousand years or so.
Maple Vanilla Flax Roasted Almonds (Top with Cinnamon) – Nothing can top my mom’s vanilla spiced nuts, but I’m not ready to give up that recipe, so this will have to do. This is a great recipe to make a big batch of over the holidays and keep on the table for healthy nibbling instead of a candy bowl.
Wild Mushroom Triangles – Cooking on Thanksgiving can get a little overwhelming. These can be made in advance and stored in the freezer until ready to bake.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas (How Sweet Eats) – Seriously, these are a million times better than potato chips. Make sure you serve them straight out of the oven.
Roasted Garlic, Cheddar and Cauliflower Gratin (Naturally Ella) – How delicious is this flavor combination? Anything roasted garlic gets my vote…except maybe ice cream.
Squash and Mushroom Tart (Joy the Baker) – Mushrooms have a meaty, umanmi flavor which makes them a perfect meat stand-in for your vegetarian guests, and an elegant side dish for those who partake in the turkey.
Chili-Roasted Turkey with Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing (Food & Wine) – If you find turkey bland, try this spicy take on Thanksgiving.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Quail Wrapped with Bacon (Food & Wine) – Maybe you’re just sick of turkey altogether? I love the idea of serving stuffed quail, a small bird that cooks quickly, so it won’t use up as much precious oven time as turkey.
Hazelnut and Mushroom Loaf (me!) – This vegetarian loaf is packed with classic Thanksgiving flavors like nutmeg, thyme and rosemary.
Cheesy Stuffed Pumpkin (Honest Fare) – Vegetarians need a main dish too! This stuffed pumpkin would look so gorgeous on a holiday plate.
Winter Squash Pies (Adventures in Cooking) – How gorgeous is this plating? If someone at your table is gluten-free, this would be the perfect dessert.
Salted Honey Ice Cream (A Cozy Kitchen) – Pie without ice cream on Thanksgiving is blasphemous. If you’re feeling especially motivated, try making your own.
Vegan Apple and Oat Tartlettes (Green Kitchen Stories) -On principle, I’m completely opposed to healthy desserts on Thanksgiving. But if you must, I think these apple and oat tarts are the way to go.