thanksgiving favorites


thanksgiving favorites

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what to make for Thanksgiving.  But just in case you’re searching for that last minute recipe, here are a few of my favorites.  I know, they are mostly sweets.  But if I’m honest, the only thing that really matters to me is pecan pie.

For breakfast:

Oatmeal Breakfast Bread–you can make this ahead of time and freeze it.  That’s what I did this weekend and it’s going with us to Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins–does this really need an explanation?  Again though, the freezer can be your friend so that you’re not adding one more thing to your already busy kitchen on Thanksgiving day.

Some side dishes:

Pillows from Heaven (Yeast Rolls)–these rolls, a family recipe from Gerrit’s aunt, are an absolute must at our Thanksgiving.

Sour Cream Pocketbook Rolls–another favorite Thanksgiving roll.  (How many times can I say remember to utilize your freezer?)

Farro with Butternut Squash and Mushrooms–classic fall flavors.  I’ve never actually made this for Thanksgiving, but I think it would go nicely.  (Unfortunately I don’t think there’s a freezer shortcut here.  It’s best fresh.)

Celery Root and Potato Puree--a twist on the classic mashed potatoes.

Cauliflower Gratin with Roasted Chestnuts–I made this last year, and I’m not trying to brag but I’m pretty sure it was the star of the table.  Put it all together the day before (minus the breadcrumbs), refrigerate it, and then top it with the breadcrumbs and bake it on Thanksgiving morning.

For your dessert table:

Pumpkin Pie Bars–a slight twist on pumpkin pie (but not so different that you miss having pie).

Sugar Topped Molasses Spice Cookies–perfect for Thanksgiving dessert or Thanksgiving Day snacking.  These are addictive.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars–these are just pure gooey goodness.

Pecan Pie–this is the the single most important food item for me at Thanksgiving.  (My taste buds have come a long way).  And my family’s recipe is the best there is.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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