Sunday, November 18, 2012

What's For Thanksgiving Dinner?

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be having a small Thanksgiving this year.  Very small, in fact.  Since both of our families live out of town, and my husband's family will be out of state for the holiday, we will be doing Thanksgiving just the two of us.  That means a very scaled back, yet equally yummy holiday dinner.  We did want to make enough for leftovers, though, because really, isn't that the best part of Thanksgiving?

So, we will be having the basics...a small roasted turkey breast, gravy, some stuffing, a veg, and dessert.  As I sat down to try to decide which recipes to use, I thought it would be helpful to offer up some ideas for Thanksgiving.  The following are dishes that will fit perfectly into any holiday dinner, and most of them are easy to prepare.  So, if you are a procrastinator (like me) and are still trying to figure out what to make, check these out.  They make excellent dinner choices and leftovers for the long weekend of football watching, shopping, Christmas tree searching, and decorating that follow the big day. 

Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts and Fried Goat Cheese
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Pecans and Cider Vinaigrette


Aunt Lynn's Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Honey Butter Glaze
Roasted Turnips with Sorghum Syrup
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Applesauce Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake
Mini Apple Pies with Spiced Apples
Toffee Pecan Pie

Sauces and Pickled Goodies:
Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Pecans
Cranberry Conserve with Apples and Pecans (canned)
Spiced Pickled Pears
Pear and Cranberry Conserve



  1. Yay for Thanksgiving! These suggestions sound great. We are definitely going to be hitting the pickled beets too. :)

  2. Thanks, Eileen. Pickled beets are my favorite!