Appetizers,  Side Dishes

What I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday! I love spending time in the kitchen with my family because I got pretty lucky with a family of stellar homecooks. Although hectic, being in the kitchen with them has inspired me and allowed me to learn so much over the years.

My family likes to stray from traditional when it comes to our Thanksgiving dinner. We always search for new takes on the classics that we know and love to keep dinner exciting. My family started to use Google Documents last year to organize our menu & recipes and it’s made everything so much easier. You can find my FREE Google Docs template here. We just share the document with everyone, add what we are making and comment on each other’s ideas.

Every year my family puts out a huge unnecessary spread of appetizers before dinner. We always say we will put out less next year but it never happens. Between the Spanish style tabla, the cranberry brie bites and the cheese ball I was determined to find a cheese-free appetizer (surprisingly this took me a while to find). I also wanted to incorporate some veggies in a way that wasn’t a boring crudite. When I saw this recipe I knew it was the one.

Fried Butternut Squash with Spicy Honey

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These reminded me of a festive take on fried green tomatoes and because they are fried everyone will eat them without protest of it being a vegetable.

For side dishes I always find my family trying to justify making only one form of potato: sweet potato or mashed potato. I personally don’t think it’s fair to choose just one so I volunteered to make the other spud.

The Creamiest, Butteriest, Tastiest Mashed Potato Recipe Ever!

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I’m not being pretentious, this is the actual name of the recipe. I’ve had this recipe saved for two years now and I’m finally going to make it. I hope it’s as good as they say it is.

The last thing I am making is what makes dinner “Thanksgiving Dinner” to me. That’s the sweet and tangy cranberry sauce! By far it’s my favorite part of the meal and is even better on leftover turkey sandwiches the next day.

Triple Sec Cranberry Relish

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As much as I love this traditional side I’m always open to finding recipes that have interesting twists and this recipe seemed to fit the bill.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out there and find some great recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you cook for Thanksgiving? Got any great recipes lined up? Let me know in the comments below.