Friday Favorites – Thanksgiving Guide (Episode 73)

I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house for the past couple years.  This time around, I have the year off. Yellowdog (our yellow lab, in case you were wondering) has to remain “calm” and is not allowed to play with kids, other dogs, and relatives for the next few months until she has fully recovered from her knee surgery.  So, that pretty much means that there will be no big get togethers at my house for a few months, either.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be cooking, though! I plan to make a side dish or two, and of course I’ll be taking some sort of dessert.  I will also be traveling with my handy dandy meat thermometer, which I believe is the key to a perfect Thanksgiving turkey. Whether it’s my kitchen or my mom’s, there’s no better place to be on Thanksgiving day!

To help with our last minute Thanksgiving plans, I thought I’d put together a collection of recipes for this week’s Friday Favorites post.  I’ve thrown in a few of my own and taken a lot of help from my friends.  These are sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner one to remember!

Let’s Talk Turkey…

Over-Stuffed…

On the Side…

  • Who says pumpkin has to be for dessert? I love pumpkin in savory recipes, and this Stuffed Pumpkin from Bread & Putter looks like a tasty addition to Thanksgiving dinner!
  • Last year my brother proclaimed that he “doesn’t eat Brussels sprouts.”  But, he ended up having a second serving of these Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  Need I say more?
  • I love yams… Love them! These Roasted Smashed Yams are one of my favorites.  When you add cinnamon and apple cider to yams, you really can’t go wrong, right?
  • I love green bean casserole, but I don’t love all of the junk that comes with canned soup and canned beans. This Fresh Green Bean Casserole from Brown Eyed Baker has all of the flavors of the traditional dish, but is made with quality ingredients.  Brilliant!
  • I just can’t get enough of this Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole from Evil Shenanigans…  I tweeted it the other day, but I just had to mention it again here.  It’s sure to be another favorite this Thanksgiving!

Something Sweet…

A Few Extras…

  • Whether you’re hosting lots of friends and family or just looking for a snack to munch on while you watch the football and parades, I’d recommend checking out this Last Minute Pumpkin Mousse Dip. No, it’s not totally “from scratch” but it’s tasty, and it’s fast. Since I posted it, I’ve whipped heavy cream and used that in place of the whipped topping, if that’s more your style.
  • If you’re looking for a fun “signature cocktail” for your Thanksgiving dinner, you will want to check out this White Cranberry Cosmopolitan from If You Can Make That You Can Make This.
  • My hubby loves his cranberry sauce from a can (the slurpy kind).  I don’t judge, but I don’t eat it, either.  Instead, I’m a huge fan of this Cranberry Relish.  I stockpile cranberries in my freezer so I can enjoy this for months after Thanksgiving!
  • If you have friends staying overnight, you might want to consider making these Cranberry Pomegranate Ebelskivers… You can whip them up quickly and amaze your friends and family! They’d be delicious topped with some leftover whipped cream, too!
  • If you’re more of a cooked cranberry sauce person, be sure to take a look at this Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce from Flavia’s Flavors.  It looks fantastic!
  • Forget dinner rolls, I’d much prefer to have a slice or two of my Cranberry Nut Pumpkin Bread with my Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ, so that makes it healthy, right?
  • I’m a big fan of thinking out of the can when it comes to pumpkin for Thanksgiving… Here’s my tutorial on making your own Pumpkin Puree!

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