There’s something magical about Thanksgiving that makes our hearts warm up with a newfound sense of appreciation. Perhaps, most especially, as we gather around with the people who love us best, partaking in a feast. It is an event you’d want to be perfect, especially in their palette. Now, don’t fret; we’ve got you covered on your menu. Here below is a helpful list of Thanksgiving recipes you can use to inspire the occasion, and all of them are easy to make, just as they are flavorful.
Thanksgiving Recipes Part I: Salads
#1: Pomegranate & Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
Douse your spinach, persimmons, pomegranate, and chopped walnuts with a dressing of pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, and walnut oil. Sprinkle with sugar. Serve with goat cheese.
#2: Brussel Sprouts Salad
Three-fourth pounds of Brussel sprouts mixed with walnuts, cracker crumbs, cherry tomatoes, cheese and garlic cloves make up this stunning dish. Assemble all together in a skillet pan to lock in flavors.
#3: Apple Walnut Salad
Starring thinly cut apples and chopped walnuts with blue cheese, this salad is drenched with honey, fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper. Simple but deliriously delicious.
#4: Roasted Veggies Salad
Mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, shallots, horseradish, parsley and lettuce come together in this vibrant appetizer. Bake the ingredients in 1/4 cup olive oil, sprinkled with spices and dress it up with honey and red-wine vinegar.
#5: Hearts Salad
Fourteen ounces of both hearts of palm and artichoke take the spotlight in this refreshing Thanksgiving recipe. Mix in parsley, tomatoes, mesclun and drench with dijon mustard, extra virgin oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Thanksgiving Recipes Part II: Soups
#6: Butternut Squash Soup
This Thanksgiving recipe may seem basic, but its flavor remains a classic and will never get old. This simple soup can be easily done in no time, with easy-to-remember ingredients that could easily be accessible in your pantry. Try the recipe here.
#7: Carrot and Cream Soup
A decadent bowl of chicken stock, coconut milk ginger, carrots and cilantro make up the flavors of this dish. Onions, coriander and cumin add a kick of spice, as well as a sliced jalapeno, if you prefer. Cover with creme fraiche for garnish and chill before serving.
#8: Curry Squash Soup
The colors of the autumn mux well in this upgraded version of the butternut squash soup. Add in coconut flakes, apples, and curry for that extraordinary thick texture. Top off with diced banana or bread.
#9: Parsnip and Vanilla Soup
This soup might steal your guests’ hearts away. White chocolate chips mixed with vanilla bean and two pounds of parsnip is glazed by croutons, heavy cream and fresh dill leaves. Who says chocolate is just meant for desserts? See the recipe here.
#10: Split Pea Soup
Combine yellow onions, carrots, potatoes, oregano and green peas to make this delightful dish. Simmer in chicken stock and watch the flavors merge and the vegetables tender. Serve with sliced bread or topped with croutons.
Thanksgiving Recipes Part III: Bread
#11: Parker House Rolls
Perk up your breadbasket with this all-time favorite. Made with yeast, sugar, unsalted butter, eggs and milk, your homemade rolls will go perfectly with the rest of your menu. Brush with egg whites for that extra glaze. Best served when hot. Cover with sea salt and pepper.
#12: Cornbread Muffins
This filling bread is made with buttermilk and eggs and can be eaten on its own or topped with cream and fruits.
#13: Herb and Cheese Rolls
Refreshing wafts of organic spices come together in this rich, cheesy bread that will surely be the family’s favorite! Try the recipe here.
#14: Buttermilk Biscuits
This easy-to-nibble dish is savory and simple at the same time. To upgrade your usual buttermilk recipe, add sharp cheddar and chives for an extra zing.
#15: Potato Bread
A gluten-free version fit for the organic enthusiasts, this recipe makes use of the starch from cooked potato. The result: crusty exterior and soft inside, perfect for your Thanksgiving Day sandwiches! View the recipe here.
Thanksgiving Recipes Part IV: Main Course
#16: The Thanksgiving Turkey
Ah, the star of the night: a perfectly roasted turkey stuffed with thyme, garlic, onions and lemon. The aroma simmers from the oven as soon as it is cooked. Imagine the oohs and aahs as you place this dish at the center of the table!
#17: Princely Potato Casserole
An instant charmer, this potato casserole will surely bring smiles to your guests. Who wouldn’t love sweet potatoes, mixed with milk, vanilla, salt and eggs, then topped off with broccoli, bean sprouts and beets? Alternatively, you can replace the garnish with chopped pecans, butter and sugar for a sweeter version.
#18: Pumpkin Puree Pasta
Let the kids and adults swoon over this handsome pasta recipe, which includes the fall favorite: pumpkin. Cook your pumpkin puree in chicken stock and add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped sausage and parmesan cheese. A sure crowd pleaser, this dish will impress everyone, from your little nephew to your rock star dad.
#19: Honey Roasted Ham
Who says it’s too early for ham? This sweet, savory dish can be a perfect replacement to your turkey (just in case anything goes wrong). Do one on your own! Purchase a cured ham and stud it with cloves as you score thread around it. Glaze it for a few times and roast it in the oven for 45 minutes. In dire need of the recipe? Visit this page.
#20: Sourdough with Parmesan and Leeks
Take the route away from the norm and cave into this delicious vegetarian dish on the holiday season. Whisk eggs, parmesan cheese and chicken stock before adding the toasted bread and leeks. Bake and serve hot.
There you go – 20 Thanksgiving recipes that will be surefire hits to your family gathering. Make sure to create wonderful memories with your favorite people; record videos, take photos and remember to be thankful for their company this season of gratitude.