It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Where has this year gone?! I am SO excited to share the holiday season with Evelyn and spend some quality time with our friends and family.
We are hosting this year and while I plan to keep things pretty traditional, I also want to add a few new twists. Don’t get me wrong, I love turkey and stuffing, but I think it’s nice to have a few new items on the table as well!
Whether you are hosting or just in charge of bringing a dish to your gathering, I’ve got you covered! Check out the links below for some of my favorite holiday dishes.
Let’s start with appetizers. Since these are not the highlight of the meal, I think simplicity is key (appetizers that can be made several days in advance are even better!). I also like to keep things as light and healthy as possible so guests don’t ruin their appetite before we even sit down for dinner. A cheese board is one of my go-to appetizers when entertaining, but I like to have 1-2 more bites. Here are some of my favorite options:
Thanksgiving side dishes usually include stuffing, potatoes, bread or rolls, and vegetables. I know veggie sides are generally not the shining stars of the meal, but I love them and find them absolutely necessary. I also think it’s nice to include a whole grain side dish such as the farro salad below. And I know some of you may be rolling your eyes with the thought of including a kale salad at the Thanksgiving table, but it would balance out the meal nicely!
It’s no secret that I am a bread lover and while I haven’t ventured into making homemade rolls yet, I do love making garlic herb compound butter to go with the rolls I buy from our local bakery.
This can be made several days in advance! Simply combine 8 Tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature with 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil, 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill, 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Keep this mixture in the refrigerator if making in advance, but allow it to come to room temperature before serving so it’s easier to spread.
And now for the grand finale- dessert! Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving must in our family, but here are two other seasonal desserts that would be wonderful options:
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. We have so much to be thankful for this year 🙂