Happy Monday everyone! For the 3+ yrs that I have been blogging, I have never done a recipe round-up. I thought that a round-up would be nice for Thanksgiving to give my new readers some opportunity to see some favorite recipes from the past. My family tends to be on the conservative side, so yes, I have a couple of picky eaters too that we have to please :) But here is the list of some of my favorite recipes that would make an appearance at least once between now till the end of the year. I normally stick with a couple of tried and true traditional side dish, and have a couple of new ones that my family may enjoy.
My family always try to have a turkey on the table. After all, this is the only time of the year that we will have the whole bird on the table. This Perfect Roasted Turkey was the classic take that we normally go back to.
Mashed potatoes is a must at our house, and we usually make tons of them, no matter how many people we feed. Try this Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, a new favorite at my house, if you have never added buttermilk into your potatoes. You may find a new favorite that your family may love.
You got leftover mashed potatoes? Try these Fried Mashed Potato Balls. Oh. My. God. You may want to whip up extra mashed potatoes just to have these yummy treats laying around afterward. Be prepared to be covered in grease too while frying them. But it will be worth it!
I love gratins. It is tough to fight for the oven space, but I love this Cauliflower Gratin, and everyone seems to love it. I have substituted other veggies (like carrots, broccoli, or the combination of a couple different veggies). It doesn’t disappoint.
I fell in love with Brussels sprouts last year, so if it were just me and my hubby (and our daughter), we would have have them on the dinner table. (I told you that I have picky eaters to get along too) I love these Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Last year, I loved the Brussels Sprouts Lardon, which includes dried cranberries and bacon bits (yum…bacon!). You can’t go wrong with either recipes.
Apple pie is another one that we must have. All conversation about dessert always starts at “We’ll have apple pie… and what else?” So here goes my Fave Apple Pie. The true-and tried crust and pie recipes that I now love and insist my family to use. No soggy/tough crust… just a perfect slice of pie, one after another.
Finally, I think this year, we’re going to have this Pecan Pie on the menu.
A couple other items on my menu this year:
Green Bean Casserole (from scratch). I just realized that I have never posted the recipe before, but I basically make a basic white sauce to top my blanched/sauteed green beans. I made this last year, and was very impressed at how delicious it was.
Sweet Potatoes Casserole. I am probably going to do something similar to this Autumn-Sweet Potato Apple Bake.
And here are some Thanksgiving-inspired recipes that caught my eyes from my blogger friends that are worth checking out:
Maple Cranberry Tangerine Pecan Sauce from Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama (oh yeah, I want a big ladle of that on top of my sliced turkey!)
Bourbon Pear Pecan Stuffing from Jessica at the Jey of Cooking (I am sure this will put the regular boxed stuffing to shame)
Pumpkin Pie for One from Geri at the Sweet and Crumby (My hubby and I are the only two people in our family who seems to love pumpkin pie, so this is a great recipe if you only want to make a single or double serving!)
Garlic Herb Braid from Courtney at Misadventures of Cooking (I’d love a big fat slice lathered with garlic butter, because I can never have enough garlic!)
Cranberry Nut Rolls from Tracey at Tracey’s Culinary Adventure (This is something that is on my to-bake list forever, so hopefully I’d get around to making it soon)
If you still have energy and appetite for a special breakfast or brunch the day after Thanksgiving, try these yummy items:
Asparagus and Ham Quiche (great recipe to use up leftover!)
I hope everyone is having an awesome Thanksgiving’s Holiday with your loved ones, friends and families!!