A successful Thanksgiving is all about the small touches. OH SURE, we all talk turkey leading up to the big day, but this glorious meal is made extra special by serving and showcasing ALL the elements of this feast.
The good news is, those extra special recipes don’t have to be extra hard. Here are ten dishes that your guests will surely cause your guests to pat their bellies and wish they had room for just one more bite…and possibly their stretchy pants.
Sherbet Church Punch
This punch is a HUGE hit at our family gatherings. Sweet and tart, it’s a great drink for kids and kids-at-heart!
Fruit Infused Water
Serving a crisp fruit-infused water is a nice way to serve something refreshing and healthy to your guests, and it cuts down on the need to buy a half-dozen varieties of soda. Everyone like water.
Appetizer: Cheese Plate
A cheese plate is the perfect appetizer for a big affair like Thanksgiving because it requires no cooking, guests can pick and choose their favorites, and it looks impressive.
Avocado Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Dip your fresh veggie sticks into something fresh, unexpected, and full of healthy fats. No one will know you bought those veggies pre-cut if you serve them on a fancy chilled divided serving tray.
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
A hearty salad full of seasonal flavors? Sign us up. A big green salad looks even more impressive on a platter tucked amongst the often muted potato, stuffing, and bread offerings at the table.
Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs
A good brine makes all the difference when it comes to cooking a moist and delicious turkey. We’ve cooked turkeys in the oven, in an electric roaster, and in a smoker and regardless of the cooking method, the brine is the key!
Turkey Gravy Made from Pan Drippings
Does making gravy intimidate you? Follow along as Alton Brown shows you how to make gravy from the liquid gold leftover from roasting your turkey. You’re going to need a gravy boat to show off your newfound gravy-making skills.
Your kitchen is packed with extra ingredients like cranberries, garlic, and fresh herbs. Whip up a little flavored butter to slather on your dinner rolls and your guests will think you’ve slaved for days…which, if you’re hosting, is very likely true.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Say that five-times-fast. Not everyone goes nuts for pie. Surprise your cake-loving guests with a seasonal treat just for them. Bonus points for showing it off under the dome of a glistening cake stand!
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Perhaps you’re sensing a theme. We like our pumpkin paired with chocolate and this recipe is one we look forward to all year long.
Thanksgiving Coloring Placemats
Okay, so while this isn’t technically a recipe, we’ll tell you that a table set with crayons is guaranteed recipe for FUN. No one (not even your cranky uncle) can resist doodling these placemats.