It was really important to me that I start a new Thanksgiving tradition as a newly wed. What I did not consider was that this is my first Thanksgiving where I am solely responsible for the menu. This year, while I still planned to stop by my parents house, I was on my own. I considered several ideas but what seemed the most “us” was to mix a traditional Thanksgiving menu with the flavors we enjoy from around the world without curving appeal for our guests who stopped by expecting turkey and carbs. This is my fresh Thanksgiving menu for the year and it’s certainly not short of carbs and flavor. From a German breakfast plan all the way to Thai curried squash, I looked to the champion food bloggers to offer recipes that were sure to delight!
With the high chance that relatives have convinced you to allow the family to crash at your place, you may be faced with a Thanksgiving Day breakfast demand. It’s not at all a pain! In fact, it’s a chance to get everyone powered up for a day of laughter, stories, and perhaps endless movies. Stick to a light, healthy game plan that won’t weigh down your players too early in the day. With my German roots, I suggest a traditional German pancake recipe from The Girl Inspired that can never disappoint. You’ll encounter a fluffy and sweet oven pancake that is topped with powdered sugar and you can easily add apple sauce as topping.
Since you have a feast already in the works, stick to something that will keep your guests content and hopeful for the meal ahead. You can layout a delicious salad like this Apple Gouda Salad recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. Pair it with a simple spread with cheeses, fruit variety, and thin sliced meat selection. It gives everyone the option to eat as they please without indulging too early in the day.
The holidays call for vibrant celebration and your drink menu should not be overlooked! You probably already have a favorite holiday cocktail to get everyone in the holiday spirit, however it’s common that many guests may prefer the sober approach. Mocktails are perfect if you have youth attending your Thanksgiving Day get-together or if you have pregnant guests. Even if you don’t, non-alcoholic drink selections have a way of keeping all interactions free of stress and tension. Cranberry Cider Punch recipe from How Sweet Eats will totally hit the spot.
Main Course & Dinner
It’s time to dig in! The turkey is often considered the best part of the evening, and while for some that may be the case, have fun with your side dishes. Consider this Roast Turkey recipe from A Family Feast as a great option. Don’t stop there! You’ll find that people will be clawing for the side dishes just as much as they want the turkey. You can keep a traditional flavor palette and offer a unique selection with Parmesean Crusted Butternut Galette recipe from How Sweet Eats.
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Now, do not go gentle into that good Thanksgiving night. Enjoy!