A day in advance, puree a big batch of mushroom soup. Reheat before the soiree and fill small bowls or shot glasses with it. For the final homemade component, set out platters of crunchy toasts slathered in rich onion spread. Supplement these dishes with smoked salmon, an assortment of your favorite cheeses, and nuts or olives from a local market. To look at my recipe recommendations keep reading.
Every year on Thanksgiving, there are certain beloved dishes that simply have to be on the table. They're tradition, and it wouldn't be the same without Bronwyn's sweet potatoes or Elena's orange cranberry sauce. But while I'm all for keeping some items, I love experimenting with new menu additions. It ensures that your family members and guests won't be bored. If you're looking for inspiring recipes to jazz up your usual Thanksgiving dinner, I've rounded up our best suggestions. From appetizers to vegetarian mains, there's something for everyone.
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Since the weather is still gorgeous, the turkey will be grilled to a succulent and smoky perfection. As for the sides? Raw kale and avocado salad is unexpected; sourdough bread stuffing with celery and mushrooms and make-ahead baked mashed potatoes (made with butter and milk from my hometown creamery, Clover) round out the menu. Interested in these recipes? Read more to check them out.
- Start by choosing a theme. Traditional, bold and flavorful, Southern: the possibilities for a menu's theme are endless!
- Search a wide range of sources for recipes that match your theme.
- Know your guests. If one friend is allergic to peanuts and another is a vegetarian, respect these dietary needs by serving dishes that everyone can enjoy.
- Several vegetarians in attendance? Think about serving a vegetable entree that's a hearty alternative to turkey.
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We'll start with homemade queso and fish tacos. The queso pairs well with tortilla chips and icy cold beer. Thanks to Giada De Laurentiis's creativity, the fish tacos are miniature! For the main course, I'll grill turkey burgers with chipotle salsa. Yum! Mixed greens tossed with pico de gallo are on the side. Interested in the recipes I'll be using? Read them after the break.
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What will we be making? Peach-rosemary jam and classic dill pickles! If this sounds like fun to you, check out these recipes, after the break.