Roasted turkey, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce… these are just a few of our favorite things about Thanksgiving dinner. To inspire you to entertain family and friends this Thanksgiving, here is a round-up of delicious Thanksgiving recipes that everyone will be grateful for this year.
Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes
Main Dish Ideas for Thanksgiving
While the main star for most Thanksgiving meals is a roasted turkey (which, of course, we love!), there are a variety of delectable main dishes that you can also prepare. Prime rib, pork loin, or filet mignon and lobster are all suitable main dishes that can be served for Thanksgiving dinner.
For our vegetarian readers, skip the Tofurkey and stick with sumptuous vegetable-based dishes like a meatless meatloaf (using hearty chickpeas and nutritious vegan ingredients).
Side Dish Ideas for Thanksgiving
When it comes to side dishes, opt for a few tried-and-true traditional Thanksgiving recipes (like crowd-pleasing mashed sweet potatoes and a cheesy green bean casserole). To add a modern spin to Thanksgiving dinner, get creative by whipping up a couple unexpected dishes that are bursting with flavor (such as a farro salad with toasted pecans, feta, and dried cherries or balsamic roasted brussels sprouts). The ideal array includes a mix savory and sweet side dishes, appealing to different guests’ based on their personal preferences.
Dessert Ideas for Thanksgiving
Since one of the best parts about Thanksgiving dinner is dessert-time, here’s where you can show-off your baking skills. Homemade apple pie with a flaky crust, decadent pecan pie with whipped cream on top, and even an incredible coconut-pumpkin chiffon pie.
Drink Ideas for Thanksgiving
Since wine is an ideal choice of beverage for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s advisable to offer guests both white and red wine, depending on their preference. If you are serving a traditional Roasted Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, Carmel Valley Winemaker & Co-Founder of Joyce Vineyards, Russell Joyce says that your best wine pairing option is a “Pinot Noir, (as) it’s a number one all-around pairing with Turkey. Turkey has a subtle flavor and can easily be overpowered by bold wines such as Cabernet. This is why a delicate and feminine wine such as Pinot noir pairs perfectly.”
However, if you want to serve both Red and White wines for Thanksgiving, Joyce recommends that “White wines chosen for Thanksgiving should generally have a nice kick of acidity and even possibly a hint of sweetness. German Riesling or Austrian Grüner Veltliner are both great options as they can have a subtle fruit/sweet component while having bright acidity on the back end of the palate which finishes clean and fresh.” Read Joyce’s other wine pairing ideas on Inspirations & Celebrations to learn which varietals pair best with different dishes.
Aside from wine, you can even offer a signature cocktail to guests to spice things up. Here are a few harvest cocktail recipes that are crowd-pleasers for Thanksgiving.
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