It is hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is a little over a week away! It is early this year, and it really caught me (and my mom) off guard! Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday because it is literally all about food. He honestly starts talking about it in September and wants to discuss what we are having with my mom. My mom does most of the cooking, but I am in charge of dessert.
Have you finalized your menu yet? If not, I’ve got some suggestions! Now, I am not tackling turkey, but we are talking sides and desserts. One of my personal favorites is this squash casserole that my family has been having for as long as I can remember. It is SO good. Here are some other ideas:
If you are wanting a quick and yummy appetizer, you can’t go wrong with cheese bread. My mom used to make a recipe similar to this (LONG before the days of Pinterest) and we couldn’t get enough of it.
It is my personal belief that you cannot have Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes (and gravy). It is a key factor in the Thanksgiving meal. I know some people are all about the sweet potatoes, but not me. Give me mashed potatoes with my turkey.
We have this almost every year. It is delicious and couldn’t be easier. I really love these. I could eat a whole sheet pan of them.
I love spinach, and we eat a lot of it. Creamed spinach is delicious, and this lightened up version is really good. Sure, Thanksgiving isn’t about watching what you eat, but why not save some calories with a lightened up version of a recipe. That means you can have double dessert, right?
I love roasting veggies, and it is something I do quite often. So a nice pan of roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts (with bacon!) is a perfect and easy side for Thanksgiving! Also as a side note – Taste of Home has incredible recipes, which is where this one is from. I highly recommend you spend some time browsing there.
My job is to bring dessert, and every year I make Martha Stewart’s apple pie. It is extremely time consuming and also challenging but it is worth it.
Another dessert I love to make for Thanksgiving is Paula Dean’s pumpkin bars. Now I know she had her big fall from grace, but her pumpkin bars are seriously delicious. I don’t like pumpkin – no pumpkin pie for me thank you very much – but these aren’t super pumpkin-y and the cream cheese icing is amazing!
So tell me about your Thanksgiving – are you the one that does the majority of the cooking? Do you just bring something along? What are you having this year?