Thanksgiving is upon us and it means that it’s time to think about whether you want to go with a traditional menu or try something more peculiar this year. Regardless of what you choose – simple starters, salads, side dishes, and turkey or upgraded vegan and vegetarian options of these menu items, there are things that should always be on your Thanksgiving dinner table. If you are still wondering how to make a picture-perfect Thanksgiving feast for your loved ones, here are 10 foods that should definitely be on your table this Thanksgiving Day.
Now some people may argue that starters aren’t a necessary part of the Thanksgiving menu, but I bet to disagree. There’s nothing better than teasing your guests and loved ones with some scrumptious bites before the main course comes in and leaves everyone speechless. Corn is one of the classic ingredients to use in your Thanksgiving menu, so why not prepare some corn fritters? They are light, yummy, and take very little time to prepare.
Butter-and-Herb Roast Turkey
Turkey is definitely the main course and a centrepiece of your Thanksgiving dinner. Going with butter and seasonal herbs is the best way to impress everyone with natural aroma and delicious taste that is all about autumn. Fresh thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, and some oranges to add a piquant note…it’s a simple recipe that is bound to leave everyone satisfied!
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Sweet potatoes and marshmallows…is there a more classic combination for a Thanksgiving Day? Once you’ve got your starters and main course all figured out, it’s time to add some side dishes and I must say it’s these seemingly less important food items that form your dinner’s atmosphere. You can go light or a bit heavy with warmer foods if it’s cold outside. You can get all spicy or vegetarian…the choice is yours! You can start with a traditional option and prepare a finger-licking sweet potato casserole with marshmallows.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Spices, butter, olive oil, and Brussels sprouts – mix, bake, and serve! Yep, it’s that easy and, believe it or not, incredibly tasty. Brussels sprouts taste a bit meh when they are all mushy, but if you make them crispy – oh, the taste will really surprise you! This recipe goes very well as a side dish for your festive Turkey.
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without cranberry sauce. It is the ultimate side dish and believe me when I say it people will be expecting to see it on the table whether they admit it or not. It’s just one of those things that goes without saying. In a way, it is just as important as Turkey! They do match perfectly, by the way.
Classic Herb Stuffing
Nothing says Thanksgiving Day like the old-fashioned stuffing recipe. Prepared with veggies and fresh herbs like parsley, celery, and sage, this classic recipe is easy to make and will complement any dish on your festive table. Some people may argue that stuffings are a thing of old and there’s no need to cook something that is so outdated, but if you want to get your Thanksgiving table right – find the most inspiring stuffing recipe and get started!
Okay, you’ve got all your main courses and side dishes mapped out, so not it’s time to prepare some sweet deliciousness. A gentle mix of tender pumpkin and crispy cookies is something your guests will be talking about for hours (or maybe even days!) later. Serve with whipped cream, cookies, and pecans. It’s a hearty recipe that will make your guests feel right at home.
Apple Blossom Tart
As far as desserts go, sometimes the easier the better. This simple blossom apple tart is the perfect taste of autumn and is great no matter how you look at it – it tastes amazing, it’s crispy with heavy hints of cinnamon, the sweet creamy filling melts in your mouth, and the apples are gentle and taste heavenly. Make sure you serve it cold with some yummy fall-inspired drinks.
Carrot Ginger Lemonade
Give your guests a vitamin boost by serving this cool-looking vibrant carrot ginger lemonade. No one will be expecting this burst of colour in the end of November, so you’ll be making everyone happy on more than just one level. You need to think about Thanksgiving drinks as well to wash down all that yumminess you’ve prepared. Serve this lemonade with ice cubes, peeled ginger, carrot, and some maple syrup.
Pumpkin Space Latte
Is there anything better than wrapping up your festive dinner with some homemade pumpkin spice latte? I hardly think so. Forget about shops, cafes, and restaurants where you’ve tried this drink because once you prepare it at home – you won’t be able to drink it anywhere else! With fresh pumpkin puree, 100% organic ingredients, and maple syrup instead of sugar, it will be love from first sip!