It’s officially “turkey week” and I thought instead of posting recipes for weeknight meals, it would be more beneficial to recommend Thanksgiving dishes that you can make for the upcoming holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to gather, reflect and cook like crazy, and in order to do that, I thought I would provide a little inspiration. The turkey part of the meal is probably the most uninteresting, however there are some clever ways to prepare it, such as cooking the bird in an oven bag, or slicing out the backbone, and roasting it spatchcocked outside on the grill. However, there are certainly some easier substitutions if you want to skip the whole bird all together. I have some delicious meals using ground turkey that I think you’ll find scrumptious, if you haven’t already; like my turkey meatballs prepared in a variety of ways, turkey meatloaf in a spicy tomato glaze, or my turkey burgers with a spiced pear compote, if you are enticed to go that route. There’s nothing wrong with changing up your menu on Thanksgiving, that’s what makes it so fun.
As far as side dishes and desserts, I have so many to choose from, but some favorites of mine just shouldn’t be missed like my cornbread, sausage and apple dressing, green chili cheese corn muffins, or my boozy orange-cranberry sauce. Pie is first and foremost on the dessert table, and my pumpkin ricotta tart is one of my most popular recipes on my blog. I hope all of you have a good week planning and prepping your turkey day menu. If you have any questions, please send me an email, or direct message on Instagram @genabellrecipes. Have a happy turkey week!
Monday – Brussels sprouts are my favorite green vegetable to prepare on Thanksgiving and this maple-mustard sauced recipe with flecks of bacon won’t disappoint.
Tuesday – These mashed potatoes will dazzle your guests because the crispy shallots on top add so much texture and additional flavor.
Wednesday – I usually bake pies the day before Thanksgiving, and with this recipe you can prepare it one-day ahead, and whip up the meringue in the morning, so it stays light and airy.
Thursday – My roasted lemon, spinach & artichoke dip is always a hit on Thanksgiving. You can prepare it ahead the night before, and pop it into the oven, or toaster oven, before the guests arrive.
Friday – It’s all about using up those leftovers today and let’s start with breakfast. This benedict is darn-right crazy good. The cranberry chipotle hollandaise is mind blowing, and easy to prepare.
Saturday – It wouldn’t be post-Thanksgiving without a big bowl of turkey & wild rice soup, now would it?