For most of us, our Thanksgiving menu is based on tradition. Next Thursday is not a day to try out a bunch of new recipes on the family. Although it can’t hurt to try out one (or two) new recipes. You never know when a new recipe is going to become part of your family’s favorite food memories. Anyway, since I will be mostly making dishes I’ve made several times before, I thought I would share some of my tried and true Thanksgiving recipes.
This is probably the first dish I ever made for a Thanksgiving dinner. It actually started with a similar dish I saw Martha Stewart make, but this version has more flavor. The dried cherries really help to cut the tartness of the cranberries, and this is one of those dishes where I am often asked to share the recipe. It’s super easy, not a lot harder than opening a can!
I grew up in the Midwest, and we always made dressing with white bread. My husband is from the South, so my mother-in-law makes cornbread stuffing. I gotta say, cornbread stuffing is better. We also lived in Louisiana for a little bit, and we always like to add a little Cajun flavor to our food when we can. Therefore, this is the dressing recipe I have settled on, and it is a big hit with my family.
OK, here’s where my Midwestern roots win out. I do not care about sweet potatoes (although I might roast some this year), but it’s not a proper Thanksgiving meal without mashed potatoes. These mashed potatoes are ridiculous. But I only make them once a year, right? Make your life easier and make them in a slow cooker.
So there are some of my favorite, standard dishes, and here are a couple of new ones, I am thinking about trying:
I would love to hear from you about your favorite Thanksgiving recipes!
I will be busy next week cooking and cleaning and then enjoying the holiday with my family. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving too! I’ll be back the following week. Take care!