Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and ten honorable mentions!)

My ten favorite Thanksgiving recipes
My ten favorite Thanksgiving recipes, plus ten honorable mentions!

(Updated 2013)  Thanksgiving is almost here, and it's time to narrow down your menu!  I love Thanksgiving, both the idea of giving thanks for our lives of abundance and also the wonderful food that's enjoyed on that day.   For the last nine Novembers now I've been testing recipes that might be good for Thanksgiving and adding them to my list of Thanksgiving Recipes if they make the cut!  My standards are pretty high about what shows up on the blog, so when I try to make a list of all-time favorites for Thanksgiving it's not easy to narrow it down to just the top ten favorites you see here.  In the end I couldn't pick just ten, so I had to include ten "honorable mentions" which are also great recipes.

Let's start with these 100% Whole Wheat Stuffing muffins.  I've made these the last few years, and I'm making them again this year.  I don't mind skipping potatoes to make room for a couple of these.

New this year, I absolutely loved this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions with Feta.

I can tell when it's getting close to Thanksgiving by the visits to this recipe from 2009 for Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan; I'm not crazy about this photo but it's all over Pinterest now so I don't dare change it!

I describe this Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie as being a cross between cheesecake and pumpkin pie, and I'm going to be making it again this year.

My family doesn't have too many brussels sprouts fans, but I'm making this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans for those who do like brussels sprouts.

I probably can't skip this Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan without protests from some of my family members, who think this is *the* vegetable to have for Thanksgiving. 

Another recipe I loved this year is Thanksgiving Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Pecans, and this can be made earlier in the day and stirred together at diner time.

A few years ago, I swooned over my friend Trina's Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime, and Jalapeno, and this is now a "must have" Thanksgiving recipe for me.

I love every recipe for fresh green beans that's listed with the Thanksgiving recipes, but if I had to pick my favorite it would be these Lemony Green Beans, with both lemon juice and lemon zest.

Finally, it's an old photo, but for Thanksgiving I still love this Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese.

Ten More Honorable Mention Thanksgiving Favorites:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin

Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac

Green Apple, Celery, and Walnut Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

Low-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes

Arugula, Red Grape, and Shaved Manchego Salad

Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Barely-Blanched Broccoli Salad with Feta and Fried Almonds

What's on the Menu at Your House?
Please share in the comments about what's on the menu at your house this year, and if you've tried any of my Thanksgiving favorites, I'd love to hear about how you liked them.  And of course, there are lots more ideas in the Thanksgiving Recipes if you still haven't spotted the one you're looking for!
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Pam said...

They all look good, especially the squash.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Great selection of recipes -- I'm reconsidering my menu now and might have to make a swap or two with something from this list.

Jeanette said...

I would love to be invited to your house for Thanksgiving! Everything looks fabulous, such a nice spread.

Kalyn said...

Thanks Pam. I hate winter but I love winter squash!

Lydia, you must make the cranberry salsa!

Jeanette, would love to have you come; any time. (As if your family would let you leave at Thanksgiving, ha!)

Katie said...

They all look wonderful - makes me want to do Thanksgiving. Maybe I will, not the turkey, can't get those until Christmas, just the sides. They're the best part anyway. LOL

Kalyn said...

Katie, I do agree completely that the side dishes are the best part. Happy Thanksgiving even if you're not officially celebrating.

Just a Fan of the Show said...

I am in love with...

Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime

They look beautiful, perfect size for a big dinner and just sound delicious! Hint: Would love to see that one added to your recipe file on eRecipecards!

What a wonderful roundup!


Kalyn said...

Hi Dave. Glad you like the round-up. I usually don't have time to go back and find photos to submit to eRecipecards, but since I just saved this photo for this the post, just submitted it!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Amazing round-up as usual, Kalyn! So many of those appeal to me! As much as I already have on my menu, I wish I could have more. Just have a bite of each thing, you know? One year we need to have a bloggers' Thanksgiving gathering. We could do it several days before or after Thanksiving or maybe mid-way between Thankgiving and Christmas. ;-) That might seem like too much, but we had our Thanksgiving luncheon at work this past week and I don't think anyone will mind having the real Thanksgiving meal--with many of the same dishes--on Thursday.


Kalyn said...

Shirley, I love the idea of having a bloggers' Thanksgiving get together! What a job organizing it, but it would sure be fun.

Pam said...

Drool, drool!! All looks yummy!

Barbara said...

We don't do Thanksgiving here. Thankfully. I cannot imagine cooking and eating a Thanksgiving and a Christmas Feast so close together. I love the green bean recipe.And I'm going to try the stuffing in muffin pans. Great idea Kalyn.

Kalyn said...

Thanks Pam!

Barbara, hope you enjoy the stuffing "muffins." Not many people here (at least where I live) have a big Christmas feast, more likely a nice brunch of just a lunch buffet in the afternoon so it's not so bad.

Becky at VintageMixer said...

I love the stuffing muffin cup ideas and all of your side dishes sounds amazing. Between you, Dara and I's blogs today we have a very delicious spread for a Thanksgiving table!

Kalyn said...

Becky I am making those stuffing muffins again this year. I was noticing all the good food on the Utah blogs; we should have our own Thanksgiving after party sometime and try each other's food! said...

Kalyn, I absolutely loved this whole post, but my two favorites are the stuffing in the muffin tin format, and the low sugar pumpkin cheesecake.

I rarely make desserts, and my husband doesn't care for cheesecake, BUT something tells me I should not care about either of these "issues' and try that recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!

Kalyn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I don't make or eat desserts all that often either, but there is just something about that pumpkin cheesecake that keeps me interested! said...

You know, Kalyn, I've always wanted to visit Utah... what was your address again? And will you be serving all of the above next week?! ;-)

Everything sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day!! xo

Kalyn Denny said...

Katerina, come on over! So glad you like the recipes.

bambi said...

I have so many coming from the little gran kids to the 80 year olds and heavens change traditions. Although this I'm adding your Roasted Green Bean & Mushroom dish plus the Green Bean blue cheese salad. Roasted Brussel Sprouts and as a kicker your Cranberry Salsa with Jalapeno's next along with my traditional but certainly labeled.

Kalyn Denny said...

Bambi, I know just what you mean. In my family everyone still wants the same dishes we had 20 years ago! Good for you for trying some new things; hope you enjoy!

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