Thursday, November 17, 2011

My 20 Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Backlit Turkey

Exactly one week from today, 90% of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by gobbling nearly 700 million pounds of turkey. With the overwhelming number of turkey hotlines and tutorials already available, I'm here to share something more important -- Thanksgiving sides and desserts. I've culled my archives and freelance pieces and have chosen my favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share. I hope some of them become favorites in your house as well.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Please share! 

Appetizers, Sauces, Soups, and Salads:

sweet, spicy, nutty Thanksgiving popcorn!

Thanksgiving Popcorn! (above)

Spicy Rosemary Nuts

Spiced Persimmon and Pecan Muffins (published in Cooking Light)

Savory Butternut Squash Muffins with Apples, Caramelized Onions, and Cheddar Cheese

Homemade Cranberry, Raisin, and Walnut Apple Sauce

Cranberry, Pineapple, and Walnut Relish (published on Food52)

velvety butternut squash and chestnut soup

Velvety Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup (above)

Roasted Purple Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Dandelion, Persimmon, and Medjool Date Salad (below)

dandelion, persimmon, and Medjool date salad


Southern-Style Greens: Collards with Ham Hock (published on NPR's Kitchen Window)

Roasted Kabocha Squash with an Orange-Honey Glaze

Roasted Root Vegetables with Pomegranate Molasses and Rosemary (below)

roasted root vegetables with pomegranate molasses and rosemary

Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots (published in Cooking Light)

Minted Apple and Almond Stuffed Carnival Squash

String Beans with Prosciutto, Pine Nuts, and Meyer Lemon (below)

Green beans with prosciutto, pinenuts, and Meyer lemon


Best Ever Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Fresh Fig, Walnut, and Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Maple and Pecans

Pumpkin Pie Pudding (published in Cooking Light, courtesy photo below)

Turkey photo credit, FCC, ingridtaylar.