Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

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Kicked Up Macaroni and Cheese

Kicked Up Macaroni and Cheese – If you enjoy a little variety on your Thanksgiving table and want a break from more traditional side dishes, then try this incredibly rich and flavorful mac and cheese.  Apparently, mac and cheese goes back to the 1300‘s, so maybe it’s more traditional than we think.  😉 Chorizo sausage, roasted poblano peppers, a bit of heat, and three different cheeses gives this dish a unique twist with the layering and complexity of flavors.  It will be difficult to go back to basic mac and cheese after trying this recipe.

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Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken with Herbs

Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken with Herbs – One has to assume that most holiday tables will be graced with a roasted turkey or turkey prepared in some fashion, however, some of you may choose to prepare and serve an alternative main course.  Standing Rib Roast comes to mind or a whole tenderloin of beef or a baked ham, but you also can’t rule out a perfectly roasted chicken.  This method of preparation created an incredibly moist and delightfully flavorful bird.  It would pair well with any of the side dishes above.  If you’re not a turkey fan or prefer chicken, then I suggest trying this recipe for something a bit more celebratory than regular roasted chicken.

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Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream – No Thanksgiving table would be complete without pumpkin pie.   This recipe is made from scratch using a homemade pie crust and fresh pumpkin.  Of course, you can substitute canned pumpkin, but if you have the time, make it with the fresh pumpkin.  It really does have a unique flavor.  Fairytale and Sugar pie pumpkins are my favorite ones to use when baking.  BTW, don’t forget the Bourbon Whipped Cream.  It adds a nice subtle boozy touch to the dessert.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie

Bourbon Pecan Pie – Is there a theme here?  Bourbon is definitely an ingredient that shows up in many dishes in the South and since we live in Georgia, I use a lot of bourbon.  Adding just a touch of alcohol or liqueur to recipes gives them an unrivaled flavor and often takes them from ordinary to extraordinary.  I used Maker’s Mark in this recipe, but your favorite bourbon will work as well.  You definitely want family and friends to remember your pecan pie, so try this recipe this year.  The flavors in this pie are wonderful enveloped in a beautiful flaky crust prepared with lard.  As it should be.  Shhh….we won’t tell.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Two Chocolate Sauces

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Two Chocolate Sauces – If pies and bourbon don’t top your list of favorites, but chocolate does, then this recipe is for you.  Superb and perfect to serve for a holiday gathering, this recipe is from the original home of decadence, the city of New Orleans.  Prepared from a recipe in Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood cookbook, chocoholics will delight in this rich custard bread pudding made with chocolate chips and then served with a duo of white and dark chocolate sauces.  Pure heaven.  What else can I say?

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Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown – And what will you do with those turkey leftovers??  Of course, there’s the ever popular cold turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving, mom’s turkey casserole, and the proverbial turkey soup.  But why settle for those?  How about the unexpected and one more reason to promise yourself another trip to the gym.  The Kentucky Hot Brown.  Thick slices of Texas Toast topped with roasted turkey breast, crispy bacon, and fresh tomato slices covered and then baked in a rich and creamy cheese sauce.  The absolute best use of turkey leftovers.  Ever.

If you are looking for any other recipes for your holiday gathering, please look through the recipe archives on this site.  There are a number of other dishes and desserts that would be ideal to serve this Thanksgiving.

On another note, please stay tuned for more about our trip to Arizona and our most recent journey to Europe where we traveled along the Rhine River from Switzerland to the Netherlands.  If you are looking for travel inspiration and a reason to take your own special journey, you will be very interested in what we found abroad.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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