OMG, I LOVE Thanksgiving and my 11 year old says it's his FAVORITE holiday because he loves the food so much! LOL
Here are my side dishes this year (and most years), just bigger this year since we are having over 12 people to serve.
Green beans with lemon and almonds
Brussell sprouts with tarragon
Cranberry Pear Chutney
Pomegranate seeds with sauted small onions
Whipped sweet potatoes with nutmeg
Mesclun salad with a ginger dressing with chopped dates and goat cheese
Other sides: Winter squash rolls, Cranberry and Ginger Cornbread stuffing, Gingered pumpkin soup with apples and cinnamon, Herb Roasted turkey with gravy
Desserts: Autumn Trife, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Chocolate Tart, homemade ice cream
Everything is from scratch. I can't STAND store- bought foods, especially for holidays!
I know last year we had a lot of new things. From what I remember we had mashed potatoes, string beans, sweet potato casserole, acorn squash, broccoli quiche, chestnut stuffing, sausage stuffing, shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms. Before this we have the usual Italian antipasto (different cheeses, meats, breads, etc.) and for dessert we usually have Apple Brown Betty (Which my sister will usually make, YUM!), and Italian pastries.
we always have roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fresh green beans (hate green bean casserole, the kind with the fried onions on top... ick!) fresh baked bread or rolls, and some kind of yams... last year we also had acorn sqaush, baked and stuffed with cinnimon apples... home made by my brother in law and very, very good.
It's just my mom and I and we aren't really big eaters. We usually make cornish hens and 2 sides. Last year we tried some new ones and they were great! I think this year we're going to make stuffing- I've never had it. I know, a 22 year old stuffing virgin!
* mushroom, spinach, and cheese bake
Does anyone have an over-the-top gravy recipe? That is my all time favorite thing, and we always cheat using William Sonoma gravy base and it just isn't the same!