A collection of our favorite holiday appetizers, sides and salads!
Thanksgiving has been a wee bit sad for the last six years, as half of our family is on the other side of the Atlantic. Our daughter Cait, her husband Josh and their little herd of four live in London, England. I’m not complaining though. We have the wonderful blessing of visiting them twice a year, and they’re usually home for Christmas and again in the summer. On top of that, we have another sweet family; our son Nick, his wife Lindsay and two adorable grandbabies within a 20 minute drive. Scott’s mom and dad are also close by. It’s just that Thanksgiving isn’t quite right without the whole clan together.
To liven things up a bit (and keep our minds off missing the missing loved ones), Lindsay and I decided to do something different this year. We’re trying all new Thanksgiving recipes, instead of the traditional dishes we serve every year for our turkey-day dinner. I’m in charge of the stuffing, sweet potatoes and biscuits. Lindsay will do cranberry sauce, a green veggie and a couple of desserts. Scott and Nick are going to be the turkey bosses and smoke a turkey breast on our Big Green Egg. I’m getting really excited about all the good food, and most importantly, setting aside a day to express thanks for all the abundant blessings and grace we’ve been lavished with.
I thought you might enjoy finding a new recipe or two for this special holiday too. So I’m popping in today to share some of our favorite holiday appetizers, sides and salads. If you can’t stray from the old family traditions, I totally understand. Some things are just too good to change. But, you might find something fun here for holiday parties or celebrations you might be planning. Let’s take a look!
Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta – you’ll hear oohs and aahs of delight when you pull these pretty little appetizers out. Make extra copies of the recipe, because everyone always wants it!
Autumnal Cheeseball – a fabulous, make-ahead appetizer with sharp cheddar cheese, fresh herbs, dried fruit and a splash of horseradish for zip! Yum!
Pomegranate Parsley and Pecan Cheeseball – light, fresh and fun – with a smidgen of garlic, a bit of fine lemon zest and lots of fresh herbs. It’s gorgeous too, and tends to make jaws drop!
Arugula, Pomegranate and Pear Salad – a beautiful salad that tastes even better than it looks. The Cider Poppy Seed Dressing is amazing!
Super Easy Crazy Delicious Cranberry Sauce – honestly the name says it all; there’s nothing ho-hum about it. It might even steal the show!
Make Ahead, Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes – eliminate the fuss of mashing potatoes at the last minute. Throw these delicious potatoes together the day before and just pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. So good!
Honey Maple Roasted Carrots – these are like candy! Everyone always wants second helpings, so make plenty! This recipe definitely transforms everyday carrots into something spectacular.
Roasted Brown Sugar Curry Butternut Squash – with brown sugar, maple syrup, a touch of curry and a dash of cinnamon, this delightful, delicious butternut squash is a fabulous side for any holiday meal.
Make-Ahead Green Beans with Lemon Herb Panko Crumbs – fresh, tender beans with a crisp, buttery topping.
Turkey Pasta Soup – If you’re wondering what to do with the leftover turkey, THIS IS IT! Wee ones love this soup and grownups almost always request second helpings.
I think you’ll love these Thanksgiving recipes. Stay tuned, we’ll be back on Sunday with a brand new one; a Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole. It will be on our Thanksgiving table and you might like it on yours too! No one will miss the marshmallow and gobs of sugar, I promise!