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The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun! A mere handful of days now stand between us and one of the busiest cooking occasions of the year. Do you know where you’ll get your turkey? Did you count your formal dinner plates to make sure you have enough? Have you thought about appetizers? What about desserts? Who’s bringing a pie and who’s bringing a cake? Where will everyone sit in the dining room? And what’s the difference between julienning and mincing again?
If you find questions like the above grating on your brain at all hours of the day, you’re not the only one! Even as the countdown runs into single digits, most of us are nowhere near being fully prepared to take on the turkey-sized challenges of Thanksgiving. We have no idea what sorts of sides we should serve, no clue as to what the dietary restrictions of our guests are, and not even the faintest idea where our pie dishes are hiding.
To help you get through these coming days of stress, we have compiled some of the best Thanksgiving recipes on the internet right here at Country Vintage Home! Don’t spend hours sifting through old print-outs or soliciting your friends for their favorites. It will take too long and you’ll end up with some very tricky dishes on your hands. The recipes we present here are simple and delicious, allowing you to bring the best-loved, most traditional Thanksgiving dishes to the table without breaking your back.
You absolutely must feature nuts in your Thanksgiving spread! Nuts are cold-weather foods that are high in healthy fats and protein, to keep you and your brood nourished during the winter. We absolutely love these Deviled Walnuts, a fun spin on candied walnuts. Not for the faint of tongue, these walnuts are made with hot pepper sauce, to give them a nice bite. We’re a huge fan of spicy appetizers because they keep guests from eating too much and spoiling their appetites for your hard-cooked main course!
Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple! If you grew up somewhere in the mid-century you probably were served canned purée and jet-puffed marshmallows. We’ve come a long way since then and now are pleased to present to you a modern take on this dish, which is almost as easy to make! A Sweet Potato Casserole topped with a tasty pecan crumble is way more nourishing than a clump of orange goo, and the slightly sweet, slightly salty crumble on top contributes the sweetness you crave. Plus, this particular casserole is vegan, making it ideal for guests with dietary restrictions. It’s a hearty and flavorful dish all your guests will enjoy!
Brussels sprouts are making a comeback because we’ve finally figured out how to cook them well: roasted until almost black and seasoned with plenty of strong spices. Break down those many layers of leaves to reveal the terrific flavor within!
We are huge fans of Lemon Roasted Fingerlings and Brussels Sprouts. Both veggies take the same amount of time to cook in the oven, making them a perfect combo side dish. Dressed with Dijon Mustard, garlic, lemon juice and lots of salt and pepper, this is another vegetarian-friendly dish that is flavorful enough to make even the most meat-loving guests swoon.
We don’t want to proselytize to you about the best way to cook a turkey. If you’ve been alive for a few decades, you probably have already figured out the best way for yourself (or have settled on a way that’s easy). That being said, if you’re new to the turkey game, we’re sure you are searching for the best turkey recipe to serve your guests. To help you out, we’ve found this five-star recipe from Food Network Chef, Ina Garten, to serve the Perfect Roast Turkey for your Thanksgiving feast this year. There really doesn’t need to be a huge fuss - defrost it, truss it, season it, and then roast that bird! Perfect if you’re short on time or are hosting your first Friendsgiving!
We know it is practically criminal to admit this, but what we most love about Thanksgiving is not the turkey, not the mashed potatoes, and not the green beans: it’s the desserts! Call us crazy, but we’ll gladly leave room for all the more pies, cookies, and tarts. And if we want to eat all those at once (which we do), we go for the decadent Bourbon Pecan Pie. This pie will put you into a sound food coma for the rest of the day. Thanksgiving truly doesn’t get much better than this!
Take a look at the recipes we’ve recommended and add your own in the comments! We at Country Vintage Home are always looking for new ways to serve up Thanksgiving dinner!