Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with and give thanks for your family and friends—and stuff your face with the most fattening foods imaginable. But someone has to make all those scrumptious side dishes, rich desserts, and tasty turkey legs, right?
Whether you’re hosting your very first Thanksgiving in South Florida or feeling the need to change up your normal menu, you’ll find no better recipes for this year’s turkey-day than right here. From succulent poultry and spiced veggies to decadent pastries and gooey pies, here are the winning Thanksgiving recipes you should test out this year.
Winner – Bread Category
Cheddar, Bacon, and Scallion Cornbread
Cornbread is an all-time favorite amongst many families here in South Florida and throughout the country. This year add a pinch of savory to this traditionally sweet side by tossing in some bacon, cheddar, and green onions. Yum. See this Thanksgiving recipe at seriouseats.com.
Winner – Vegetables Category
Spice Roasted Butternut Squash
40 minutes in the oven is all it takes for these cubed pieces of Heaven to come out slightly browned and deliciously seasoned. We’d be surprised if they lasted 40 minutes on your Thanksgiving table. Print out this veggie favorite at foodandwine.com.
- Green Beans with Parsley-Lemon Pesto
- Roasted Asparagus and Bacon
- Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips, and Brussels Sprouts
Winner – Stuffing Category
On this Thanksgiving, why not raise your hands joyously toward the sky and give thanks for the soft, salty, pull-apartable (is that a word) pretzel? Yes, this is a stuffing recipe that utilizes pretzels as its main ingredient. I’m sold—how about you? Find the recipe at delish.com.
Winner – Mashed Potatoes Category
Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
Do you know someone who doesn’t think that mashed potatoes might be the greatest culinary invention of all time? Shove a spoonful of these ‘taters into their gob and see what they say. Brown butter will change your life. Check out the recipe at thefoodcharlatan.com.
Winner – Gravy Category
Thyme and Apple Cider Gravy
With autumn officially underway, this seasonal delight makes more sense than butter on toast. Slather it on your turkey, potatoes, stuffing—heck, pour it over some pancakes! Get your gravy on at countryliving.com.
Winner – Dessert Category
Neely’s Pear and Apple Cobbler
Loosen your belt and add a dollop of whipped cream on top of a scoop of this pear and apple cobbler. The brown sugar really takes this dessert to a new level. View the recipe at foodnetwork.com.
- Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Rosemary Corn Cake with Honey and Brown Butter Buttercream
Winner – Turkey Category
Herbes de Provence Grilled Chicken
As you know, just because summer is over here in South Florida doesn’t mean you should put away the grill. This Thanksgiving recipe will give your charcoal grill a good post-summer workout, resulting in one of the most flavorful turkeys on the planet. Get your lighter fluid ready and view the recipe at saveur.com.
Spark some ideas for your Thanksgiving table this November? We hope so.
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