Yesterday we talked about the main stuff, the Turkey, and the sides… today I’ll quickly give you some ideas for starters, holiday drinks, soups and of course sweets, because it’s not the holidays if you aren’t ending a colossal meal with just as grand of a dessert.
So! Let’s begin shall we?
1. Drinks – You can have a party without drinks but what fun would it be staring at a bottle of water on the table. It’s time to think sparkling, just like this season!
- First off is this list of fall sangrias which includes this fabulous Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria and this Cranberry Sangria
- Maybe have this Pumpkin Martini and skip the pumpkin pie?
- This is a great list from the Food Network, and I can’t stop looking at the Peach Whiskey Cocktail with Thyme-Infused Honey
- Maybe a Maple Old Fashioned?
- On the warmer side of things there is this decadent Drinking Chocolate from spoonforkbacon, this easy Crockpot Mulled Wine from my friend the Runwaychef, or my own Hot Toddy (minus the garlic!)
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2. Starters & Snacks – Even though the evening will be filled with tons of belt opening foods, you will find that your guests will arrive hungry and eagerly awaiting snacks before the main meal. This list might give you some make-in-advance ideas to keep on the table for turkey lurking individuals.
- These lovely Caramelized Onion and Bacon Puff Pastry Bites are one of my favorites things to make, they can be made a few days before, frozen, and then popped in the oven.
- This cheesy dreamy Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Dip
- These buttery Feta and Olive filled pastries along with these Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs
- Maybe a big Onion Tart for the group to share
- Simply some Herb Baked Olives for the table or a cool and refreshing White Bean Salad
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3. Soups – Another great option for a starter choice is a nice bowl of warm soup. Here are some fall soups that might float your Thanksgiving menu boat.
- A healthy and warming Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry Soup
- My quick and easy Leek Potato or a spicy Spinach Soup
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4. Sweets and Palate Cleansers- One of the most awaited dishes after the turkey, no matter how full you are… you always want dessert on Thanksgiving, it’s almost like a rule set in stone, you could have opened three notches on your belt but you don’t care… you will have pie!
- Pumpkin based is a must, classics and everything in between: Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Praline Trifles, Pumpkin Spice Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and these tips to make a classic Pumpkin Pie more interesting.
- Cranberry based I really want these Cranberry Curd bars now, maybe a tangy Cranberry Cake or Tart, a sweeter Apple Cranberry Pie, or better yet a Cranberry Cheesecake, yum. I love cranberries.
- Other easy fall sweets are my Apple & Plum Turnovers, Classic Cream Puffs, this rustic Strawberry Galette (yet replace the rhubarb with apples or cranberries).
- Lastly 2 great palate cleansers for those who are too full and just want to feel refreshed I recommend this light and fresh Moroccan Mint Tea Granita and this citrus Meyer Lemon Sorbet both which need to be made in advance.
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I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving and I look forward to hearing about it! Let me know if you have tried any of these recipes listed or have some great ideas for me to try.