October, November, and December are one of my favorite times of year. The weather starts to cool in October and then once Halloween is over, there is this anticipation in the air that the holidays are coming! We’re spending Thanksgiving with The Husband’s side of the family this year, so I won’t be doing the bulk of the cooking. But I still wanted to share a few of my Thanksgiving favorites.
By the way, if you are the keeper of the bird this year, be sure to check out my guide to roasting poultry.
Cheesy Corn Casserole – this dish is loaded with cheesey goodness, so how could it not be a crowd pleaser?
Pumpkin Risotto with Mushrooms and Bacon – I find the process of making risotto strangely therapeutic. The combination of pumpkin and mushroom in this dish were very meaty, earthy, and went together perfectly.
Pumpkin Pie Eggnog – you have the rest of the season to drink regular ol’ eggnog. For right now, try this spiced up version.
Pumpkin, Black Bean, and Turkey Chili – I make this chili every year. In fact, I even if I’m not roasting a turkey, I buy one just so we can make this chili. It’s a great way to use up leftovers.
Mashed Cauliflower and Cheese Gratin – this is a nice change from mashed potatoes. It’s loaded with garlic and cheese, so you might not even miss the potatoes.
And now for some link love! These are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from other bloggers that I have found across the web.
Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf with Apple and Cranberries by Wishful Chef. Great idea if you are looking for something a little different than the same ol’ roasted turkey.
Leaf and Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Topped with Brightly Colored Cheese from Hungry Happenings. These are so cute and with the cheese, I bet they are so yummy!
Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust from Cooking for Keeps. I honestly would skip Thanksgiving dinner just to make sure I had room for this pie.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Brown Sugar Syrup & Candied Pecans from The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Did you know that this year Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap? And that it won’t happen again for another 80,000 years. Yeah, I didn’t either, but these look like a great way to celebrate.
Cran-Turkey Enchiladas (a.k.a. Turkey Cranchiladas) from Very Culinary. Another creative way to use leftovers! These seriously look so good!