Thanksgiving Eats

19 Nov 2014
posted by Holland Mervis

My favorite holiday is here! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, if you were lucky enough to be selected as host of the evening, it’s time to start preparing for your meal. There is a lot of work that goes into a Thanksgiving feast so make sure you have a helpful team and great recipes. The more prepared you are beforehand, the more you will be able to enjoy the actual day. Doing your shopping and prep work in advance can make the whole event less stressful and give you more time to spend with your family and friends. Here are some of my favorite recipes to help you out if you’re in a holiday rut and need some inspiration. 

Get Started: When your guests arrive have an array of appetizers out and ready to go. You can’t go wrong with a couple nice platters of meats, cheeses, crackers, and other treats. Brie, goat cheese and Gouda are some of my favorites and everyone can enjoy them. Salami and prosciutto are good matches to go with your selection of cheeses. I also love to put out a medley of olives and nuts in different bowls for guests to snack on before the meal. You really can’t go wrong with appetizers! 

Drinks: Dependent on your crowd, drinks are entirely up to you! At our Thanksgiving we always have great wines (red and white) and a full bar for guests to mix up their own cocktails if they want. Stock up on mixers, garnishes and different alcohols that you know your guest particularly like. Here are some fun drink recipes to try out if you want to offer something a little different. Click here for the Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosa recipie and here for the Ruby Red and Rosemary Honey Cocktail

Starters and Sides: Personally for me, Thanksgiving is all about the yummy sides. I wait all year long to eat my body weight in stuffing and warm roasted veggies. Here are some recipes to inspire a nice variety of sides for your guests to go crazy over.

Cranberries sauce: A classic side dish that makes everything on your plate just bit sweeter with a tart twist. Click here for the recipe.

Stuffing: A Thanksgiving must-have! The proportions on my Thanksgiving plate is always about 50% stuffing and 50% everything else that’s being served. There are so many different ways to prepare stuffing but my favorite is Classic Bread Stuffing. Click here for the recipe.

Vegetables: The best thing about fall is the roasted veggies. You really can’t go wrong with mixing up some gorgeous fresh vegetables and tossing them in some olive oil and roasting to perfection. Below are two great recipes for easy roast veggies. Click here for the roasted veggie recipie and here for the parmesan asparagus recipie.

Salad: Add some more color to your salad this year with crisp fall apples and vibrant dried cranberries. Click here for the recipe.

Biscuits: If you’re feeling ambitious this year, you can try and make your own fresh biscuits. With all those other dishes to choose from I can never help myself from eating bread. It’s always just so great to soak up that extra gravy! Everyone enjoys biscuits, but if you don’t have time to make your own, a store bought loaf of any bread will do just fine. Click here for the recipe.

The Star of the show: Without the turkey, the meal just wouldn’t be a complete Thanksgiving! Click here for an easy turkey recipie. 

Dessert: After a heavy meal it's hard to make room for dessert, but I always seem to! This year try making an apple galette instead of a traditional apple pie. It's a very simple now tin recipie that is just as delicious as apple pie with less work and less crust. It's the lighter alternative! Click here for the recipie. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

-Holland 

 

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