Thirty Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Thirty Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Dear, 2012:

Do tell —  how it is already T minus 2 days until Thanksgiving? Is it just me or weren’t we just fawning over The Artist as the film of the year? Didn’t Super Bowl just happen? I feel like it was moments ago that I was throwing together every strawberry dessert possible. And surely that never-ending election isn’t finally, actually, really over? I mean, seriously, why did you have to move at such lightening speed toward the end of the year?

Well, here we are and the reality is Thanksgiving is mere moments away. This year, my family’s meal will be an abbreviated, intimate group with just 5 of us as opposed to the normal group of more than 30 diners. And, in that abbreviated style, the focus is less on mounds of mashers and pie (though, of course, there will be both) and more on whole, seasonal foods. Here’s 30-plus recipes that have stood the test of time, that work as well for a crowd as they do for a small gathering, and are all super doable even though we only have 48, 47, 46 hours left and counting.

Aida Mollenkamp Spiced Brined Walnuts Recipe


Mushroom Agrodolce Endive Bites

Sweet Potato and Toasted Sage Dip

Orange Bay and Spiced Brined Walnuts

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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing


Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing

Butternut Squash and Apple Panzanella Salad

Kale Salad with Pears and Persimmons

Spinach Salad with Pears and Pomegranate

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pepitas and Dates

Herb-Orange Turkey Breast with Roasted Pear Gravy


Roasted Turkey with Herbed Cream Gravy

Herb-Orange Turkey with Roasted Pear Gravy

Apple and Sage Turkey

Meatless Mains

Mushroom and Fennel Bread Pudding

Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad Recipe


Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad

Crisp Shallot, Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Roasted “Candied” Sweet Potatoes

Brown Bread Stuffing with Apples and Cherries

Mashed White Beans and Cauliflower

Potato and Parsnip Mash

Matt Armendariz Sweet Potato Photo

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Syrup

Spiced Squash and Toasted Almond Quinoa

Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Boozy Persimmon Pudding Recipe


Pumpkin Pie Custard with Quinoa Streusel

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars

Boozy Persimmon Pudding

Gingered Pear Crisp

Brandied Pear-Walnut Tart

Walnut photo by Holly Stewart, Sweet Potato photo by Matt Armendariz, and Persimmon Pudding photo by Chris Rochelle of CHOW