Today I have no new recipes for you from my kitchen, but I wanted to share with you some of the Thanksgiving recipes from around the web I’ve stumbled on and plan to try out myself for this year’s spread. I know most of you probably have your own menus planned and it’s a little last minute to be thinking about new recipes. But perhaps if you have a dish missing, realize you have extra guests coming and need more food, or just want to be wild and shake it up, this will be of help to you. If none of those things are the case I hope you are amused by the peak at my menu plans.
For one of the turkeys this year I plan to try out a killer looking Turkey Brine from Sheri on All Recipes. (Actually by the time this post my turkey will have already been sitting in it’s brine for a while.) I’ve been playing with brining my roast chickens lately which you can read about here, and they have been coming out so tender and juicy. Plus I’ve found the brining liquid adds so much flavor to the bird. I can’t wait to see what it does for the turkey! Yes to those of you who are observant I did say turkeys as in plural, yup more then one turkey. I have two Thanksgivings this year, so two birds! The other bird will be smoked by my Dad. I honestly don’t know exactly how he does his turkey, but it involves whiskey and hickory. It is absolutely amazing. I’ll try to pay better attention this year so I can share the secrets next year!
I don’t know how you all feel about cranberry sauce? At my house it always graces the table, but honestly not a lot of it gets eaten. However, I have to admit I’ve never made it homemade. I think I may give it a try this year if I have enough time. I feel like there was kind of a silly twist going on here: Homemade Cranberry Sauce In A Can from Carey Nershi on Food 52. Come on canned homemade cranberry sauce? Thats hilarious!
The sweet potato is another problem child at my table. As I mentioned in a prior post I really don’t like that traditional sweet potato casserole, it’s just yucky. If you love it…I’m not sure you have taste buds. No just kidding. If you love it go ahead and enjoy, but I’m definitely planning on making my sweet potato muffins, and will either try Mashed Maple Chipolte Sweet Potatoes from ashleyza on Food 52 or perhaps Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges from Smitten Kitchen. Maybe one for each Thanksgiving? We shall see.
Perhaps the most important part of Thanksgiving… the pie! Whatever pie I make I’m using my Perfect Pie Dough because it just tastes good good no matter what filling you put in it. I actually received a high complement at church a while back from a fellow baker. She was kind enough to say that my Vanilla Crumble Pumpkin Pie might be the best pumpkin pie she’d ever tasted. One of the major factors she mentioned, the crust. I’m telling you, good recipe right here folks. I probably will make a few of those Vanilla Crumble Pumpkin pies, but I also think I might give this Salted Caramel Apple Pie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction a try. … I love you Sally!
If you aren’t planning on changing anything in your recipe line up this year I still recommend you check out Check out How to Make a Fancy Pie- 6 Ways to Fancy Up Your Pies. These techniques are so cool, don’t actually look that hard, and will seriously wow on the pie front! I’m totally going to try one technique on at least one pie. Maybe I’ll meringue my pecan pie. Haha, just kidding, can’t mess with the pecan pie, that’s sacred at my house.
Anyhow, I think that about covers it for this years tweaks. Happy Thanksgiving!