Since we’re all celebrating the holidays differently this year, the only “for sure” Thanksgiving plans I have is that I’m going to cook. And plan a menu. For who? My husband. And maybe if my siblings drop by, they’re obviously welcome too. Here is the menu I’m preparing this year.
Stuffing Muffins from A Cozy Kitchen
Adrianna did this recipe in partnership with Aldi, which is lucky for me because I now live walking distance from one and can pick up all the ingredients there. I like the thought of individual muffins of stuffing versus making a big batch since we’re likely going to be 4 people max this year.
Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts from Delish
I test made a batch earlier this week and it came out delicious. The gruyere cheese is so nice with the charred brussels sprouts. I substituted in turkey bacon since I’m off pork again, and did a shredded gruyere and swiss cheese blend instead of cheddar.
Cranberry Sauce from Trader Joe’s
I’ve never made cranberry sauce before, so I wanted to start with something really basic and easy: the recipe on the back of the bag of organic cranberries I bought from Trader Joe’s.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Me
The key to creamy, luscious mashed potatoes is heavy cream, garlic, and some yogurt. I make this dish by feel and also did a test batch earlier this week.
10 Minute Mac & Cheese from Foods of Jane
For the longest time when I was young, I couldn’t get the smooth, velvety cheese sauce when I made Mac n Cheese. Then I found the key ingredient, which is either heavy cream or milk with corn starch. As promised, this recipe gets you there in 10 minutes.
If there were ever a time to order turkey from a fast food restaurant, this year takes the cake. With how good their fried chicken sandwich is, I’m optimistic they can season a turkey well too. Stay tuned.
Spiced Sweet Sweet Potato Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting from Benjamina Ebuehi
I have Benjamina’s book “A New Way to Cake” and 9 out of 10 recipes have come out amazingly. I’ve been waiting for the colder weather to try out this Sweet Potato Loaf, which I think will be a nice deviation from pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Puddings by Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark has a series of recipes for two for Thanksgiving this year (super helpful). Her Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Puddings sound amazing – a perfect balance between salty and sweet. Plus, I love using the broiler.