- Every year themes and trends emerge around Thanksgiving and The Bitten Word reviews them. This year, I’m loving citrus, ancient and heritage grains, vinegar, and lack of cranberry sauce. As it happens, one of my (sadly unblogged) Fakesgiving menus had all three of those elements, AND I DIDN’T EVEN PLAN IT THAT WAY! I just felt it to be part of the zeitgeist! I’ve included pictures in this post to make you salivate!
- Finding a vegetarian main dish with sufficient gravitas is always a challenge when going up against a massive, glistening turkey. A gorgeous, multilayered, stuffed “vegducken” (zucchini in an eggplant, in a butternut squash) might be the answer! This less striking, but very tasty, toothsome Perfect Nut Roast is a great option too, and Deb’s vegetarian-compatible White Bean and Chard Pot Pie (just leave out the pancetta) sounds perfectly comforting and festive.
- Still trying to decide on some recipes? Peruse Thanksgiving recipes from the greatest foodies on Food52. An easy cocktail from M.F.K. Fisher, Brussels Sprouts from Julia Child, cheesy Leek Bread Pudding from Thomas Keller, etc.
- Now, for that turkey… I love all things Thomas Keller touches, so if I make a whole turkey, I’d make his Favorite Roast Turkey, replacing the butter with coconut oil. Or check out my Tea-Brined Exotic Spiced Turkey Legs with Paleo Roasted Vegetables!
- Tis the season for pumpkin pie. Nik at A Brown Table whips up a Pumpkin Honey Beer Pie, Alice Medrich’s Pumpkin Pudding is a gluten-free, crust-free take on the ubiquitous pie that is best made ahead. Want express your love of pumpkin pie in decor? Make a copper pumpkin pie garland!
- Prefer pumpkin in a savory dish? Check out my Stuffing-Stuffed Squashes and Rachel’s Pumpkin Risotto.
- Looking for a way to get all the Thanksgiving flavor bang for your cooking buck? Make this beautiful Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner, this seasonal harvest-themed chicken, grape and rice One Pot Dinner, or this scrumptious Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash Fregola (I’d just use the similar Israeli Couscous), or my beloved Barley Wine Chicken.
A very happy, delicious, and grateful Thanksgiving to you!
Yours, stuffed with stuffing and turkey,