Unique Recipes For Classic Thanksgiving Dishes
Thanksgiving is such a great time to be with family, watch some football and stuff your face full of some of the best comfort food out there. But cooking a Thanksgiving Feast can be daunting, unless you do it year after year. It takes strategic planning, off the charts time management skills and the energy of a 6-year old — which is probably why most people leave it to their in-laws or friends.
Those who take on this beast of a feast year after year after year really revel in the chaos and strategy of it. It’s a full day in the kitchen, staying up late the night before and getting up early to get that turkey started on the big day. And it’s always helpful to have tried and true recipes to round out the menu! “Vintage” recipes tend to be some of the best. I mean who doesn’t love their great grandma’s green bean casserole or their aunt’s secret recipe pecan pie? But a good mix of old and new is sure to satisfy most of your guests. If you are ready to try something different, here is a stuffing recipe sure to please. It typically entices wanting seconds from non-stuffing lovers and is sure to satisfy your tastes.
Dried Cherry & Sausage Stuffing:
-½ cup butter (1 stick)
-6 celery stalks, finely diced
-2 medium onions, finely diced
-1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and toasted (10 cups)
-1 cup dried cherries
-¾ pound Italian sausage, casings removed, cooked, and crumbled
-¾ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
-1 teaspoon kosher salt
-1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-2 14.5oz cans of chicken broth
- Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and onions and cook until they are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
- In a large bowl or pan, combine the celery and onions with the bread, cherries, sausage, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add the broth and stir until well combined.
- If you want some inside your turkey, use a spoon to loosely stuff the mixture into the turkey just before roasting.
- If not, pour the rest of the into a baking dish, cover and bake in a 325° oven for one hour; uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.
After you’ve had your fill ( I hope you wore your stretchy pants), watched your team win, and then napped for a bit, it’s time for dessert.
Holiday desserts are seriously the best. There’s just something special that makes a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving taste way better than one on any other normal day. Fall recipes are always delicious, but some of the best and favorite out there tend to be pumpkin related. If you haven’t tried a pumpkin roll before, you might want to. They aren’t really that hard to make and it might quickly become a Thanksgiving dessert table staple.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 cup sugar
-⅔ cup pumpkin
-¾ cup flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp ginger
-½ tsp cloves
-½ tsp salt
-2 tsp cinnamon
Cream Cheese Filling:
-2 cups powdered sugar
-8 oz cream cheese
-¼ cup butter
-½ tsp vanilla
- Sift flour, spices, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add eggs and pumpkin. Mix until combined.
- Pour and smooth evenly into a cookie sheet you have lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
- While the cake is still warm, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar, invert onto a clean tea towel and roll up. Let cool until room temperature or in the
*You’ll want to roll while still warm to reduce cracks. And use powdered sugar on the towel to prevent sticking!
- Once cooled, unroll and spread evenly with cream cheese filling. Gently roll back up.
- Place on a platter, sprinkle with powdered sugar and refrigerate. Serve Chilled.
- Mix together room temperature cream cheese and butter, add vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat ingredients until creamy and smooth.
And now that you’ve eaten your way through the table a few times, splurged on desserts and shared all the things you are grateful for, it’s about time for bed. Being around friends and family makes for some great memories, but all that turkey will probably have you ready to hit the pillow. May your day be filled with joy and laughter, and the best stuffing and pumpkin rolls you’ve ever had!