Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

While everyone is waiting for the big dinner you cannot let them starve and this is where the snacks and appetizers come in. The appetizers or hors d oeuvres, are always one of my favourite parts of planning Thanksgiving and they are a great way to make your Thanksgiving day stand out. There are just so many different things that you can do with appetizers from a simple platter of meats, cheeses and fruit, to cookies, to dips, to chips, to crostini or even finger sized pies. Although I always enjoy sticking in season with pumpkin and cranberry dishes, I don't let it constrain me too much and I am not afraid to mix it up with combinations of sweet and savoury. The only thing that you need to be careful about really, is that you do not ruin your guests appetite for the big meal!

Creamy Brie Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Soup

Creamy Brie Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Soup
Sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish and one day I was dreaming about soups for the holidays the two ideas crossed paths this creamy brie sweet potato pecan pie soup was born! This soup has a savoury base that starts with onions and garlic moving on to chicken broth after which we start with some sweet aspects with some apple cider. The sweet potatoes are simmered in the broth until tender, brie is added for creaminess along with some more savoury undertones, and once the cheese has melted everything is pureed until silky smooth. Things are finished off with some more sweet in the form of maple syrup and a hint of vanilla! This soup is amazing just like this but I like to top my sweet potato pie with a crunch pecan topping and so I top this soup off with a crispy rolled oat and pecan crumble! Yum! This creamy brie sweet potato pecan pie soup is such a fabulous starter fro your Holiday meal and it also makes for a great meal served all by itself!

Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes

Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I thought that it was about time that I dusted off and updated the roundups of all of my favourite Thanksgiving dishes starting with the main course. I have to say that a simple roast turkey is my favourite main course and I am always looking forward to it! Although you could get all fancy with your roast turkey, you really don't have to as a long as you roast it properly, that turkey is going to shine all by itself. Since I generally serve Thanksgiving diner to a small group of people I often opt to just go with a large turkey breast which is much easier to roast but you do miss out on all of the dark meat and the bone that you can make turkey stock from. If turkey is just not your thing or if you are just bored with it or if you are serving to a large group of people and want a second roast, you cannot go wrong serving a ham, a roast beef or even a roast lamb. Without further ado, on to the recipes:

Crispy Parmesan Roast Cauliflower

Crispy Parmesan Roast Cauliflower
With the holidays coming I like to have some good side dish recipes at the ready for special meals and this crispy parmesan roast cauliflower is definitely on my short list! This side is so easy to make! You simply spread some parmesan cheese over the bottom of a baking dish, press the cauliflower florets into the parmesan and roast until the cauliflower is just tender crisp and the parmesan has melted and turned a nice golden brown. When the cheese cools a bit it gets nice and crispy; just like the cheese that oozes out of the sides of your grilled cheese sandwich and gets all sorts of nice and crispy and good! Yum! You can roast a few different veggies like this and cauliflower is my favourite and it's a great option for low-carbers. If you're looking for a side dish recipe over the holiday's you really can't go wrong with this tasty crispy parmesan roast cauliflower!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! That means it's time to roundup some Thanksgiving recipes stating with some recipes for breakfast! Having a couple of days off for Thanksgiving means that you can spend a bit more time on breakfasts giving you the perfect opportunity to make something a bit fancier and to share it with family and loved ones. Not only will these Thanksgiving brunches impress your guests but they will keep them fueled up t make it through the busy day! Here are a few tasty breakfast ideas for your Thanksgiving holiday!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin and white chocolate is an amazing flavour combination and I can't help but think about using it in cookies like these pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies! This is a pretty simple chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of pumpkin puree and the use of white chocolate chips! I like to add the classic pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg which also go well with the white chocolate. You can easily swap out the white chocolate chips for milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, caramel chips, etc. These pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Caramel Apple Bread

Caramel Apple Bread
Apples are everywhere these days and I always enjoy using them in recipes like this caramel apple bread that is jam packed with chunks of apples and pockets of melted caramel! This is a quick bread so it's super easy to make! You simply mix all of the dry ingredients into the mixture of the wet ingredients, pour the batter into a pan and bake; it's done in less than an hour! Instead of using all regular flour, I like to replace half of it with whole wheat flour and the addition of old fashioned rolled oats adds an amazing texture and flavour to the bread that goes so well with the apples! For the wet ingredients I go with brown sugar for the hint of molasses flavour along with yogurt and apple sauce which helps keep the cake light and moist without so much oil. Of course the star of the show here is the large chunks of apple and the caramels, which melt right into the bread leaving pockets of melted caramel! Yum! This caramel apple bread is amazing all by itself, or slathered with melting butter and some extra caramel sauce certainly doesn't hurt!

Make two loafs on the weekend for quick breakfasts during the week!

Chorizo and Potato Tostadas with Fried Eggs

Chorizo and Potato Tostadas with Fried Eggs
Crispy fried chorizo and potatoes are a great meal all by themselves but why not kick them up a bit by topping them with a fried egg with a runny yolk in addition to some tasty salsa verde and serving it all tostada style on crispy tortillas? Yum! These tostadas are so easy to make! You fry the tortillas in oil until crispy, fry the sausage and potatoes and the eggs before throwing everything together!

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach
It's time for a new soup recipe and it a tasty one, a tortellini soup with Italian sausage and spinach! This soup starts out with Italian style sausage, which are just packed with flavour, along with onions, garlic and a pinch of chili pepper flakes. Chicken broth and diced tomatoes fill out the body of the soup and the cheese tortellini brings everything home. I like to melt plenty of parmesan cheese into the broth which brings even more flavour. You really can't go wrong with the addition of some healthy fresh baby spinach leaves which wilt into the soup nicely. This tortellini soup with Italian sausage and spinach is just perfect for these cool autumn days!