Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel Sauce

Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel Sauce
Pecan pie and cheesecake are two of my all time favourite desserts (especially for Thanksgiving) and combining the two makes things even better! This decadent treat starts out with the pecan pie filling which is simmered on the stove top until it thickens before pouring it into the crust in a springform pan. Next up is the cheesecake layer which is a pretty basic cheesecake recipe using brown sugar instead of regular sugar which goes with the flavours of pecan pie. The whole thing is baked until both layers are set before cooling and enjoying! This two layer cake of pure magical delight is amazing all by itself but why stop there when you can top it all off with a simple pecan caramel sauce? This pecan pie cheesecake with pecan caramel sauce is easy to make and perfect for any special occasion, holiday dinner or any time at all!

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Although the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, I find that I spend more time planning the side dishes. There is only so much that you can do with the turkey so I spend a lot of my creativity coming up with exciting and tasty side dishes. I do try to restrain myself a bit though as the Thanksgiving dinner is already really big and it requires a lot of time and effort to make. As a general rule of thumb, I try to go with one green vegetable and one potato or squash side dish and then maybe one or two others and the sky is the limit for the extras! Sometimes it is nice to go with old favourites or maybe a new take on a classic and I like to try at least a few completely new dishes every year.

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Bacon-Maple Onion Marmalade

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Bacon-Maple Onion Marmalade
Not looking for a big, multi course, meal this Thanksgiving? How about these pecan crusted turkey cutlets with bacon-maple onion marmalade; a quick and easy turkey main that is perfect for any occasion! This meal is started by making the bacon-maple onion marmalade, which although it takes a bit of time, it's so easy! You start by cooking the onions until they caramelize and get all nice and sweet before adding maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and bacon far an amazing balance of sweet, sour and salty! The pecan crusted turkey is also really simple where you spread on some tangy dijon mustard on the turkey before pressing on chopped pecans and baking in the oven until the turkey is cooked and the pecans are nice and toasted and crispy! If you make the onion marmalade the day before this meal takes almost not time to make, making it a nice alternative to a full roast turkey!

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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!