Five years ago, the husband and I hosted our first Thanksgiving. We had just moved into our house, and couldn’t wait to have his family over to cook a holiday meal.
That was also the year I decided I never wanted to host Thanksgiving again. Between having such a small kitchen and keeping food warm for nearly a dozen people, we were maxed out. Well, never say never, because it looks like Thanksgiving is going to be at our house once again. This time it’s just for our little family plus three, but that doesn’t make it all that much easier. Since our first Thanksgiving attempt a lot has changed. We no longer have an extra oven in the mudroom, we have two kids to keep entertained, in addition to a tighter budget because of those two kids.
What we do have going for us this time is that we will be hosting only my husband’s parents and grandmother, so that’s five adults and one toddler. In addition to being a far smaller crowd than the eleven adults we hosted five years ago, it’s also a nice comfortable (read: non-judgmental) crowd.
That said, the husband and I just can’t help but find new and exciting recipes to try. And while I should have my menu finalized, that’s just not the way we operate around here. So I’m interested to know if you have some favorite, tried-and-true recipes that you love. In the meantime, here are a few interesting recipes that we’re thinking about trying:
1. Herb-Butter Turkey from Not-So-Humble Pie
2. Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage from Food & Wine
3. Broccolini with Smoked Paprika, Almonds and Garlic from Bon Appetit
4. Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Dried Cranberry Stuffing from With Style and Grace
5. Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from How Sweet Eats
6. Crunch Top Apple Pie from Food Network (image via Food.com)
Not pictured, but I really want to try it: Cranberry Sauce with Pino and Figs from The Food Network
So tell me, what are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes?