Welcome back, family! My brain is already abuzz with menu ideas and dishes for our Thanksgiving table. Some things are a given, like sweet tea in our glasses and the prayer before the big meal, but I also like to add a twist to the menu, just to keep things special. With that in mind, I’m sharing several recipes I’ll be using and hope you’ll try them out, too.
When it comes to holiday dishes, most pale in comparison to the trusty green bean casserole. It’s just not Thanksgiving without it. Crunchy Creole Green Bean Casserole takes the classic recipe and swaps bacon for andouille sausage. This adds an incredible pop of flavor. With a few extra seasonings and chopped pecans added to the fried onion topping, those who love the traditional version will still be satisfied, while any holdouts are sure to be won over.
I cannot imagine a Thanksgiving table without cranberry sauce. It’s so easy to make from scratch. My quick and easy recipe is done in about 10 minutes and produces a thick, rich, amazingly flavorful cranberry sauce that’s the perfect complement to all your favorite dishes. (I’m looking at you, dressing.)
Rounding everything out is our little bit of something sweet courtesy of Delle Bean from Calhoun County. Her Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is light as a cloud and elevates a classic to even greater heights. This recipe was originally published in the January 2008 Neighbors and is a family favorite for Delle and her husband, Ray.
We have so very much to be thankful for this year, and I’m grateful many of us are able to gather together again. Full plates are delicious, but full hearts are where the real blessing is found.