I can’t believe I’m saying it, but, folks, it’s time to talk about Thanksgiving. Much like this entire year has been quite different, Thanksgiving might be different at your house this year, too.
I’m taking that “something different” approach and sharing nontraditional recipes just perfect for your menu. These recipes have all the classic flavors you’d expect on your holiday table but present them in an entirely different way.
Take Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, for example. I included the flavors of traditional sweet potato casserole — brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, pecans and even marshmallows — but used them in a fun and different way. It’s like everyone gets an individual sweet potato casserole. My family loves them!
One of my biggest struggles for holiday meals is oven space. I can never have enough. This year, cook cornbread dressing in the trusty slow cooker rather than the oven. It frees up valuable oven space, and the slow cooker keeps the dressing nice and moist. If you’re a big fan of a crisp top on your dressing, a few minutes in the oven under a very low broil should do the trick. As in years past, there’s no sage in my recipe. My family never included it, so dressing just doesn’t taste like dressing to me when it’s in there. If you’d like to include it, 1 to 2 teaspoons should work fine.
Green bean casserole is a must for us, and Ultimate Green Bean Casserole at SouthernBite.com is my go-to. But no one ever complains about having too many options at Thanksgiving, right? Add another green veggie to the mix and whip up these super easy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. This decadent dish only calls for a handful of ingredients and comes together in no time. Two of those ingredients, bacon and heavy cream, flavor the delicious sauce that coats the sprouts.
We can’t have Thanksgiving without a few dessert options, so I’m sharing my Apple Pecan Chewies with you. This recipe is based on my classic Pecan Chewies recipe, but I add in apples, cinnamon and nutmeg to get that great warm fall spice flavor. You just stir it all together, pour it in a dish and bake.
Here’s the thing: Regardless of what’s on the table, the family and friends around it are what really matter. If this year has taught us anything, it’s how quickly life can change. Treasure those around you, and take a moment to realize just how much there is to be grateful for. Y’all enjoy!