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Despite Thanksgiving being a one-day holiday, any one that has ever prepared the meal knows that it is a week long process. Here at Greenling, we like to make meals as easy peasy as they can be, so here is a collection of some great Turkey Day recipes. We tried to incorporate as much of our great local produce as possible!
The following recipes follow the usual Thanksgiving table more or less:
Mashed Potato Dish: Whenever I’m mashing potatoes I always ask myself cheese or no cheese? So here are two recipes, one without cheese (but with roasted garlic) or one with cheese (goat cheese and caramelized onions) so that you can ask yourself the same question.
Sweet Potato Dish: Some people live for the sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, but it’s not my thing. Instead, I think I’ll try out these chipotle mashed sweet potatoes or this sweet potato vichyoisse.
Green Bean Dish: Roasting vegetables gives such different depth to your side dishes. This green bean dish from Fine Cooking is a simple roasted bean dish topped with Parmesan and pine nuts. The fact that the green beans were grown and harvested right down the road makes it even more delicious!
Stuffing: Stuffing is fun because it is quite the kitchen sink sort of dish. Here is a simple stuffing that you can add all of your favorite veggies to: mushrooms, carrots, and more. My mother always adds the pecans that litter her backyard and some poblanos.
Salad: While the salad usually takes a back seat to potatoes and cranberry sauce, this salad with local arugula, goat cheese, and pear will change your mind.
Cranberry Sauce: Everyone has their own idea of what cranberry sauce should be like, so I am just going to offer smitten kitchen’s small ode to the turkey’s best friend, cranberry sauce.
Turkey: The bird is a beast that must be dealt with a gentle hand. My favorite Thanksgiving turkey is the one my dad smokes outside. Though it might not be traditional, it fits perfectly with my Texas family. However, here is a recipe for an Herb-Roasted Turkey with Pinot Noir Gravy that will woo all of your guests if the smoker isn’t your thing.
Pecan Pie: My dad loves pecan pie so it is always the first pie to have a spot with the pie assortment. Because of this I have made a lot of pecan pies, and while I love chocolate in my pecan pies, this one from Cooking Light takes the cake (or pie..).
We’d love to hear about your own holiday traditions or perhaps new recipes! As always send them our way through the comments section or email to email@example.com.
Happy Turkey Day