I love food. I love cooking it, I love baking it, and I especially love eating it. Going to the grocery store? Notsomuch. But everything else food-related, yes.
My favorite holiday foods run the gamut. They range from turkey and gravy all the way to dessert and everything in between. And since Thanksgiving is next week, please enjoy this Thanksgiving recipe roundup of some of my all-time favorite dishes!
Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
1. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Swirl
My former sister-in-law used to make a divine pumpkin cheesecake every Thanksgiving. I tried to recreate it a couple of times and it was delicious, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty as hers. There’s just something about the swirl I could not get right.
2. Sweet Potato Crunch
I never really liked sweet potato casserole. It was okay, I guess. But I’m not a huge marshmallow person so I was never really into it that much. When I linked up with Angela a couple weeks ago and saw her recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping, I realized it was very similar to the recipe my mother-in-law gave me years ago. I haven’t tried Angela’s but if it’s anything like my mother-in-law’s, you’re in for a treat.
3. Aunt Flo’s Chocolate Mousse Torte
No Thanksgiving is complete without my Auntie Flo’s Chocolate Mousse Torte. Trust me, you’ll love it.
4. “Karo-less” Pecan Pie
My husband’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert is pecan pie. After watching a couple documentaries about healthy and responsible eating, we decided to go corn syrup-free. Unfortunately for my husband, we quickly realized the main ingredient in pecan pie is — you guessed it — corn syrup. So, a few Thanksgivings ago, my sister-in-law challenged us to make a corn syrup free version of this sweet treat, and we did. It’s so amazing. It’s not gooey like the traditional version but still maintains a great texture and all the flavor. I hope you love it as much as we do.
5. Upside Down Turkey
And last, but certainly not least, is the upside down turkey. If you’ve never brined your bird and cooked your turkey upside down, I highly encourage it. It is the messiest (to cook), tastiest, and juiciest turkey — ever. My aunt first introduced us to this recipe 10 years or so ago, and it’s been a family staple ever since.
First, you must brine the bird. There are lots and lots of brine recipes on the web. Unfortunately I can’t find the exact one we use but here’s a basic recipe with instructions on how to brine. After you brine the bird for 24 hours, you cook it upside down. All the juices stay put, and it’s delicious and amazing. Here are instructions for cooking your bird upside down. Believe me, brining and upside down cooking is life changing.
I hope you get to try new recipes this Thanksgiving. We are going to my aunt and uncle’s house this year. I haven’t received my assignments yet so I’m not quite sure what I’ll be making. Hopefully I’ll find something new to try on everyone. I know it is hard to break from beloved Thanksgiving traditions but I hope to try at least one new Thanksgiving recipe this year!
Don’t forget to link up with Fairytales and Fitness and me for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Have a great weekend.
TALK TO ME!
What’s the one thing you always make for or bring to Thanksgiving dinner?
What’s one Thanksgiving recipe you could do without?
Also linking up with the ladies of Foodie Friday!