Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. The weather in Florida has finally cooled down. We can keep the windows and doors open so the fresh air flows through the house. Once we start cooking, the familiar smells waft through the air. There really is so much to be thankful for.
I’ve put together a menu of old and new recipes that will be sure to make a memorable meal for all. I kept it simple for a small crowd. Feel free to add your own favorites. I usually spend the whole day before Thanksgiving in the kitchen so the day of is not so bad.
Guests arrive: I always put something out when family arrives to have with a drink 🥃 before the appetizer is served. This can be as simple as Parmesan crisps and a veggie platter.
Appetizer: The perfect appetizer is Butternut Squash Soup. It is light and just right to start the meal. You can serve it with a side of roasted asparagus and the best Stuffed Mushrooms ever!
The Main Course: Another drink 🍷 and a few hours later, it’s time for the big meal. We always have the turkey and the spiral ham. But I have to tell you, the dish we wait all year for is Grandma’s Stuffing. I fully understand that most people think their family stuffing recipe is the best, but we really think ours is. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this is a must! For years I made a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, but I’ve recently switched to Mashed Potatoes with gravy. Either one is delicious. If you’ve got the energy, make both. My shortcut of the day is canned cranberry. I make everything else, so I give myself a break with this and I actually really like it.
Dessert: There is no better ending to the day than Homemade Pumpkin Pie 🥧 and a cup of coffee ☕️ .
I’m drooling writing this and so ready for Thanksgiving. If it was up to me I’d pass right over Halloween 🎃 and go straight to Thanksgiving. 🤫