10 Amazing Finds for Your Thanksgiving Feast!

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Holiday Sangria

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I wanted to share 10 amazing finds for those still cooking up ideas on what to serve their family and friends.  Straight from my own kitchen is an amazing Sangria recipe that was graciously shared with me when I lived in Portugal.  It is super easy and always a hit at gatherings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle Wine
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Apple
  • 750 ml 7Up

Directions:

  1. Combine wine, cinnamon sticks, sugar and sliced apple
  2. Set overnight
  3. Add 7Up
  4. Serve and enjoy!

To go along with that yummy beverage, I searched Pinterest for the most amazing dinner recipes from fellow bloggers and compiled the mouth-watering list below.  Each is linked to the recipe and I’ve compiled a shopping list below for those looking to make this their Thanksgiving feast.  I am looking forward to trying each of these recipes on my table this year!

  1. Roasted Honey and Sriracha Brussel Sprouts
  2. Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Parmesan Bread Crumbs 
  3. Rosemary and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  4. Honey and Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  5. Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce
  6. Cranberry Pear Stuffing
  7. Rosemary Roasted Carrots
  8. Pumpkin Pie
  9. Applewood Smoked Turkey with Cider Bourbon Gravy

 

Shopping List

**Please check serving sizes on recipes**

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sriracha Honey Drizzle (serves 4 as a side dish)

  • 1 lb brussel sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sriracha Honey Drizzle:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

Roasted Asparagus:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, just the yellow part not the pith
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, ends trimmed and last inch of stalk peeled
lemon vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 10 medium cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into large cubes + more for serving if desired
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary + more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: 

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cranberry Sauce:

  • 2 (12 oz.) packages of cranberries
  • 2/3 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of one orange, plus extra for garnish
  • 1-3 Tbsp. bourbon (to taste)

Stuffing:

  • 1  cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package (16 ounces) seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups dried cranbberries
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped ripe pears
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute

Carrots:

  • 2 bunches of small carrots (about 24), peeled
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. minced rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Pumpkin Pie:

  • Homemade Pie Crust (full recipe makes 2 crusts: 1 for bottom, 1 for leaf decor)
  • 2 cups (15oz can; 450g) pumpkin puree*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) dark brown sugar*
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg*
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (I use 1% – any is fine)
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon milk

 Turkey:

  • Brine
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cups cold bourbon
  • 1 (7-pound) turkey breast
  • Turkey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika (I used bourbon smoked paprika – so good)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • soaked applewood chips for smoking (our smoker calls for about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • Cider bourbon gravy
  • the reserved turkey neck
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups COLD low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

 

 

 

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