Monday, November 22, 2010

Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Dishes

pic from wikipedia

Are you still looking for the perfect side dish or dessert to take to Thanksgiving Dinner?

Well here are some ideas...

I was feeling a little under the weather on Friday evening and Saturday morning so I spent a lot of time watching the Food Network in my bed.  I found this awesome show called 5 Ingredient Fix.  The host made a full 9 dish Thanksgiving Meal with all items having 5 ingredients or less.  Pretty amazing.  Now I haven't tried any of these but here were some of my faves that looked pretty easy to do.
-Brie and Onion Puff-Seems very simple as long as you have access to an oven and would make a great appetizer.
-Spicy Cranberry Chutney-It might sound weird, but she adds some jalapeno in to her cranberry sauce and I'm all about a little extra spice.
-Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic Chips-She actually fries the garlic in some oil before adding them to the green beans.
-Pecan Bars-These seemed easy to make and would be a great alternative to Pumpkin Pie (if there must be an alternative to pumpkin pie).

Now, if you are in charge of the dessert and want something a little different (or extra desserts), I definitely recommend the Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.  These were a hit when I brought them to work.  Plus Shanzie made them for her work the other day and they were gone by the end of the day.

If you have vegetarians or vegans coming to dinner, quinoa salad is always an option.  Here is a vegan one and a vegetarian one (with feta).

I also really like this salad I made a few months ago that has apples, granola, cranberries, and blue cheese in it.  It's ingredients are Fall themed and therefore would make a great addition to Thanksgiving Dinner.

Mac and cheese is always good.  I loveeeee the kind my mom (Gammy's recipe) makes but if you want something a little healthier, here's a recipe for one that has some squash hidden in with the cheese and noodles.

These rich and creamy cheesy potatoes are also a great option and a nice alternative to regular mashed potatoes.

But really if you can't figure out anything to make but want to take something to a Thanksgiving dinner, there's always the classic pumpkin pie.  It's really easy to make.  The recipe is on the back of the can of pumpkin and people typically like it (unless they have a weird aversion to pumpkins).  Plus I made two different pies this weekend and I'm pretty sure pumpkin pie is not that bad for you as far as pies go.  It doesn't have a ton of sugar in it and pumpkin has a lot of vitamins.  (This is in comparison to the other pie I made which had 2 sticks of butter in it and multiple kinds of sugar.)

So Happy Thanksgiving week!
Are you hosting Thanksgiving or going somewhere for Thanksgiving or do you live in Canada and have a whole different day for Thanksgiving?
What are you making for Thanksgiving?
What is your favorite Thanksgiving Dish?


Jenni said...

I guess I have a weird aversion to pumpkins.

I'm contributing pear and goat cheese crostini's for Thanksgiving (Shanize shared her recipe) and I'm bringing a ham (bought at Whole Foods).

bmellisen said...

I think I will be attending 3-4 Thanksgiving festivals. I usually make sweet potato casserole because you can just add a lot of butter and sugar and it always tastes good. My family also makes this dessert called "Pink" stuff. I dont know if that is the technical term, but it is good. it is frozen, has cherries and whipped cream perhaps...ok, I dont really know what it is or what is in it, but I like it.

Hutch said...

You had me at Brie. No seriously, I want that now.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Those Pecan Bars....I'm totally gonna have to make those!

.adri. said...

ohmygoodness! that cupcake looks deeeeeeeelicious!


$hanzie said...

B-I think on One Tree Hill las tweek like 12 people make "pink stuff" and called it different things. Also I had some leftover sweet potato casserole last night and it was awesome.
Jenni, I am glad the goat cheese crostini worked out. I am not the biggest pumpkin fan ever but pumpkin pie is good and pumpkin cupcakes are awesome- seriously try them. On MOnday I was practically attacked walking through the door at work with people who wanted my mini cupcake recipe.

$hanzie said...

I would like to clarify- when I said "my mini cupcake recipe"... what I should have said was "the recipe I stole from this very blog."