Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

I can't believe Thanksgiving is already coming up! This is my first year playing host and chef so I thought I would blog about what I'm going to be cooking. Let me know if I missed a must have recipe. Any and all cooking tips are appreciated for this first timer!

The Menu

Thanksgiving Cheese Board - I thought this would be good to start everyone off. We're having the fam get to the house at 1:00 PM and I don't want anyone getting hangry waiting for dinner!

Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon and Burrata Salad - I wanted to offer salad but wasn't sure what kind would go with all of our heavy, fall food. This one just looked so good! Probably because I'm a sucker for anything with burrata...🙈

Herb Roasted Turkey - Ah the bird. Confession: I will not making the Thanksgiving turkey this time. I am passing that along to more experienced hands BUT if I was, I would trust none other than Gaby Dalkin from the blog, What's Gaby Cooking, for the perfect recipe.

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes - it's not really Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes. I mean, I don't know about y'all but my plate usually consists of half potatoes & half everything else. I love this recipe because the mascarpone makes this dish rich, creamy and oh so good. 

Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing - I've never been a huge fan of stuffing (I know, I know crazy right?). I do however love anything with lots of herbs so I'm hoping this one hits the spot. 

Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Toasted Marshmallow - Not only does this recipe bring sweet potato casserole to a whole new level, I have a feeling it's going to look very pretty on the table with those big puffs of marshmallow toasted to perfection! 

Slow-Cooked Collard Greens - the collards are a special request from Mr. Shan but I don't blame him for adding them to the menu. Who doesn't love a big pot of collards?! 

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts - brussels sprouts get such a bad rep! I think they're delicious but you have to know how to cook them. I guarantee you this recipe will change the minds of the naysayers.

Roasted Butternut Squash - this roasted butternut squash is like eating candy! It is so, so yummy. Also, it's by Ina Garten so how could it be bad?

Charred Carrots with Herbs - I like this recipe because I can make it on the stovetop instead of adding one more thing to an already overcrowded oven. Plus these carrots are delicious!

Zesty Cranberry Sauce - A fun twist on an old classic. Gaby once again knocks it out of the park with this cranberry sauce recipe.

Homemade Turkey Gravy - I know it might be easier to just buy the Williams-Sonoma jar of gravy and be done with it but I just can't do it. This recipe will literally take me a couple minutes to whip up!

Dinner Rolls - I'm cheating on these. I am grabbing a couple bags of Sister Schubert's and calling it a day. If I was superwoman and wanted to make these from scratch, I would pick this recipe.

Classic Pumpkin Pie With Cinnamon Whipped Cream - I do not need to make the pumpkin pie this year either (thank God for potlucks). If I was, I think this recipe would be a hit!

Classic Apple Crisp - Move over apple pie, apple crisp is in town! I could honestly just eat that amazing brown sugar topping and call it a day but it's Thanksgiving so I'll make the whole thing and share...maybe.

Key Lime Pie - some of you are probably scratching your heads over this addition to the list. Let me explain. When I was younger, I wanted to contribute a dish for Thanksgiving and one of the things I made well was Key Lime Pie. It was such a hit that the tradition stuck! There was only one year where it failed miserably but I'll let Mr. Shan explain that one to you...😏 Just ask him about boiling limes!