My grandmother is hosting Thanksgiving in Kansas City this year, she and my mom have been hosting it every year for as long as I can remember. They make a ton of delicious food that no one has room for more than a few bites, but we stuff ourselves silly anyway because it’s just so dang good!
They have gotten the Thanksgiving menu down to a science. Everyone’s favorites are always there and if something is missing, we notice. My favorite is my grandma’s praline sweet potato casserole….I could bathe in the stuff. (Is that weird?…That’s weird.) We all pretty much know exactly what will be on the table before we even get there. As much as I love the routine and comfort, I also feel like throwing something new in there from time to time. Now that I’m older and I’m having kids of my own, I kind of feel like I should be contributing too. I mean one of these days, I may be hosting Thanksgiving and I’ve never even cooked a turkey!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no hurry to host just yet. My mom and grandma love doing it and they are really good at it….like really, really good. No pressure. But I am on the look out for a good signature side dish, or appetizer, that could be my “thing”. I don’t want to replace anyone’s favorite dish and be shunned from the table, so I’d like to find something that we don’t currently have. I’ve gathered some options that are making me wish Thanksgiving was tomorrow….
Clockwise: Whipped Goat Cheese, Curried Sweet Potato Rounds w/ Honeyed Walnuts, Cranberries and Blue Cheese, Spicy Fontina Spinach, Artichoke and Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms, 5-Ingredient Cranberry + Brie Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Swirls
I’m leaning towards those stuffed mushrooms, but I just can’t decide. Who knows, maybe I’ll just make all four! Any good apps or side dishes you can’t live without on the big day?