Recipe Roundup: A Houston Moms Thanksgiving Feast

Family of four gathered around the table after making Thanksgiving recipesThanksgiving is my favorite holiday, ever. Truly, how can any other holiday compare to this amazing yearly food extravaganza? I am an avid collector of recipes and my virtual Thanksgiving “file folder” is basically bursting at the seams. Here, I’ve laid out some of my trusty tried-and-true recipes for your Thanksgiving table this year:

Starters:

Mains:

  • For my Thanksgiving turkey, I love a good old-fashioned brined, then baked bird. I use Pioneer Woman’s brine recipe to marinate my turkey and then I pop it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day morning to bake. Super easy and super delicious! I have also tried the Juicy Roast Turkey recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen and it is wonderful, too! I like to serve my turkey with this zingy cranberry sauce
     
  • If you’re not into turkey, then give this Prime Rib a shot! Not only does it taste wonderful, it makes a beautiful centerpiece, too! I am personally partial to eating prime rib with horseradish sauce
     
  • I am a huge fan of savory tarts, and this French Tomato Tart by David Lebovitz is both gorgeous and delicious! Honestly, his entire Thanksgiving section is incredible! Maybe this will finally be the year I try my hand at making gougères… cheese puffs, here I come!

Sides:

  • My family just loves bread rolls! And you really can’t beat the tastiness of a homemade batch. I love these Lion House rolls made with THE MOST luscious enriched dough. They take a bit of effort but they’re well worth the time!
     
  • This corn casserole is the perfect complement to any comforting meal. I first tried it at a potluck several years ago, but I never asked around for the recipe. Google helped me find this version, and it’s delicious, guys—you should definitely try it!
     
  • I am a big fan of sweet potato casserole even though some may think it’s disgusting to plop a bunch of marshmallows on top of whipped tubers {I’m clearly not one of those people- pile it on!}. Using an Instant Pot to make this dish also helps to free up your oven and stove top, too!
     
  • I’m pretty sure green bean casserole is a must-have Thanksgiving side, and Alton Brown’s version of it is *so* good. Those homemade oven fried onions elevate the dish to a whole different level! 
  • My kids are big fans of this lovely mashed potatoes recipe. I think it’s the roasted garlic that makes them such a hit every year! If you prefer more of a crispy and creamy texture combo, though, then give these roasted potatoes by Ina Garten a try.
     
  • Another easy vegetable side dish that I like to make every holiday season are these yummy glazed carrots. They aren’t difficult to toss together and the lovely sweet flavor always goes over well with little ones.
     
     
  • Low carb lovers will love this recipe! Skinnytaste’s roasted cauliflower is another one of our family favorites.  
  • A friend of mine made this lemony kale salad for Friendsgiving once and I fell head over heels for this recipe right away. It’s light, delicious, and incredibly simple to throw together! 

Desserts:

  • Can I tell you a secret? I prefer pie over cake. Like 99% of the time. And Thanksgiving Day is the best day for eating ALL the pies. I personally am partial to chocolate cream, but classic apple pie is yummy, too! I also adore peach, pumpkin, and lemon pie. Many Southern tables may also include a chess or sweet potato pie; my mother-in-law makes both of these pies for us every year! #spoiled 
     
  • There is no better time to bring out all the pumpkin desserts than on Thanksgiving Day. This pumpkin roulade would absolutely be a showstopper on your dessert table, but this pumpkin crème brûlée sounds delish, too!
     

    Drinks:

  • I am simply obsessed with all things apple cider around this time of year! This wassail recipe can be made ahead of time and then kept warm in a crockpot. The entire house will smell of warming spices, too! 
  • For those that choose not to imbibe, this nonalcoholic Thanksgiving punch is the perfect alternative. It’s also quite easy to customize! 

What Thanksgiving recipes are you going to be serving up this year? Drop a comment below and let us know! 


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Cindy was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. She has a BS from the University of Texas at Austin in elementary education and a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Houston Baptist University. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, Stuart, after 10 years of dating. Stuart and Cindy are the parents of two beautiful girls and an adorable miniature schnauzer. In her spare time, Cindy loves to bake and try new recipes. In fact, her greatest ambition in life is to be a contestant on the Great American Baking Show one day. Cindy is also a huge Backstreet Boys fan and has seen them live in concert 9 times! Cindy has enjoyed writing her entire life and loves being a contributor for HMB.

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