Most of our blog posts focus on local restaurants and upcoming events, but over the holidays bringing a storebought side dish isn’t going to cut it with your mother in law. This Thanksgiving, wow your friends and family with one of the delectable dishes below. From appetizers, side dishes, the turkey and leftovers the next day – we’ve found recipes that are sure to impress all of your guests.
Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is an all-day ordeal. That’s why it’s important to make a snack to curb your hunger and distract the kids from asking “How much longer until we eat?” for the 20th time. These Cranberry Brie Bites, created by Delish.com, are equally sweet and painless to make (Total time to prepare is just 35 minutes!) All you’ll need is a tube of crescent dough, brie cheese, cranberry sauce, pecans, and rosemary to garnish. Grab the full recipe to keep your little distractions out of your kitchen!
Okay, hear us out. We know the Thanksgiving salad never gets eaten, but on such a carb-heavy day it’s important to get some nutrients int0 your body. This salad is easy to make and easy to eat, so you’re out of excuses. All you’ll need is 5 minutes, pomegranate seeds (buy pre-picked seeds if you’re feeling lazy), arugula, Parmigiano shavings, walnuts, and a few other garnishes to complete this health-conscious side dish. We promise you won’t be scraping this into the trash!
Potatoes are a staple Thanksgiving food, but you’ve probably been eating them the same way your entire life. This Thanksgiving, mix things up with this slow cooker dish that combines old and new holiday flavors. Because it’s a slow-cooker dish, you’ll need to allocate at least 5 hours for the potatoes to cook. Aside from the lengthy cook time, this recipe is relatively easy, only calling for sweet potatoes, blue cheese, thyme, candied pecans, butter, maple syrup, and salt and pepper to taste. It’s never too later to create another family recipe!
Most people follow the turkey recipe passed down from their family, but if you’ve yet to find the perfect way to cook your bird maybe we can help. This might be the first time you’ve cooked the turkey or you just haven’t found the perfect recipe yet. If that’s the case, this easy no-fuss turkey recipe (and information guide) is exactly what you need. No washing, no brining, no basting, or expensive rotating pans – just one foolproof recipe!
We know you’ve already got the pumpkin pie covered, but what about a pumpkin tart? It sounds a little weird, but you can never have too many desserts during the holidays. This time-saving dish only takes an hour, so throw it in while the turkey is cut for a fresh out of the oven dessert. Our favorite part about this recipe is the crust, which is made from crushed up gingersnap cookies, butter, and just a pinch of kosher salt. The tart filling is just as simple with only six ingredients – pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla extract. These tarts can come out a little small, so make two if you have a bigger family.
Arguably the best part about Thanksgiving is all of the leftover food afterward. With your leftover turkey, you can make soups, stews, casseroles, you name it. Our favorite way to use leftovers is the next morning with this amazing DIY croque madame recipe. This dish might be even better than your Thanksgiving dinner. To create the leftover croque madame you’ll use up your old cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and turkey while adding a few extra ingredients like gruyere cheese and crispy prosciutto. This recipe is one of the more difficult on the list, but it’s more than worth it.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Bite! If you’re looking for something to do while you’re in town for the holiday we will have our Walking Food Tours running all weekend. Bring your friends and family for a unique view of San Diego!