Last Minute Thanksgiving


Here we are, two days away from Thanksgiving. TWO DAYS. Truth be told, I haven't given much thought to what I'm making this year because I'm living in a place called DENIAL right now.

What I do know is that I'll be making a scrumptious sweet potato puree with pecans that I've never posted before cuz I always make it last minute and never have enough time to photograph it. Maybe one year I'll get around to it. This year I've been given the responsibility of making a fancy dessert and I'm thinking this Pear Cranberry Crumble might fit the bill! My mom always makes a traditional pumpkin pie but we always like something new and different to serve with it.

If you're waiting til the last minute like me, let me throw you a life raft. I've got a few ideas for you!

Let's discuss appetizers!

Butternut Squash Ricotta & Sage Crostini (doesn't this just SCREAM Thanksgiving?)

Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta (impress your guests with your own ricotta!)

Caramelized Mushroom & Shallot Bruschetta (mushroom lovers unite)

Herbed Cheese Straws (Puff pastry. Nuff said)

And now we have our salad course....

Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad (turn a new generation onto B-sprouts!)

Arugula Fennel & Orange Salad (bright orange, crunchy fennel & peppery arugula. Yumtown.)

Tuscan Kale Salad with Pecorino (it's like a Caesar but with kale!)

And then we have some side dishes:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Cranberries (vegetarian, vegan, GF you name it!)

Delicata Squash with Kale & Cannellini Beans (heartiest salad to satisfy a vegan or vegetarian!)

Nut Stuffed Delicata Squash (nuts, sage & cheese stuffed inside a delicata squash!)

Baked Apples with Savory Stuffing (a fun way to shake up stuffing!)

Let's talk about desserts! If you wanna do something different this year, try some of these:

Fluffy Pumpkin Parfaits (like pumpkin pie in a cup!)

Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream (remember freezing time!)

pumpkin cake with brown butter icing

Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing (can be turned into cupcakes!)

Pumpkin Cream Pie (creamy & dreamy!)

And how about topping it off with some Hot Vanilla Cider?

hot vanilla cider

Start saving your calories NOW!!



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  • November 22, 2011

    The cream on the Pumpkin Cream Pie looks amazing. Makes me want to jump right through the screen and get some - yum! Hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving and your dessert goes well.

  • November 22, 2011

    Everything looks amazing! What's your favorite thing at Thanksgiving? We're venturing into Tofurky territory this year...eeep!

  • November 22, 2011

    I don't even know which one to start with. Everything looks so yummy!

  • November 22, 2011

    i'll have a plate of everything please and thank you - especially those crostini and cheese straws! i think this pregnancy is making me crave carbs (although let's be honest, i craved them anyway. being preggo is just an excuse for that...)

  • November 22, 2011

    Last minute? It will take me hours to decide which of these recipes to choose! Thanks for sharing all of them and have a great Thanksgiving yourself.

  • November 22, 2011

    I'm SO on the brussels sprouts train.

  • November 22, 2011

    These are some good choices! Hope you get your menu nailed down soon! :)

  • MaryBeth
    November 22, 2011

    I live in Canada so I've already had my thanksgiving, BUT your post is making me think I should do another just so I can try out these delicious recipes! YUmmY!!!!

  • November 22, 2011

    First: Your photos are gorgeous - everything looks scrumptious!
    Second: Will try the Pumpkin Cream Pie, wish me luck!
    Third: Thanks for some inspiration & Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 22, 2011

    I love those cheese straws! I've got to make a batch soon!

  • November 22, 2011

    Sigh....I want to go to your house for Thanksgiving.

  • November 22, 2011

    Oh Tracy! These all look so good! I really want to try those stuffed apples. Let's be friends. Sigh.

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