While Jordan and I have decided to go on a quick rendezvous in place of cooking a turkey dinner, I can’t help but dream up a menu that I would love to serve. Especially when the blog world is filled with so many delicious fall-themed dishes. To indulge, I decided to put together an entire menu inspired by my fellow bloggers. I hope you all can take some inspiration from this list and decide to try new things. It’s fun to shake things up!
So without further ado, let’s have fun planning my imaginary Thanksgiving.
Having everything timed correctly can be tricky. Plan on taking longer than usual and make sure to have some booze on hand. It helps keep guests relaxed and happy. I love Jessica’s take on fall-themed apple cider margaritas.
The star of the meal is obviously the turkey. Usually I love a classic rub. One based with butter and filled with lots of fresh herbs. But, for some reason Melissa Clark’s hot chile butter-rubbed bird is calling my name. I can’t even imagine how awesome the gravy would be.
Personally, I look forward to a plethora of sides. If there is one classic dish that must make an appearance, it has to go to green bean casserole. This version by Cindy from Hungry Girl por Vida will make you regret ever buying a can of cream of mushroom soup.
I hate to plug myself, but this potato and turnip gratin is seriously one of the greatest discoveries I’ve made in 2012. It feels a little more gourmet than mashed potatoes but is just as easy to throw together.
I really look forward to buttery roasted carrots each year, so those would definitely have to make an imaginary appearance. Evan from The Wannabe Chef has a modern take on baked carrots. I can’t imagine what vanilla and rosemary would taste like together, but I can’t imagine I wouldn’t love it.
We can’t forget the bread category! Turkey day is not complete without the presence of doughy, buttery dinner rolls. Averie from Averie Cooks seriously had me drooling when I saw this recipe. I don’t even need the upcoming holiday as an excuse to bake these up. They are officially on my to-make ASAP list.
And the part we all look forward to–dessert. I was in awe of Emilie’s pumpkin pecan pie bars with bourbon vanilla whipped cream when I discovered them. They look incredibly rich and chewy. My kind of sweet ending. And bourbon-flavored anything? Yes, please.
Now, let’s give thanks.