Thanksgiving 2010

November 19th, 2010 by katie

Thanksgiving Recipes

We are still sorting through some serious issues here in the chaos house, so thanks for bearing with me.  Here is a quick round-up of all of the festive, holiday recipes on the site if you are looking for some inspiration this Thanksgiving.


  • Maple Bacon White Bean Salad -This salad can be thrown together in minutes and offers a nice green starter or side.
  • Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheese Salad -This is an impressive salad to serve alongside the big meal.  Mix up the dressing ahead of time and combine greens, onions, pecans, and blue cheese in a serving bowl the day before and refrigerate.  Thursday morning, set the dressing on the counter to warm up.  When ready to serve, caramelize your pears quickly in a hot skillet, toss greens mixture with dressing and serve.
  • Onion Dip -A great choice for anyone asked to bring a snack for guests to nibble on during dinner preparations.  Mix it up at home and it will be ready to serve by the time you reach your destination.
  • Prosciutto and Cheese Wrapped Figs -We can still get fresh figs in Texas and if you can get them this makes a nice fancy appetizer for party guests.
  • Spinach Dip -Another quick, cold dip.  This is a great one to prepare alongside a vegetable crudité platter.
  • Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip -This is a nice one to make early in the day for guest and kitchen helpers to munch on, you know, to keep their strength up for the big meal.
  • Homemade Chex Party Mix -Popular for a reason this is another great nibble to set out to keep people from scratching at the kitchen door.


  • Creamed Corn -I love creamed corn.  We usually heat up frozen corn as an additional vegetable side, but this creamed corn is rich and delicious.  Prepare on the stove top while the turkey is resting.
  • Corn Casserole -This is an easy, delicious way to serve corn at Thanksgiving.  It can also be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen until ready to bake.
  • Creamed Spinach -Another great vegetable side that’s quick to prepare while the turkey rests.  Thaw a box of frozen spinach and squeeze dry to make this one super fast.
  • Cranberry Sauce -Cranberry sauce is so easy to make there really is no excuse.  It can also be made several days ahead, just don’t forget to pull it out of the fridge Thursday morning!
  • Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole -Mix this one up the day before and refrigerate.  On Thursday, set it on the counter to warm up while the turkey is in the oven.  Once the turkey is out and resting, this one can take a spot on the bottom rack next to the dressing.
  • Caramelized Butternut Squash -A good alternative to sweet potatoes, these roast on the top rack while the casseroles are heating up.  Chop your squash the day before and refrigerate in a large mixing bowl.  Just dump your sugar and butter in the bowl, toss, and spread out on a baking sheet when ready to roast.
  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole -Because you can’t have too many cheesy starches at Thanksgiving.  A good one for those who don’t have traditional mashed potatoes (or make a large pot of mashed potatoes and split in half to have both).
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Brussels Sprouts -I always like to serve as many vegetables at Thanksgiving as possible, I think it is a nice balance to the heaviness of the rest of the dishes.

The Turkey

  • Fried Turkey -Free up your oven and cook your turkey in an hour rather than waiting around all day.
  • Smoked Turkey -Try something different this year (and free up your oven)!



  • Cream Soup Substitute -Make ahead of time to use in your casseroles.
  • Chicken or Turkey Stock -Make ahead to have turkey stock on hand for stuffing and gravy, especially if you are smoking or frying your turkey.  Definitely make it after dinner with your carcass for the next week’s turkey noodle soup, etc…
  • Homemade Apple Cider -For sipping.
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8 Responses

  1. Tom

    Wonderful update! I’m not hosting this year and am missing all the prep and shopping, but I am definitely going to try some of these the weekend of Thanksgiving. By the way, I have been looking for a copy cat recipe for Kroger brand onion dip. I grew up on it and am no longer in a state with Kroger stores. Do you or your readers think you can help?

  2. Lea Ann

    I could eat that whole pan of Creamed Corn. 🙂

    Great post

  3. stephen

    wow! what a great useful post for the holidays. the salad looks great.

  4. alexandra

    Amazing spread you have outlined here. Thank you! That creamed corn looks incredible.

  5. Michelle

    I love the idea of pumpkin cheesecake! I’ll have to try it.

  6. Jancd

    Made your corn casserole for our Thanksgiving dinner today. It was delicious. My peppers were a little hot, so it really added a pop to our dinner!!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Jimi

    Just wanted to say that I miss your posts. So thankful that you have such a great site with lots of recipes to explore. Hope things are okay!

  8. Biz

    Just checking in . . . hope things are going as well as expected through this difficult time.



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cha·os -noun 1. a condition or place of great disorder or confusion. My chaotic kitchen is the result of three kids, two adults, dog, cat, and fish, a food obsession, a wine drinking hobby, and too few hours in the day. Between trying to feed a family of five healthy, happy meals, watching my weight, saving my pennies, and staying partially sane I have picked up a few tricks along the way. So here they are: the very best tips, tricks, and recipes from my chaotic kitchen-to yours!

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