You should not blog about Thanksgiving recipes while hungry--it's like shopping when hungry. I'm about to do something I'll regret like go into the kitchen and eat half a bag of tortilla chips standing over the kitchen sink. Once I finish here...
I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Thanksgiving recipes today. I'll begin with the stuffing which I first made in 1995 (I still have my dog-eared, gravy-stained stained copy of Gourmet) and have made nearly every year since. It's truly amazing, involving sausage, corn bread, fennel and Pernod.
I'm not into stuffing but I'm into this. Sweet and earthy, it's the perfect accompaniment to turkey.
I finally got wise to brining a few years ago and now I'm a brining fool. I've experimented with several different brines and this has been my hands-down favorite. It works great with a whole chicken and I bet it would also be wonderful with a pork loin.
You might think "sublime brussel sprout" is an oxymoron. Until you try this recipe. It takes eons to make but it's totally worth it.
Another gem from Gourmet, this one not quite as vintage being from 2006. The best pumpkin pie I've ever had.
The above things are non-negotiable but the salad can vary from year to year. I really love the Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Spicy Greens Recipe from 101 Cookbooks. Last year I spotted this Spicy Green Apple Salad from the fabulous Thai cooking blog She Simmers--it sounds like it would be the perfect thing, bright and light, to cut through some of the heaviness of the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? I hope you all have a wonderful day, whatever you do, whatever you eat! No excuse me while I go find those corn chips.