The Thanksgiving Meal I Would be Making

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving meal in your home this year?

I actually have never hosted a major holiday in my home before.  We usually have so many other family gatherings that we are invited to, that I have never really had the opportunity.

Now, I’m certainly not complaining about this!  It’s wonderful to be able to just sit back and enjoy the delicious meals that are prepared by my fabulous mom, grandmas, aunts, and mother-in-law!

So I am not hosting Thanksgiving in my home this year, but I still thought it would be fun to think about what I would be preparing and serving if I were!  Welcome to my virtual Thanksgiving day feast!

Veggie Platter with Homemade Ranch Dip

Every holiday gathering has to have a try of veggies and dip for guests to snack on while the finishing touches are being put on the main course!  I love this homemade ranch dip served with a variety of different fresh veggies.

Citrus Brined Turkey

I’ve never made a whole turkey before, but if I ever do I am definitely going to try brining it.  Anne makes it sound so good in this post where she tells you exactly what steps to take to make your own citrus brined turkey.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yum.  That’s all I have to say about this.  Homemade cranberry sauce sweetened with maple syrup?  Yes, please!

Homestyle Stuffing

This is not your typical stuffing.  It is grain-free and uses almond flour, something that I have wanted to experiment more with recently.  It sounds so unique and delicious!

Green Bean Casserole

I must admit that I am not a big fan of the traditional green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and french onions on top.  But this green bean casserole from my friend Erin sounds so good!  And the bonus?  There are no cream-of soups to be found in this recipe!

Sweet Potato Casserole

This delicious recipe for Pumpkin Pie Casserole is one that I shared on Keeper of the Home last year.  I’ve made it with sweet potatoes in place of the pumpkin puree before and it makes an awesome Sweet Potato Casserole also.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These homemade mashed potatoes are amazing.  I could eat them every day!  They would definitely make my Thanksgiving day menu.

Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

These 100% whole wheat rolls look absolutely perfect!  This tutorial shows you exactly how to make soft, yummy homemade rolls that everyone will love.

Pumpkin Pie

I never cared for pumpkin pie growing up, until I tried this version made with fresh pumpkin.  Now it’s one of my favorite desserts.  Give it a try!

Pecan Pie

This pecan pie is sweetened with nothing but maple syrup.  Yum.  I could really go for a piece right about now!

Cranberry, Apple, and Walnut Cake

I made this dessert at least three times last year over the holidays.  It. Is. Amazing.  Seriously, you have to make this cake sometime while fresh cranberries are available in the grocery store.  I can’t wait to make it again this year!

Pumpkin Eggnog

Just for fun, I would serve this pumpkin eggnog at my Thanksgiving feast also.  Just to wash down all the other dessert, you know?

How to Use up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

I’m fairly certain that after making a feast like this, we would have massive amounts of leftovers.  I love this article from Katie about how to use up every last bit of your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Nothing goes to waste!

And that, my friends, is my virtual Thanksgiving feast.  What would you add to the menu?  Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share?