Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes of 2015

Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving?

I feel like fall just arrived and all of a sudden, we’re coming to an end.

Thanksgiving Recipes

But I’m super excited for Thanksgiving! There’s always plenty of food.

With my family, we always spend the morning and early afternoon cooking all the sides and desserts,then we set them at a long table so that we can grab food, buffet style. Sometimes we invite friends to come over. Other times, not. It just really varies. And we never make the turkey at home. At first, it was because we didn’t have a working oven, and later, it’s too much of a hassle. There’s just no room to defrost the turkey. And that’s fine for us. It means we have plenty more time to make all the sides and desserts.

I’ve made plenty of sides, desserts, and beverages over the past two years. And in case you still need a last minute idea for your Thanksgiving dinner, or a Black Friday pick me up, you can try one of the recipes below. Let me know what your traditions are! I love to hear about it!

Before I start the list though, while I have your attention, Thanksgiving is a time of giving. If you can spare just a little bit of money or a little bit of food, donate to your local food drive or charity. There are always people in need. Some may have recently lost their job, or face some other financial difficulties. Even a dollar can go a long way. Think of that can of soup that goes on sale for a dollar at your supermarket, or that box of pasta, or that pasta sauce. Anything you can spare can go a long way in helping a hungry family.

 

Sides

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

My most popular recipe ever. Warm garlic bread filled with cheese in every single bite. I swear, I could sit there and eat these all on my own. It’s the perfect side to go with your dinner.

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cheddar Biscuits with Honey Butter

This cheddar biscuits are fluffy and slightly crispy on the outside. With honey butter, they’re irresistible. I intend to serve these at the Thanksgiving table this year. Super easy for your guests to grab.

Cheddar Biscuits with Honey Butter | Cooking with a Wallflower

Brussel Sprouts Chips

Just in case you want something different, these Brussels sprouts chips are so delicious and addictive. Even Brussels sprouts haters will love. So crispy and light.

Brussels Sprouts Chips | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Kale Mac and Cheese

If you love pumpkin and mac and cheese, you’ll love this version of your favorite fall comfort food. Plus there’s kale to make this comfort food healthier too.

Pumpkin Kale Mac and Cheese | Cooking with a Wallflower

Butternut Squash Fries

This was my ultimate favorite side last year. Butternut squash has so much flavor. They taste amazing as fries.

Butternut Squash Fries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries

The color itself would stand out at any gathering. But I love the light maple glaze on these fries. Plus, these were featured on Buzzfeed.

Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

For a sweet version of mac and cheese, you should definitely give this a taste.

Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | Cooking with a Wallflower

Chicken Pot Pie Puff Pastries

These are classic chicken pot pies served in puff pastries. Super easy to serve to your guests since there’s no cutting and dividing involved.

Chicken Pot Pie Puff Pastries | Cooking with a Wallflower

 

Beverages

Fresh Apple Cider

One of my favorite fall drinks! Fresh apples cooked with cinnamon, nutmeg, clover, and sugar, this fresh apple cider embodies the flavors of fall. I would definitely recommend making this beforehand so that you won’t have to worry about it Thanksgiving Day.

Fresh Apple Cider | Cooking with a Wallflower

Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Sometimes we need that pick me up in the morning. I know I always want to snack as I cook. This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is super easy to make and filled with plenty of chocolate chips. Make this the day before, or even earlier in the week, so you can have something to snack on while you cook.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Pie Bars

These pumpkin pie bars are just like the classic pumpkin pie except it’s in bar form. And if you ask me, so much easier to serve. I can never get the pie slices to stay intact!

Pumpkin Pie Bars | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Pumpkin + cheesecake + brownies. This really is the all in one dessert. Totally perfect for Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Brownies | Cooking with a Wallflower

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

They’re donuts! How can you resist them when they’re filled with pumpkin and covered with maple glaze?

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

16 comments

  1. Joe Labriola says:

    Your recipes have inspired me with the phrase “diabolically delicious”, which I will promptly use in my writing, thanks!

  2. SueT唐 梦 琇 says:

    Oh my goodness, all your food looks fantastic especially the vegetarian food, love tbrussel sprouts, the cheesy garlic pull apart and butternut squash fries (which I have never tried), whilst we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia I love your sentiment about ‘giving’, this is very lovely of you. We have a xmas tree at work and all gifts are going to underprivileged children, so I am going out today to buy a whole lot of presents. Love your blog.

  3. Ashley says:

    My mouth is watering! Your recipes always look so fantastic, plus these ones look perfect for the season.
    One question though! Cheddar is impossible to find in Spain, is there a type of cheese (preferably European) that you suggest for replacing cheddar in recipes like mac and cheese or your cheddar biscuits?

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