Want a classic turkey day with family all gathered around a dining room table? Take inspiration from the Classic Thanksgiving menu featuring an herb-brined roast turkey. Want to host a more upscale dinner and serve classics with a twist? Serve the “get fancy” menu. Want to add a punch of flavor to the feast? Go with the “Out-of-the-box” menu which combines classic preparations with some more unique flavor inspiration like the chili rubbed turkey with orange. Opting for a “Friendsgiving” potluck this year instead of a larger family gathering? Check out some inspiration for easy and unique dishes to bring to your Friendsgiving – trade a whole turkey for a more manageable turkey breast roulade or stuffed pumpkins.
These recipes are timeless for a reason – they are the tried and true ones my family turns to year after year. While brining the turkey takes a bit of planning and prep work, the tender, juicy meat is well worth it! I start the feast with a Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Cream. The Herb Brined Turkey is served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots, Buttermilk Biscuits and followed by Apple Crisp topped with lots of vanilla ice cream.
For classic Thanksgiving décor decorate the table with intertwined eucalyptus branches (I also like to use willow, silver dollar and true blue) and small candles on a wood table with a simple table-runner.