Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving

Next week is Thanksgiving.  If we are lucky, friends and family will grace each elbow and plates will be piled high with food.   If we are truly blessed, the turkey won’t be dry, the gravy will be lump-free, and family will behave themselves (at least through dinner).

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, it’s easy to get consumed with perfecting pie crust and debating whether to prepare three different stuffings to accommodate everyone’s dietary restrictions. It’s understandable that we all want the big day to be perfect.  Yet, as I keep reminding myself, it’s not about the food that’s on your table, but rather the people gathered round it.

Last week, I sent out this list of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving to my FOOD LOVE clients on my email distribution list.  It quickly became my most read email newsletter to date and I like to think that this holiday season these Minced recipes will be gracing many a table.  Hopefully more than one thing will make you hungry although if your craving more, I encourage you to check out my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest for further inspiration.   May all this talk of food get you in the spirit and in the kitchen.  Here’s to a wonderful holiday!

What’s cooking this Thanksgiving?
Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes from my food blog, Minced, that I think would make a mouth-watering addition to your Thanksgiving table.  Those with an asterisk (*) can be made in advance and frozen.


Blue Cheese Gougeres*
Gruyere and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Caramelized Onion Dip
Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham and Honey Mustard

French Soup (aka Mashed Potato Soup)
Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup


Beet Tartare
Poached Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
Jeweled Beet, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad

The Bird
Not a turkey recipe, but it never hurts to do a practice round with chicken and the gravy!
Herb-Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy


Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Pine Nuts
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree
Homemade Cranberry Chutney
Persian Jeweled Rice
Potatoes Anna
Oven-Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan
Kale Salad with Edamame, Dried Cranberries, Farro & Orange Vinaigrette
The Cheesiest Macaroni and Cheese
Braised Garlic and Green Beans

For Dessert
Homemade Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust*
Bourbon-Pecan Tartlets
Rum Cake
Apple and Almond Bread Pudding

Can’t forget breakfast!

Mushroom, Bacon, and Tomato Strata
Mascarpone Scrambled Eggs with Arugula Pesto
Mom’s Banana Bread*
Cranberry-Orange Bread*
Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Muffins*
Cranberry Scones*
Brown Sugar Coffee Cake
Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy

And for leftovers…
Substitute turkey for chicken in this pot pie recipe.


  1. Hi Nikki. I made your sweet potato biscuits and will be making the kale salad. Can I include a link to your recipes/blog on my blog? The biscuits were great, and I have no doubt the salad will be tasty, too. Thanks! Amy


  2. Amy, thanks for the note and so glad you enjoyed the biscuits. I will be making them tmrw! Yes, please feel free to link to my blog. Thanks for asking

    Sent from the kitchen. Please pardon any typos or splatters.



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