When Thanksgiving is approaching, I always wonder where the year went. One moment we are celebrating New Year’s Eve, the next moment we are enjoying summer, and now we are about to enjoy Thanksgiving with its bounty of wonderful food. But it isn’t just about the food that makes Thanksgiving so special. It is also the football games, the wine, and the company of friends and family. Our family has a traditional menu for Thanksgiving that hasn’t changed since I was a child. Thanksgiving is about comfort food that warms you from the inside out. For this post, we don’t want to change the menu too much. We want to take good food and make it better. Here are the recipes that will make your Thanksgiving extra special.

  1. Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites

I can honestly say that I have never served, or been served for that matter, an appetizer before the Thanksgiving meal. But after seeing these delicious morsels, that’s going to change. First you have bacon, which should be in every single meal we eat. The bacon wraps around tasty stuffing balls. What a way to start the meal.


2. Thanksgiving Slaw

This dish is an alternative to traditional coleslaw. It has all the good stuff and a little more. It includes almonds and cranberries. Two different tastes and textures added to the coleslaw make it a wow at Thanksgiving.


3. Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

We are going to continue with the cranberry theme with the salad, and add some sweet, in-season apples to give the salad a punch. Yummy.


4. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries

I hope you like cranberries, because we are going back to them in the Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Roasted Brussel Sprouts give you that nutty taste that will certainly comment the asparagus and turkey that we have coming up.


5. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

I love asparagus, and I looove prosciutto. When I saw this recipe, I knew it would be a winner. If you usually include asparagus, try this recipe! If you don’t usually include asparagus, try this recipe! Just try it!


6. Rosemary Dinner Rolls

You can buy dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. But have you ever been to a restaurant, and the meal was good, but the thing you bragged about was the pre-dinner bread and rolls? We hope that the meal is out of this world, but the bread will one of the things they will remember.


7. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

You really can’t lose when adding maple and cinnamon to anything. Squash is one of the healthiest dishes, so you go a little sinful and sweeten it up.


8. Turkey

No thanksgiving is complete without a moist turkey. This recipe will almost guarantee that your turkey won’t be dry. It will be the turkey that will have them coming back next year and the year after.


9. Sweet Potato Casserole

We are usually the sweet potato casserole family when we go to any family dinner, and we have to bring a dish. Usually we add those small marshmallows on top and broil it quickly before serving to sweeten up the sweet potatoes. This recipe, though, takes it to another level.


10. Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Just saying Pecan Pie Cheesecake makes my mouth water. Any cheesecake is good. Pecan pie is good. Putting them both together makes the ultimate dessert.


11. Turkey leftover poutine

This is the bonus dish, because it isn’t for the Thanksgiving meal. Rather it is for the next day or two when you have leftovers. You can certainly use the leftovers for turkey sandwiches, and salads. But to pump it up a little more, top a serving of fries with turkey and gravy. I am salivating just thinking about it. It brings me back to my college days.



So there you go. A Thanksgiving meal that you will want to have all year round. Try one dish or all the dishes this Thanksgiving. Comment below on what worked and what didn’t.


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