Thanksgiving Recipes

Polenta Stuffing Recipe Recipe

Polenta Stuffing Recipe

11.21.13 by Jackie

I developed this new stuffing recipe when I had leftover polenta croutons I had fried for making salad. The preparation is the same as for bread stuffing. I flavored the polenta stuffing with earthy ingredients such as brown mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and marinated artichokes. 

This stuffing version is perfect if you have gluten-inloterant guests on Thanksgiving. And you won't be missing bread, either. Also, you could serve it tamale-style in corn husks to keep it warm. 


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Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe

11.19.13 by Jackie

I hope it's not going to be too cold next Thursday for our family gathering. But I'm keeping this soup recipe as a “maybe” in case the temperature drops too much and we crave something soothing and warm. 

To ensure the soup keeps up the Thanksgiving theme, I used a combination of fall-friendly veggies like pumpkin and roasted cauliflower. I also added duck prosciutto for texture and thyme-infused whipped cream for extra creaminess.


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Pumpkin Marshmallow Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Marshmallow Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars

11.15.13 by Jackie

These sinfully scrumptious pumpkin marshmallow butterscotch oatmeal bars may be beautiful to look at and a bit messy to eat, but they were a huge hit at our house. First, I prepared a chewy oatmeal-brown sugar crust for both the base and the topping. For the filling, I selected Thanksgiving-related items such as pumpkin purée, oozy marshmallows, decadent butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

This sweet treat is definitely going to be part of our Thanksgiving menu. When I asked for the family's feedback, all I heard was "more". You might also want to prepare a batch for the morning following Thanksgiving; these winning bars would be a perfect brunch contribution as well. 


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Butternut Squash Potato Mash Recipe Recipe

Butternut Squash Potato Mash Recipe

11.12.13 by Jackie

After roasting butternut squash yesterday to flavor a fromage blanc spread, I came up with a another dish where this method would be applicable. I mixed the roasted butternut squash into a simple potato mash. The subtle sweetness, the color; everything about this side dish screams Thanksgiving.

If you're planning a potato feast for Thanksgiving, I strongly suggest (shameless plug) that you try recipes from my first cookbook, Haute Potato. You'll find all sorts of dishes ranging from luxurious lobster chowder, delicious samosas to gourmet potato desserts. If you order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble now, it should arrive before the holiday!


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Butternut Squash Polenta Appetizers Recipe

Butternut Squash Polenta Appetizers

11.11.13 by Jackie

If you're putting together a more elegant Thanksgiving meal this year, consider these appetizers. They are a great conversation starter. The appetizers connect familiar holiday ingredients--roasted butternut squash and corn--in a wholly unique way.

The primary ingredient in the appetizer is a mash of butternut squash and fromage blanc. I nested the spread in a roll of grilled zucchini on top of pan-fried polenta medallions. For a nice contrast of texture and color, I garnished the elegant appetizers with honey-roasted nuts and a sprinkling of Italian parsley. 

I'm planning on serving 5 or 6 appetizers on Thanksgiving and will be sharing them as I make them throughout the month.


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