Thanksgiving is fast approaching! It’s one of the best food holidays of the year. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of my favorite delicious recipes for Thanksgiving. These are a mix of appetizers, side dishes, and desserts. They include dishes that work for people with special diets, be they vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free, so everyone at your table can find something to enjoy.
For make-ahead appetizers:
Cranberry Lapsang Poached Apples. Beautiful, smoky, sophisticated, and great on a cheese plate.
Spiced Cranberries. Easy, lovely cranberries simmered in warm baking spices. Good on a cheese plate or as your cranberry sauce option.
For vegetable sides:
Savoy Cabbage Gratin. Meltingly tender cabbage braised in stock with a draped in a rich triple creme cheese.
Chile Lime Squash and Chickpea Salad. Hot, sour, salty, sweet with a nice hit of acidity.
Roasted Delicata Squash, Kale, and Leeks with Farro. A lovely autumnal grain salad with roasted vegetables and nubbly farro.
Brown Butter Apple Bars. Rich little squares of soft apples tucked into a rich brown butter custard atop a shortbread crust.
Apple Beehive. A tower of richly caramelized apples that’s truly a showstopper and a great pie alternative if you don’t want to mess with pie crust or have gluten free eaters at your table.