Monday, November 15, 2010

3 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!

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It's the week before Thanksgiving... do you know what's gracing your table this year?! Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday because aside from giving thanks for all the blessings we have, we celebrate it big with a delicious feast. It never fails though... figuring out what to serve or prepare for the big Thanksgiving feast each year can be a challenge because there are so many options on what to make! Some may stick with family favorites and traditions while others may venture out to try some new recipes or put a spin on their menu. Here are 3 Thanksgiving Menus to consider if you're looking for something new, different or just inspiration on this year's holiday meal...

Go Cajun!

Cajun cuisine is full of complex flavor and a great way to jazz up the traditional Thanksgiving menu. Here are some menu suggestions for a Cajun inspired Thanksgiving...

Appetizers: Cajun Caviar, Cajun Crabcakes
Main Dishes: Cajun Fried Turkey, Shrimp Jambalaya, Cajun Shrimp Pasta,
Sides: Red Beans & Andouille Over Rice, Spinach & Oyster Loaf
Desserts: Chocolate Filled Beignets, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding


Go South of the Border!
These days, Mexican ingredients are easily accessible so take advantage! This menu is inspired by the recent event I attended with Food Network Chef, Marcela Valladolid. Her Mexican background comes through with these dishes, transforming traditional Thanksgiving fare with a touch of Mexican flavor...

Appetizers: Jalapeno Popper Dip, Tangy Guacamole, Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas
Main Dishes: Apricot Tequila Glazed Turkey, Cinnamon Chipotle Pork Carnitas
Sides: Chorizo Mexican Rice, Chipotle Corn Salad, Refried Beans
Desserts: Churros, Chocolate Flan Bundt Cake, Pumpkin Praline Dessert Tamales


Go Stress-Free!
Some of us just don't have a lot of time to spend on an elaborate Thanksgiving meal. So here are some stress free menu ideas which don't require much time or effort to whip up...
Appetizers: Pumpkin Walnut Brie, Crockpot Meatballs

3 comments:

Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) said...

What a neat idea, Joelen! I think I'm all about the "stress-free"! :) Hope you have a great first Thanksgiving with Joel!

Heather Lynne said...

I'm all about the stress-free! Great ideas:-)

Kim said...

Great twist on a classic holdiay! Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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