So I know this is still a very new blog, and between that and the fact I’m British you may think a Thanksgiving ideas week is a bit of a weird idea, but stick with me. The truth is, there’s a lot of similarity between an American Thanksgiving dinner and a British Christmas dinner and I was brought up in a house that went all out for Christmas (but I will come on to that more later in the year). Also, even before I moved to the US, we would have a Thanksgiving meals in our house, in part as my husband is American and also it was a good excuse to get together with friends and eat lots of good food. So that’s maybe the best way to look at it – if nothing else, think of this as a chance to get a bunch of good recipe ideas for colder weather.
I think it may have been the first year I knew my now husband that the subject of Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie came up and he was clearly very skeptical at the idea of a Scot making a very typically American dessert. I guess maybe understandable. But then he tried it. And made lots of yum noises while eating it. And told his friends about it. Apparently it was a winner, and so that will, of course, have to be one of the recipes I share this week. However I also wanted to share some other ideas that are in some cases slightly lighter or more unusual variations on the Thanksgiving theme.
I will be updating this post as the week goes on so that it becomes a one-stop shop for all the ideas, as well as linking to other posts that work with the theme.
To get things going, here’s an outline of some of the yummy dishes coming:
A wonderfully warming, smooth but savory start to the meal. Also great for lunch on a cold autumn or winter’s day.
Much lighter and better for you than the more typical cornbread or biscuit, these soda bread rolls are also quick to make and tasty either with soup or your main meal.
A Thanksgiving/Christmas meal to me is not a proper one if you don’t have stuffing. Ones like this are so good, it’s a wonder why we only make them once or twice a year. That might be something that will have to change.
Quick and easy, and a fantastic pairing for roast turkey or chicken. Definitely worth a few minutes of effort.
Not feeling like a great big turkey, but want something tasty? Try this delicious roast chicken recipe instead.
As I already mentioned, a classic and a winning recipe. Has to be done.
Still got room?
What about some cranberry filled shortbread to go with your coffee or tea?
As I say, this post will be updated as the week goes on with all the recipe links, but hopefully that gets a few tastebuds going.
What are your Thanksgiving favorites? I would love to hear and put together a Pinterest board of some of the best Thanksgiving recipes as well as maybe get some inspiration for future recipes so you can enjoy some of your favorite flavors in a different way!