I’ll be honest and say that in the last several years I haven’t cooked Thanksgiving dinner. This is mainly because my family is spread out and it’s hard for us to get together. But we still have favorite family Thanksgiving recipes that we’ve made for decades.
When you love a recipe, you can’t help but make them year after year. I hope you get a chance to enjoy them as much as my family does this holiday season.
Roasted Turkey with Herb Marinade and Gravy with Mushrooms and Sherry
This herb-marinated roasted turkey recipe is the best Thanksgiving turkey recipe I’ve ever made. A friend, who has since passed away, turned me on to it many years ago. Since then, my family has made it a tradition to serve it for holiday gatherings because it’s that good! The marinade is a savory combination of fresh herbs, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic. You will need to marinate the turkey overnight and then roast it in the oven the next day. My brother sometimes smokes it outdoors. Either way, it’s beyond yummy! You’ll also find a recipe for mushroom gravy made with sherry that’s a perfect complement for the turkey.
Yam and Cashew-Peach Bake
This amazing yam recipe was a part of a compilation cookbook that was put together by parents in my children’s preschool. My kids are in their early 30s now so I’ve had it for a while. It’s a brilliant mixture of peaches, yams cashews, and ginger. You can’t get enough of it.
Herb Roasted Root Vegetables
If you’re looking for a vegetarian side dish for Thanksgiving or a fall dinner, try this colorful combination of a variety of root vegetables roasted with fresh herbs and garlic. My sister-in-law originally made it when we were visiting them in Napa, California and I was hooked. Now, I make it every time I get a chance during the fall.
After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup
When your turkey carcass is almost bare, don’t throw it away. Instead, use it to cook up a healthy pot of after Thanksgiving turkey soup. Soups keep you nourished and are great for trimming your waistline. This soup recipe is open for creativity because you can throw in whatever vegetables you happen to have leftover. Make a big pot that will last you for days.
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