Every year, I try to come up with something new for Thanksgiving dinner. A new side dish or dessert is what I aim for especially on the off years when it’s not my turn to host dinner at my house.
But this year, things are going to be a little different in that I’m packing up the family and heading to Lake Tahoe. I have never traveled over the holidays since both sides of my family are fairly local. So rather than plan on some new component to the dinner, I’m kind of playing it by ear and relying on some of my Thanksgiving favorites.
I love to have a big pot of this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup simmering away on Thanksgiving Day. It is a perfect appetizer or first course. I have to admit, this soup has become a mainstay in my house throughout the fall and winter months.
This picture doesn’t do these Make-Ahead Sour Cream and Garlic Mashed Potatoes any justice. Take my word for it, they are a home cook’s dream and they show up on every holiday table. Put them on yours.
Homemade cranberry sauce is my absolute favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner. I found this recipe on the Food Network site many years ago, and it’s been on my Thanksgiving table ever since. Homemade cranberry sauce is the one thing I made sure to whip up and transport with me to Lake Tahoe. I’m not sure why I made it a point to make this ahead. It really is a snap to make.
Last but certainly not least, please make sure to use your leftovers for Turkey, Cranberry sauce and Gruyere Panini. It’s such a great combination of flavors.