That's the no-brainer! But what about the supporting cast? We're heading into the biggest food shopping weekend of the year (this is my guess, anyway), when it's common to see shelves cleared of bread and canned green beans. Before you make your list and check it twice, I want to share some of my very favorite Thanksgiving fixin's in case you've come here looking for inspiration :)
As guests are arriving and mingling, you don't need much in the way of small bites, but a batch of my mom's disappearing chicken dip with some veggies and crackers will hold over kids and adults until lunch/dinner. What time do you eat? Is it more of a lunch or a later dinner? Our family usually sits down around 2... that way there is time for a post-meal nap before dessert and football!
Believe it or not, the side dishes are totally my favorite part of the big feast. Turkey is delish, sure, but it's the enormous buffet surrounding the bird that really makes my mouth water.
- Peas with pancetta and shallots
- Roasted vegetables with bacon
- Old Bay roasted sweet potatoes
- Fresh green bean casserole (this became my new favorite last year!)
- Tomato vegetable casserole
For the kids, vegetarians, and people who (like me) love carbs like there is no tomorrow, have a batch of crowd-pleasing mac and cheese ready:
A Kemp family Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be complete without an array of pies, especially apple crumb and sour cherry. But, hey, don't limit your dessert vision to pies. Any (or, ahem, all) of these sweet endings are sure to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!
- Pumpkin whoopie pies
- Pumpkin gooey butter bars
- Chocolate pudding dump cake (because no dessert spread is complete without chocolate)
What's your favorite Thanksgiving meal dish? Good luck shopping this weekend!
Two Years Ago: Basic buttercream icing