A Southern Thanksgiving

carolyne-roehmA SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING is special and I like to plan my menu with flair and innovation. Every year I’m inspired to take traditional tastes and flavors and spin them on their head with an unexpected twist emphasizing seasonal ingredients. Over the years I’ve tried lots of recipes and I thought I’d share some of the big hits with you since I know you will be prepping for your Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. Fair warning: Desserts are always decadent. Click the links for recipes. Bon Appétit!

thanksgiving grilled oysters dan leytenAPPETIZERS

Chargrilled Oysters
Cheddar + Gruyere Crackers
Vivian Howard’s Cheese Ball
Petite Crab Cakes

thanksgiving pinot noirCOCKTAILS

Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
Fort Ross Chardonnay Reserve 2011
Non-Alcoholic: Pomegranate Cranberry Bellinis
Non-Alcoholic: Hibiscus, Orange + Vanilla Aqua Fresca

thanksgiving roast turkeyTURKEY

A Simple Roasted Turkey
George Mendes Marinated and Roasted Turkey
Martha Stewart’s Roast Turkey with Herb Butter
Michael Symon’s Cider Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy

thanksgiving wild rice mushroomSIDE DISHES

Linton Hopkin’s Wild Rice + Mushroom Casserole
Scott Peacock’s Cornbread + Pecan Dressing 
Gluten-Free Polenta + Sausage Stuffing
Jennifer Hill Booker’s Collard Greens Salad
Blackberry Farm’s Carrot Souffle
Eric Ripert’s Goat Cheese + Chive Mashed Potatoes
Ashley Christensen’s Macaroni + Cheese
Suzanne Goin’s Potato Gratin with Bacon + Thyme
Tyler Florence’s Cranberry Orange Sauce
Rich Turkey Gravy
Tom Colicchio’s Parker House Rolls

thanksgiving sweet potato cakeDESSERTS

Sweet Potato Cake with Praline Topping
Sara Foster’s Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Hilary White’s Bourbon Pecan Pie
Emeril Lagasse’s Sweet Potato Pie
Suzanne Goin’s Meyer Lemon Tart with Chocolate

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