What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?
As much as we look forward to Thanksgiving every year, there’s also that part of us that feels the trepidation associated with all the preparations for the celebration. There’s a certain pressure to get everything on the buffet table right, especially if you’re inviting friends over.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a few food ideas that would make your Thanksgiving dinner an undisputed classic! You’ve got the turkey, so try the following…
1. Mashed potato with chili cheese sauce
You can get away with calories on Thanksgiving, so why not cook your mashed potato Southern style? Melt some cheese (or just use pre-made cheese sauce), and dice up some green chilis to mix in. This will make for some delicious sides.
2. Steamed and fried vegetables
Candied veggies and those coated in melted butter are just so delectable! But give your guests a healthy choice by offering them steamed vegetables as well. They can be lightly seasoned so you can still taste the freshness of the veggies.
3. A creative pumpkin dessert
Pumpkin is the deal of the season, so don’t just use them for decor. Pumpkin pies are good, but it would be better if you could surprise guests with treats like pumpkin doughnuts (made from spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice), pumpkin cheese bars, or even pumpkin muffins! Pumpkin can be added to pretty much any plain recipe to make it a delectable and timely dessert.
4. Flavorful gravies
If you can’t get enough turkey dripping to make gravy, you can always boost the flavor using other ingredients. Experiment beforehand with stock, tomato paste, or drippings from other sources (such as vegetables and other roasts)! Get creative and your guests will love you for it.
And of course, make sure to plan your Thanksgiving dinner table early! Have everything ready the night before so that all you’ll do on Thanksgiving day is cook.
Rent extra tables from Signature Event Rentals beforehand if you’re expecting many guests and if you think all the food you prepared won’t fit your dining table. And if you’re using nameplates for the food (so the guests will know exactly what they’re eating), you can use them to easily mark the positions of the food when you’re ready to bring them out!