Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Unique Ideas to Surprise Your Guests at the Thanksgiving Dinner

The dinner recipes mentioned in this article, will help you prepare the perfect meal for thanksgiving this year.
The festivity of thanksgiving is surely not possible to enjoy without the delicious dinner. It is probably the most important tradition of thanksgiving. To prepare a good thanksgiving dinner, you need to get innovative and plan out the thanksgiving dinner menu based on the people attending the dinner. The appetizer, the main course, the side dishes and the desserts should complement each other and be healthy and nutritious too. You can have as many side dishes and appetizers that you want, but make sure you plan out their preparation time well in advance. Utilize some dinner ideas to cook up a meal that will please your family and friends. Here are a few thanksgiving dinner recipes.
Appetizer: Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
Ingredients
1 small loaf semolina bread
4 cups, small cherry tomatoes
Grated cheese
8 tablespoons, garlic-flavored oil
Salt
Pepper
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Cut the semolina bread into 16-inch thin slices and place them on a cookie sheet in the preheated oven to toast until crisp and brown on both sides. Then, remove them from the oven and place them in a plate. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes and cut them into half. Place a non-stick pan or skillet on high heat and heat around 5 tablespoons of the garlic oil. Cook the tomatoes in this oil for about 5 minutes until they soften. Add some pepper and salt for taste. Then, put the tomato mixture on the bread, sprinkle some grated cheese, and garlic oil on it and serve.
Main Course: Brined Roast Turkey
Ingredients
3 cups, water
1½ cups, salt
1 cup, brown sugar
12 garlic cloves (smashed; peeled)
1-12 pound turkey
Directions
In a large pan, add water sugar and salt, bring to a boil and simmer for around 5 minutes. Then, remove from heat and allow it to cool down. In a large pot, add the garlic, water, and pepper and place in the turkey. You will need to refrigerate this for about a day or so. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 °F. Remove the turkey from the mixture, rinse, and pat dry with a paper towel. Now, place the turkey in a large pan and roast for about 3 hours. Let it cool down for half an hour before you can carve or serve.
Turkey Stuffing Recipe
Ingredients
1½ lb ground pork
½ cup, white bread cubes
1/3 cup, diced cubano pepper
1/3 cup, minced white onion
1 tablespoon, curry powder
½ teaspoon, fresh ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon, fresh ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon, cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon, salt
1 teaspoon, garlic salt
Directions
In a large bowl, combine all the stuffing ingredients and fill it in the turkey. Then, place it in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes.
Dessert: Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups, canned pumpkin, mashed
1 cup, sugar
1/4 teaspoon, salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup, half-and-half
1/4 cup, melted butter
1 teaspoon, vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon, ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon, ground ginger
Whipped cream
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. For the pie, put some ready made pie dough on the pan and place it in the freezer. After some time, remove it from the freezer, fit an aluminum foil around the edges of the pan and fill it with some dried beans. Place this in the oven and bake for around 10 minutes. Then, remove the foil and the beans and bake for another 10 minutes. In a large bowl, beat some cream cheese, add the pumpkin, salt and sugar; mix well. Then, add the eggs and butter and beat for a few minutes. Add the vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon and mix well. Pour this mixture into the pie base and bake for around 50 minutes. To serve, add some whipped cream as the topping.
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