Its quite possible you have all your Thanksgiving menus set in stone, but in case you don’t, I’m trying to squeeze a couple more in! This one cannot be missed because it’s just too good. Now, I have to admit that normally I’m not a huge sweet potato fan. I like my savory things to be mostly salty and then I like my sweet for dessert. I’m really not too fond of the traditional marshmallow, brown sugar pairing and I’ve just never found a sweet potato side that I was head over heels in love with….
So remember when I told you I want to open a pie shop someday? I seriously dream about it all the time. In fact right before starting this post I decided I wanted to be referred to as “Pie Girl” and quickly went to check if the domain was free. It wasn’t, so I tried “The Pie Girl” and instead found myself on a page with photos of girls after getting a pie to the face. (Lots of tears and whipped cream.) It was pretty funny, but left me over that idea and back to the fantasy drawing board.
To me, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides. Ooh I can’t get enough. Truth be told I don’t care much about the Turkey. I eat and enjoy it, but if it were missing and instead I just had a plate full of sides I’d be a happy camper. Anyone with me?
There are classics like Mashed Potatoes and Great Grandma’s Stuffing which are non negotiable, but I also love a slew of new sides that rotate every year like Creamed Spinach, Pumpkin Mac & Cheese and Roasted Brussells Sprouts. And then there is this delicious dish.
Are you ready for some Thanksgiving inspiration?? I am officially kicking on Thanksgiving week over here starting with the first of 3 pie recipes you’ll get between now and T-day. In store for you is a pumpkin pie, a delicious fruity one, and this chocolate, banana, peanut butter perfection.
What types of desserts are part of your Thanksgiving traditions? Classics like Pumpkin, Apple & Pecan Pie? A dessert buffet with a mish mash of all types of sweets? All of the above? I personally like to have a healthy mix of classics and some new and fun desserts. A Pumpkin dessert of some kind is a must, a classic Pecan Pie for my brother-in-law, and Salted Caramel Apple Pie as well. Beyond that, I like to change it up every year with at least one thing unexpected and a bit different.
I love a creamy and rich cheesecake and these are exactly that. Add in a swirl of seasonal cranberry and it may be my new favorite holiday dessert. These are crazy good, like so good that I cannot be trusted around them.
Every year I have visions of holiday parties I never actually get invited to. I don’t think there are people out there having these parties and not inviting me, (at least I hope not,) but there seems to be a general shortage of bustling parties with seasonal snacks and general cheer. If I had my dream house with a huge space for entertaining I would love nothing more than hosting said party myself, complete with these delicious toasts on a tray for all to enjoy.
What is it about toast? It’s never something I’ve had much of a vision for beyond ya know- avocados or eggs, but this combo is SO SO good. Imagine this: Crispy bread that’s sauteéd in a little oil, (any crusty loaf will do,) creamy ricotta, and a crazy-delicious squash mixture that combines buttery kabocha squash with caramelized onions & maple syrup. The whole thing is sprinkled with fresh mint which adds the nicest touch.