Thanksgiving Menu 2022 | Alexandra’s Kitchen

Slice of butternut squash pie.

Vacation Bread

Though any bread is welcome at the getaway table, there is anything significantly festive about a roll, specifically for Thanksgiving. Both equally of the recipes below are no-knead, and each and every dough can be created ahead of time and stashed in the fridge till you are prepared to bake. Movie advice is furnished for every single of these recipes.

On the left: No-knead Buttermilk Pull-Apart Rolls: slightly sweet, gentle and squishy, these pull-aside rolls resemble Parker House rolls in both taste and texture. On the Correct: No-Knead Thyme Supper Rolls: buttery and crisp on the exterior and tender and tender on the inside. I like the taste thyme imparts, but rosemary or sage or a mix of the a few would be great here. You can also omit the herbs fully.

freshly baked sourdough focaccia, cut

If earning rolls is a page-turner for you, you could make a batch of this no-fuss focaccia. The splendor of this recipe is that it’s greatest built the day just before and tucked in the fridge — on Thanksgiving early morning, you would just allow it increase at room temperature for 3 to 4 hrs. You can bake it when the turkey is out of the oven.


Favorite Stuffing

A 9x13-inch pan filled with kale and caramelized onion stuffing.
Freezable Stuffing with Kale and Caramelized Onions

This kale and caramelized onion stuffing is a variation of the just one in my cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs. After 45 minutes in the oven, it emerges with a crisp golden exterior and a creamy heart, flavorful enough to eat on its personal, but welcoming to quite a few a relish, sauce, gravy, or everything else the Thanksgiving plate has to supply.

Know you can customize the seasonings and add-ins to your liking. Also: you can make it forward and freeze it. See guidelines in the post for how to freeze it.

I really like the kale and caramelized onion model, but if you’re searching for a quite vintage stuffing, manufactured with onions and celery, seasoned with Bell’s Seasoning, locate that here:

Classic bread stuffing in a 9x13-inch baking dish.
A 9x13-inch pan covered in foil.
This stuffing freezes effectively!

Potato Gratin Two Ways

Alice Waters’s potato gratin is a dish my mother has served at approximately every single big vacation accumulating for as very long as I can remember. It frequently steals the present no make a difference what it is beside, turkey or or else.

It will come from Chez Panisse Veggies, which presents a selection of enticing mixtures — potato with turnips or celery root or leeks or sweet potato — but we generally use potatoes solely and preserve the seasonings straightforward way too: salt, pepper, thyme, and just a dash of freshly grated nutmeg. Submerged in a combination of equivalent pieces major cream and rooster inventory, topped with a mixture of Gruyère and parmesan cheeses, these potatoes arise irresistibly crispy on top and creamy underneath.

This calendar year I’m heading to welcome a 2nd potato dish to the Thanksgiving table: this cheesy hasselback potato gratin, a recipe I’ve been eyeing for about a 12 months now, a person that did not disappoint when I gave it a spin previous weekend.


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Mashed Potatoes

If you are unfamiliar with Sally Schneider’s mashed potato recipe, permit me convey to you a little bit about it. Real to many of Sally’s recipes, this 1 calls for incredibly handful of enrichments, relying on major flavor substances and approaches rather.

In this recipe she uses buttermilk because it has a normal creaminess but is considerably decrease in extra fat than milk or cream. She also works by using some of the reserved potato-cooking liquid to slender the mash as necessary. And eventually, only after the potatoes have absorbed the liquid, Sally adds a solitary tablespoon of butter. By incorporating the butter at the finish, she states, “the butter stays on the area of the potatoes, its flavor quickly discernible, imparting a genuinely abundant complete.”

Every time I make these potatoes I am astonished there is no cream and pretty minor butter — they flavor far richer than they really are. 

In this buttermilk mashed potato recipe, you’ll uncover a handful of versions, which include roasted garlic, which I appreciate, and also spicy-scallion, which is my beloved: not only are these potatoes visually very interesting, they’re also just so darn tasty, creamy and tangy thanks to the buttermilk, and bright and spicy many thanks to the herb-and-chili infused olive oil.


4 Getaway Sauces

All of the sauces down below can be created in progress. Carry cranberry sauces and mustard sauce to area temperature several hours prior to serving, and bring the gravy to a gentle simmer prior to serving.

Cranberry Sauces

On the remaining: Sally Schneider’s Pink Wine Cranberry Sauce (an previous beloved, also tasty when designed with Port). On the suitable: No-Cook dinner Cranberry Relish (sweet, tart, orange-scented, and scrumptious).

Gravy & Mustard Sauce

On the still left: Uncomplicated, Make-Ahead Gravy. What is specifically nice about obtaining gravy made ahead of the hen is even roasted is the mental assurance that as soon as the bird is done, you can (following it rests) provide it devoid of much too considerably of a last-moment scramble. On the proper: My Grandmother’s Mustard Sauce: We seldom make a ham for Thanksgiving, but if we do, we make my grandmother’s mustard sauce, affectionately recognised as the ham sauce!


Uncomplicated Salad

I enjoy a simple inexperienced salad on Thanksgiving. In this article are three preferred salad dressings, all of which keep for weeks in the fridge.


Other Sides

If you like the thought of a heartier side dish or if you’ve been enlisted to convey a aspect dish to your Thanksgiving gathering, there are 4 concepts and right here are 25 More Thanksgiving Facet Dishes.


Thanksgiving Desserts

Foolproof, Food Processor Pie Dough

Just one of the finest methods you can get a bounce begin on your Thanksgiving preparations is to make your pie dough in advance. The recipe in the movie previously mentioned and in the recipe right here, which includes directions on how to parbake your pie dough yields two rounds. If you want to double it, I endorse measuring all of the ingredients and producing two consecutive batches (no have to have to thoroughly clean the meals processor in amongst) as opposed to striving to make a double batch all at the moment. I use this recipe for all of my pies, tarts, galettes, and so on.

Each Thanksgiving I make Ronnie Hollingsworth’s Most Great Squash Pie, which will come from Kristin Kimball’s, The Dirty Daily life, in which she writes: “Pumpkin shmumpkin, wintertime squash has far more flavor and improved texture.”

I could not concur extra. I also normally make David Lebovitz’s no corn syrup bourbon pecan pie and some kind of apple tart, both this apple frangipane galette or this French apple tart. Sister Pie’s salted maple pie has come to be a new beloved.