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Thanksgiving 2016: Easy Starters & Veggie Recipes

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It's the season to give thanks and celebrate life's many blessings! Make your Thanksgiving extra festive by whipping up a glorious feast for your family and friends. Now that's an additional something to be grateful for!

 

Cheesy Appetizers   Pumpkin Starters         Roasted Veggies  

image   image   Roasted Fall Vegetables Recipe - an easy and delicious side dish idea!

 

Cheesy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Dried Apricot & Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts (Tidy Mom)

Dried Apricot Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts. A simple, elegant and delicious hors d’oeuvres recipe at TidyMom.net

Ingredients:

  • 20 dried apricots
  • 2-3 ounces of spreadable blue cheese
  • 20 walnut halves (or pieces)
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey

 

via Dried Apricot & Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts (Tidy Mom)

 

Cheddar and Chive Pumpkin Cheese Ball (Jam Hands)

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese (2 8 oz. pkgs)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup finely chopped chives 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar (or cheddar/jack blend)
  • 1 pkg. crackers
  • square cheddar slices for pumpkin ribs
  • 1 pie crust, unbaked
  • egg wash: 3 eggs + 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 pretzel rod for pumpkin stem

via Cheddar and Chive Pumpkin Cheese Ball (Jam Hands)

 

Cheesy Crescent Roll Leaves (Hungry Happenings)

Add a basket of beautifully colorful Cheesy Crescent Roll Leaves to your Thanksgiving dinner table. These pretty fall leaves are simple to make but will surely wow your party guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets
  • flour, to dust cutting board
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 4 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese (or use a variety of colored cheeses)
  • paprika
  • green toppings - Italian seasoning, parsley, or Parmesan dipping seasing

 

via Cheesy Crescent Roll Leaves (Hungry Happenings)

 

Pumpkin Starters For The Season

Pumpkin Brie Bites Appetizer (Sandy a la Mode)

Pumpkin Brie Bites Appetizer Recipe - 3 recipes in 1, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients :

  • 1 package puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • 1 wheel of brie cheese
  • 1 cup pumpkin butter 
  • 24 candied pecans 

 

via Pumpkin Brie Bites Appetizer (Sandy a la Mode)

 

Pumpkin, Bacon and Goat Cheese Dip – Appetizers (Living Locurto)

Pumpkin Bacon Goat Cheese Dip - Easy Appetizers drizzled with Honey and topped with Apples & Walnuts. #Recipe by LivingLocurto.com

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz. Goat Cheese
  • ¾ cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup chopped granny smith apples
  • ¼ cup honey for drizzling
  • Crackers or baguette slices (I used Stacy's Simply Naked Bagel Chips)

 

via Pumpkin, Bacon and Goat Cheese Dip – Appetizers (Living Locurto)

 

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheese Appetizers (Denna's Ideas)

denna's ideas:  mini pumpkin pie cheese & cracker appetizers for Thanksgiving

Ingredients:

  • Triscuit
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cream chese
  • Pretzel stick

via Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheese Appetizers (Denna's Ideas)

 

Roasted Fall Vegetables For Thanksgiving

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Honey Whiskey Pecans (Well Plated)

Glazed Sweet Potato Bake with Cinnamon Butter Pecans. The BEST sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you need a great side dish recipe. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (a bit more if you like a good kick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup whiskey (see notes section for brand recommendations)
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and 3/4-inch diced tart, firm baking apples, such as Granny Smith or Cortland (about 2 medium or 3 small)

 

via Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Honey Whiskey Pecans (Well Plated)

 

Root Vegetable Gratin (Vintage Mixer)

Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4” thick
  • 2 Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4” thick
  • 1 Rutabaga or Celery Root, peeled and sliced 1/4 “ thick
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 Thai Chili, minced, or 2 teaspoons Red Chile flakes
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Cup scallions chopped

via Root Vegetable Gratin (Vintage Mixer)

 

Roasted Fall Vegetables (Love Grows Wild)

Roasted Fall Vegetables Recipe - an easy and delicious side dish idea!

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch thick pieces
  • 1½ cups brussel sprouts, halved
  • 4 cups red new potatoes, cut into 1½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cut into 1½-inch thick pieces
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

 

via Roasted Fall Vegetables (Love Grows Wild)

 




Making Thanksgiving cooking a lot easier by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean up time in half.

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