My Momma is an amazing Southern cook! You name it, she’s perfected the recipe for it, and can probably whip it up in her sleep. Growing up I saw no reason I wouldn’t be the same way. Well, Dolls, let’s just say I don’t compare to my Momma. So, when it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m just not going to be the one slaving over a turkey for two days or showing up with the famous casseroles. BUT….if it’s a few amazing appetizers, a solid side dish and a good cocktail you’re looking for, I’m your girl all day! Here are a few of my favs!
Holly-Jolly Harvest Board
I think a good harvest board can really make a party! I know I’m not alone here! This one is a standard around my house from Friendsgiving to New Years. My tip is to add always add color and change the ingredients for the season. First, make a Trader Joe’s run for a few cheeses, meats, nuts, grapes and jams! I like to fancy it up a little with Bacon Wrapped Dates and Pretzel Bread! You can check out the Pretzel Bread Recipe here!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Wrapping anything in bacon is the easiest way to make everyone happy. These are quick, easy (like only 3 ingredients easy, y’all!) and always a crowd pleaser. I add a small white cheddar slice inside of the dates for an extra layer of flavor.
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
This salad is deceptively simple! It sounds and looks so complex and beautiful, but only takes a few steps to make! For a pop of pretty I love to add pomegranate seeds. Trader Joe’s sells them already cut and cleaned! I substitute spinach for the greens. Pro Tip: If you don’t have time to make your own dressing, Simple Truth has a fabulous Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing that is a made for this salad!
For a long time Brussel Sprouts were my white whale! I spent ages trying to achieve sprout perfection. And Dolls…I’ve finally done it. The key is to keep the stove searing and add two tablespoons of white balsamic reduction. I also add dried cherries, because…well…I just can’t help myself!
I mean, who doesn’t love a good mule? My favorite thing about a Moscow Mule is how easy it is to switch it up for the seasons! I love adding a little rosemary and cranberry for Fall and Winter. The key is always a copper cup!
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving Dolls.