Thanksgiving Inspiration

Every family has their own unique dishes that are a part of their holiday. To me, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without my mom’s cornbread dressing, my aunt’s sausage and rice casserole, and my grandmother’s recipe for corn pudding. When I lived out in San Diego, I never got to come home for the holiday, so I learned to roast a turkey and make all these dishes myself, which I served up to a group of friends out there. Southern cooking meets SoCal went over very well indeed! The one dish that always brought curious comments was the corn pudding. Many had never heard of it, but after one bite, they were sold.

Recently one of my Twitter buddies, DrBabyMamaDrama, was in search of a new side dish to add to her early Thanksgiving feast, so I suggested the corn pudding. A few days later, she happily reported that it was a hit!

Even though we all have our tried & true recipes that make up our menu, it’s fun to add something new every now and then. I’m quite sure she’s not the only one out there searching for some inspiration, so I thought I’d round up some great dishes I’ve made over the past year that would be an awesome addition to any Thanksgiving table! Click on the titles to take you to the original post which contains the recipe:

Spiced Pecan Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Gradmama’s Corn Pudding

Cauliflower Gratin with Toasted Almond Crust

Walnut Pumpkin Pie

Cheddar Apple Crunch

I’m searching for something fabulous myself, so I’d love to hear about your favorite dishes. Share a link or even an entire recipe in the comments section, and I’ll choose one to make for my family. If I choose yours, I’ll feature it here on the blog, giving you full credit, of course!