Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Last-minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 7:01 PM

click to enlarge Sweet potato pie that will make you question your loyalty to pumpkin. - PHOTO BY ANDREA JUAREZ
  • Photo by Andrea Juarez
  • Sweet potato pie that will make you question your loyalty to pumpkin.
Whether you had grand plans for the holiday meal or you're flying by the seat of your chef's pants, these Thanksgiving-ready recipes might come in handy.

Stuck for sides? Nothing could be more fitting than a soup of acorns, a traditional indigenous food staple. Stuffed acorn squash is a winner and even works as a main dish for a vegetarian table. Or give the meal some color with a persimmon-spiked salad (don't worry, it's butter lettuce, not Romaine). You could add dash to your mash with a Belgian version of the beloved mashed potatoes with carrots and leeks. If you've got vegans at the table, whip up a butternut and broccoli soup everyone will love.

If you're not a fan of turkey but still want something hearty and autumnal, a lamb stew served in a pumpkin is a fine idea. Dining solo? You still deserve a little feast. Try this small-scale recipe for brined chicken thighs and be thankful you don't have to share.

Dessert is easy. Here's a vintage cream cheese pie that'll become your new family tradition. Or make the Southern soul food classic sweet potato pie — nobody will miss the pumpkin. 

And, after you've had a good nap, we'll help with the leftovers. Try whipping up a bone stock you'll use for everything or a pot of turkey congee to soothe your soul (and your tummy) after all that celebrating. 
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