Recipes for Thanksgiving

Food,Hometown Cooking
November 9, 2011

Simple twists on traditional holiday dishes add sparkle to your holiday meal

Butternut Squash and Cheese PanadePomegranate-Glazed TurkeyEggnog Spice Bundt Cake
Photos by Mark Boughton/Styling by Teresa Blackburn
Photos by Mark Boughton/Styling by Teresa Blackburn
Photos by Mark Boughton/Styling by Teresa Blackburn
Butternut Squash and Cheese Panade
Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey
Eggnog Spice Bundt Cake
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A few special touches can make all the difference between a holiday meal that's good and one that gets raves reviews. In this Thanksgiving menu, a pomegranate glaze turns the roasted turkey a rich, deep color and adds a touch of fruitiness to the meat. The port wine sauce is a nice change from traditional turkey gravy-sweet, but not too sweet, and velvety smooth. 

While turkey and gravy are the workhorses of most Thanksgiving meals, the side dishes are the real stars. Cranberry sauce gets a kick from diced fresh jalapeño, and the heat from the chile pepper is the perfect foil for the sweetened berries. Standing in for the traditional stuffing or dressing, Butternut Squash and Cheese Panade combines densely texture bread cubes, creamy sweet butternut squash and nutty gruyère cheese.

And the two finales for the feast couldn't be easier. Date Nut Tart comes together easily with a purchased pie crust, chopped walnuts and dried dates, and an sweet eggy custard. Eggnog Spice Bundt Cake, prepared with the cake mix and pudding mix, wraps up the meal in fine style.

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey

Pomegranate and cardamon make a different glaze for turkey.

Pomegranate Port Wine Sauce

Pomegranate sauce for Thanksgiving turkey adds bright flavor.

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

A zippy, Southwestern-style complement to Thanksgiving turkey and dressing.

Butternut Squash and Cheese Panade

Perfect as a vegetarian main dish or as a hearty side.

Eggnog Spice Bundt Cake

The quintessential Holiday-time bundt for serving with hot coffee on the morning after the big repast.

Date Nut Tart

You could probably call this a "dated version" of pecan pie.

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