5 Dishes That Will Win Thanksgiving

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Remember when Thanksgiving menus consisted of turkey, a few unhealthy sides (sourced from the labels of canned goods) and pumpkin pie? The nostalgia! These days everyone’s a foodie, which means that the ante has been majorly upped when it comes to what’s expected of a Turkey Day meal. Whether you’re hosting your own dinner, braving your sig other’s family gathering, or partaking in a friendsgiving, you’re going to want to bring your A-game this year. Here, 5 recipes to get you started.

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Polenta with Brown Butter Thyme Mushrooms & Kale

If this dish doesn’t make your mom proud, we don’t know what will.

Ingredients

7 ¼ cups water

¼ cup heavy cream

1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

Pinch baking soda

1 ½ cups coarse corn meal

1 tablespoon browned salted butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 ounces goat cheese + 1 ounce for garnish

1 ½ ounces hard parmesan, grated

See full recipe here

@twoofakindcooks

Roasted Squash with Bacon and Maple

If anything can get your dad to eat squash, it’s bacon.

Ingredients

2 small acorn squashes

⅓ cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 thick slices bacon

See full recipe here

@_faringwell

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese (Vegan)

This one is for those of you who want to sneak something vegan into the mix without being banned from next year’s festivities.

Ingredients

1 medium butternut squash

1 tablespoon refined coconut oil

3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped

1 ¾ cup nut milk

½ cup nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon white miso

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 pound elbow pasta

2 cups cooked vegetables (steamed spinach, broccoli, etc.)

½ cup hulled raw sunflower seeds

See full recipe here

@localhaven

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin with Sausage and Gruyere

Presentation is everything. This dish makes turkey look like a TV dinner.

Ingredients

1 large baking pumpkin

1 loaf day-old crusty bread (french baguette or sourdough)

1 ½ cups grated Gruyere

2 tablespoons Canola oil

1 pound uncooked Italian sausage

3 large shallots, thinly diced

2-3 large garlic cloves, minced

4 large eggs

2 cups half and half

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup grated Parmesan

See full recipe here

@spoonforkbacon

No Bake Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Perfect for those who are low on time but high on a need to impress their mother-in-law.

Ingredients

8 baby pumpkins, hollowed out with tops removed

3 tablespoons light brown suga

1 ½ tablespoons superfine sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream

5 egg yolks

1 cup whole milk

⅔ cup pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

pinch ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 tablespoons raw sugar

See full recipe here