Thanksgiving is right around the corner and TAD knows how important having good food is for the holiday. There are so many recipes out and its easy to fall into the same routine for both before and after Thanksgiving meals. How can you spice things up while maintaining the traditions of the season? What do you do with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers? Well, TAD has you covered. The Writing Team has gathered some of the best, most simple recipes around to get you through this holiday season with a belly full of good food.
Recipes for Thanksgiving Day
Naomi‘s Mushroom Vegan Gravy Recipes
Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it come friends and relatives of all sorts. While the traditional turkey and mashed potato dishes are a delicious necessity, these days it is important to have dishes that can accommodate a variety of diets and preferences. Not only that, but it always makes Thanksgiving more interesting to have new twists on traditions. This recipe accomplishes both things at once. While gravy is traditionally used atop the turkey, it can be great on potatoes, veggies, and stuffing too! This means it’s a great option to make vegan and vegetarian-friendly so that every guest has some sauce to accompany their chosen dishes.
This gravy recipe is vegan and delicious! My family has both a traditional gravy and a vegan gravy, and though I eat meat, I prefer this version of gravy on my turkey, because it is so flavorful. The mushrooms in this recipe add the perfect meat substitute for a deep flavor.
- For the Stock: 1 Leek, 1 Carrot, Parsley, 1 Stalk of Celery, Salt, and Pepper.
- 2 Heads of Garlic
- Olive Oil
- 1 Ounce of Dried Porcini
- 3 Tablespoons Wondra
- A Few Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast (to preference)
- Make a few cups of stock in a 1qt pan: a leek, a carrot, parsley, stalk of celery, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for about an hour.
- Meanwhile, roast 2 heads of garlic in a 400 oven or toaster oven. Before roasting, slice off the tops, pour a tablespoon of olive oil over, sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap in double-thickness of foil. Roast until quite soft, around 40 minutes. Pop the cloves out of their skins, mash them and set aside.
- Meanwhile, soak about 1-ounce of dried porcini in hot water. Cover for about 30 minutes, strain the liquid through a coffee filter or paper towel and reserve. Carefully rinse (to remove any grit) and then chop the porcini.
- Then, make a roux with olive oil and 3 tablespoons Wondra. Whisk in a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Then, take the porcini liquid and a cup of the stock, then add the garlic and porcini, bring to a simmer, taste for seasoning. If the flavor too overwhelming, add more stock. Simmer gently for about 30 min.
Sam’s Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats
This is a recipe that my mom and I put together every year for our Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a super-fast, super-sweet, and super-festive dessert!
- Chocolate Chips
- Fudge Stripe Cookies
- Yellow Frosting
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave until it’s a yummy-looking chocolate goop.
- Dip marshmallows in the chocolate chips, fully coating them. Immediately place the marshmallow on the chocolate side of the Fudge Stripe.
- Let the melted chocolate dry, then pump the yellow frosting in the shape of a buckle.
- Enjoy as you celebrate Thanksgiving!
Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers
Andrew’s Quick and Easy Post Thanksgiving Breakfast
This is my go-to day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast. It’s a very easy recipe that only requires two ingredients. It combines leftover stuffing and a runny fried egg for a hearty and delicious meal. The cooking process is simple, providing a much-needed change of pace from a day full of strenuous cooking and planning.
- 1 Egg
- Hot Sauce (optional)
- Take one heaping spoonful of leftover stuffing and put it in the oven, or toaster oven. You want the stuffing to get slightly crispy, but not dry.
- Fry up one sunny side up egg. Alternatively, you use an over easy, or even over medium egg, but this dish is best with lots of runny yolks. Season the egg with some salt and pepper when it’s cooked.
- Place the fried egg on top of the bed of warm, crispy stuffing.
- Enjoy! You can add a few dashes of hot sauce if you want, but it’s delicious as it is.
Peter’s Leftovers Sandwich
Making too little for Thanksgiving is disastrous but making too much means a delicious meal when you wake up from a tryptophan coma the next day. Here’s a great snack to throw together when you do.
- Bread Rolls
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes
- Turkey or Ham
- Take a roll (I use Whitehouse) and cut it in half.
- Smear cranberry sauce on one half and a little mashed potato on the other.
- Put turkey or ham on the mashed potatoes.
- Pour a few drops of gravy on the turkey to loosen it up.
- Dig in.
- Optional: Leave out the cranberry sauce until you stick the concoction into the oven to warm and crisp the sandwich. It’s just as good cold or hot.