Thanksgiving is closer than ever and we have to decide on recipes once and for all! But with so many options cluttering our menus, how to decide which ones are worth doing with Thanksgiving only a few days away?

Simple: we go for recipes that are easy, but elegant. There is a strange belief that the more ingredients you use the more professional your recipe will be, but that’s not true at all. We focus on recipes that are simple at their core, yet sophisticated in execution. 

Finally, we’re looking at this in five categories: appetizers, main dishes, side-dishes, desserts and cocktails. Enjoy!

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

APPETIZERS

Crab donuts

Crab donuts are unique and delicious! Source: Olive Magazine
Crab donuts are unique and delicious! Source: Olive Magazine

These crab donuts are super straightforward and work as a delicious and unique appetizer before the main courses start being served. Check out the full recipe here!

Cranberry Brie Bites

Easy and quick appetizers! Source: Delish
Easy and quick appetizers! Source: Delish

This delicious appetizer is a lot easier to prepare than it might seem – the total prep time is an estimate of around 35 minutes in total. The toasting part lasts only about 15 minutes and you can make as many as necessary for your guests!

Want more appetizer ideas? We got you covered! 

MAIN DISHES

Classic turkey

A classic no-nonsense Thanksgiving turkey! Source: Tastes Better From Scratch
A classic no-nonsense Thanksgiving turkey! Source: Tastes Better From Scratch

This is your straight-forward, no-nonsense, classic Thanksgiving turkey. There’s still room to give it your special touch with different seasoning and such, but if you’re looking for a simple turkey, this is it!

Here’s how to make the perfect turkey!

Spatchcooked Roasted Turkey

A different way to serve your turkey! Source: Taste of Home
A different way to serve your turkey! Source: Taste of Home

This is simply another way to make your turkey that roasts in half the time of a whole one, saving you precious time to work on other recipes. Better yet, it’s easy peasy.

Interested in non-traditional recipes for a main course? Check these out!

SIDE-DISHES

Cheesy garlic mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are always a great side-dish! Source: 12tomatoes
Mashed potatoes are always a great side-dish! Source: 12tomatoes

Mashed potatoes are chill to make, have tons of sustenance, and most importantly, are easy to increment in different ways to make something special. The secret for this one is garlic and cream cheese, which gives it a distinct taste and texture!

Creamed corn

Super easy ingredients and recipe for creamed corn! Source: The Blond Cook
Super easy ingredients and recipe for creamed corn! Source: The Blond Cook

What a sight to behold. This simple yet delicious-looking creamed corn takes about 15 minutes to make and it’s sure to impress your guests – you’d be surprised if no one asked for the recipe before the end of the party! And speaking of, learn how to make it here!

DESSERTS

Chocolate brownies with salted peanuts

Brownies are always a good pick! Source: Country Living
Brownies are always a good pick! Source: Country Living

There’s not a lot that needs to be said about brownies – everyone loves brownies! This simple alternative with salted peanuts add that extra touch of Fall to your Thanksgiving dinner and is sure to please everyone. 

Easy chocolate mousse

A light and easy dessert for everyone! Source: GHK
A light and easy dessert for everyone! Source: GHK

This chocolate mousse needs only three ingredients! It’s a much lighter dessert for guests who ate too much during dinner, but still want a taste of something sweet afterwards.

COCKTAILS

Mulled wine

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving night without some wine. Source: Well Plated
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving night without some wine. Source: Well Plated

This wonderfully warm wine cocktail is a mix of red wine, honey, apple cider, and orange (plus a couple other spices to your liking). It’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

Apple crisp punch

An apple cider cocktail that packs a punch. Source: Town and Country Mag
An apple cider cocktail that packs a punch. Source: Town and Country Mag

Finally, this apple cider cocktail is all about Fall flavours, but with a punch of gin to spice it up. It’s sweet, refreshing, and with that touch of gin it does pack quite a nice punch to close the night with style!

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