Thanksgiving: Pies & Sides

November 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

baked apple pie

It’s just about Thanksgiving, the food-lover’s Superbowl. There are some common mantras we all have about this holiday: the sides are the best part, or the leftovers are where it’s at, or you need to wear stretchy pants. We analyze when to eat, what to eat, and how to serve what we’re eating.

kale salad with slow roasted tomatoes walnuts and parmesan

Me? I like to avoid the stress and stay on the sidelines by focusing on the salads and the pie. Most people aren’t too attached to what kind of salad shows up on their Thanksgiving table, but I have been known to serve everyone else salad and then eat the remainder out of the serving bowl, so needless to say, it’s important to me. I look for salads with crunch and strong flavors to help balance all the other heavy stuff out. And pie? Well, people have a lot of thoughts and feelings about pie, but you can’t usually disappoint someone if you make one from scratch. And rolling out pie dough is one of my favorite activities, so I just can’t pass up the opportunity.

This year these salads are on my radar:

Farmhouse Farro Salad

Kale Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Pecans

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Red Onion, Lemon, and Pecorino

Red Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds

Arugula Grapefruit Salad

And for the pies:

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Pear Pie

Apple Galette

Apple Cranberry Crostata

Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie

Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal!

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