If you're invited to a Thanksgiving potluck, the main course is probably taken care of already.
(If not, CBC chef Christine Tizzard
's got a how-to on cooking the "Perfect Turkey
." Maybe you can find a way to tactfully slip that link to your host.)
As for the rest of the feast, that's up to you and your friends. Maybe you've called appetizer duty. Maybe you've promised pumpkin pie for 12. Maybe you'll just give up, sleep all day, and bring a hockey bag full of beer to the party.
Whatever the case, you'll want your dish to stand out.
On the the menu...
Classic Thanksgiving Starter - Squash Soup
The CBC Twist - Best Recipes Ever Cheddar and Leek Soup
Thanksgiving is a time of indulgence. Why wait 'til dessert to go overboard? This rich, English-inspired soup (ale and Worcestershire sauce give the broth a kick) has a beautifully inviting colour, perfect for an autumn dining table. Best Recipes Ever suggests a three to five-year-old cheddar for the most delicious results.
Classic Thanksgiving Side - Mashed Potatoes
The CBC Twist - Lobster and Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Everything's better when you add lobster. (And swapping milk and butter for dollops of Boursin cheese couldn't hurt, either.) But "Perfect Mashed Potatoes" come in many forms. Steven and Chris have suggestions for three inventive twists on this comfort-food staple -- including Olive Oil and Lemon Mashed Potatoes and Coconut and Cumin Mashed Potatoes. Should you insist on being a potato purist, they have expert tips on making a straight-up mash, too.
Classic Thanksgiving Veggies - Brussels Sprouts
The CBC Twists - Brussels Sprouts Sauteed with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts or Curried with Paneer and Bacon
Try this sundried tomato and pine nuts sprouts recipe from Stefano Faita and you'll always eat your veggies. If you're craving something more adventurous, though, Steven and Chris have a recipe for a brussels sprouts side with extra kick. Bacon is a favourite way to improve on this side, but their chef Vikram Vij takes that combo and adds some curry and paneer too.
Classic Thanksgiving Dressings - Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce
The CBC Twists - Sausage, Apple & Cheddar Bread Pudding, Cranberry Cabbage
Sometimes stuffing needs more...stuff. Steven and Chris suggest this savoury/sweet bread pudding that bakes up fresh kale with all sorts of gooey and comforting goodness.
And because you'll want something else to dress up your turkey, remember there are other ways to involve cranberries than turning them into sauce. Best Recipes Ever suggests their "Cranberry Cabbage" as a fun and fresh complement to your bird.
Classic Thanksgiving Dessert - Pumpkin Pie
The CBC Twist - The Pumpkin Alexander
Everyone loves dessert. They'll love it even more if they can drink it. Steven and Chris mixologist Simon Ho created this after-dinner treat -- and there's real pumpkin-pie filling in every cocktail glass. That's what gives it a festive kick. (Well, that and a shot of brandy.)