I'm sure this year's menu will include dishes from previous years. Last year I saw an article by Guy Feiri about how you should never serve a new recipe you haven't tried to guests. Well, I guess he won't be coming to my house any time soon, because I usually use guests as my guinea pigs to some degree. Not often for Thanksgiving, usually more for football or a Superbowl get together, but still.
I just found this recipe for Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes that I want to try this year. The last couple of years I've made a sweet potato dish in the crock pot that worked out well, but this looked so yummy I immediately had to put it on the list.
Ok, scratch that previous sweet potato recipe - I've jumped ship and am going with this recipe for Sweet Potato Balls now instead. My girlfriend said she started making these a couple years back for turkey day and they have been highly requested ever since then. I think I've read all the reviews on the Food Network site, so I'm a little hesitant, but I'm going to give it a try anyway. We're going to go the route of rolling them in cinnamon sugar as suggested by my friend and some of the reviewers online. The sweetened coconut just sounds too sweet. I may also roll a few of them in chopped pecans.
So the menu is:
Baked Brie with Apples & Cranberries - this is another one where the baking dish is usually
Shrimp in mini phyllo shells - I thought I'd modify this recipe for Shrimp Wonton Cups to use the mini-phyllo shells instead. The filling is always a hit, and I just love those little phyllo shells.
Turkey,Gravy, & Stuffing - my mom is bringing these first three
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes - I've made these a couple times before and they always turn out good. Love being able to use the crockpot too. Frees up some of that high-value oven space.
Cranberry Jello salad
Green Bean Casserole
Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares - this is another I've made several times and it's always gone before I know it!
Would love to hear what's on your menu.