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Nov 7, 2013 07:29 AM

Thanksgiving desserts and sides

Looking to change things up a bit this year and looking for some fresh ideas for sides and desserts... Thoughts?

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  1. These are my favourites:
    These are all familiar enough that people won't balk but different enough to be special.
    I have made this pie 3 times and I have found my perfect combo. CI vodka crust in a 9inch fluted pie pan, pre baked and filled as per the recipe. Perfection!
    Everyone loves this side dish. It is different and very indulgent.
    I would also serve a green vegetable, brussels sprouts or green beans.

    1. Turnip gratin
      Mashed rutabaga*
      braised red cabbage*
      creamed onions or spinach*
      sauteed green beans*
      Twice baked sweet potatoes
      chicken liver mousse crostini with carrot jam
      horseradish and chive cottage cheese*
      corn relish*
      marinated white beans with onions and garlic*
      homemade egg noodles with gravy

      pumpkin mousse cups
      pumpkin chocolate chip bread
      apple ginger sorbet
      candied pecans in phyllo tartlets filled with mascarpone

      I have made/eaten at Thanksgiving the ones with stars.

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      1. re: melpy

        Turnips sound interesting
        and I like the sorbet idea - wonder how labor intensive that is....

      2. Last thanksgiving I made pears poached in wine (sugar spices etc) for dessert and then reduced the wine to a syrup. I did this all the day before. Was really nice.

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        1. re: Siegal

          A couple of years ago, Food & Wine showed a Salted Caramel Pie - fantastic! My only change was more salt in the caramel...but that's personal.

          1. re: Siegal

            Love the day before idea - that sounds like a good break from pie and pie and pie

            1. re: cperry

              You can make up to 2-3 days before. The only thing I found I could get away w/ is using a Keebler graham crust - when I did the recipe, the crust was just too crumbly for us. Just another thought......

              1. re: chloebell

                The pie looks nice and easy but a little sweet. I would like to try it with a regular pie crust(with a little sugar added). What were your impressions?

                1. re: DowntownJosie

                  The pie is sweet, that's why I added more salt (I used Maldon) into the caramel. As for a regular pie crust, not sure about that as I've only used graham cracker crusts.

                  If it makes sense, the topping is not as sweet as you'd think though.

          2. I made this Cranberry-Walnut "pie" (really more like a big cookie), last year for Christmas,
            Ridiculously easy and truly delicious.
            Thanks to the CH'r who posted it last December. Sorry I forgot who you are.

            I'll probably make it again for Christmas this year.

            (We are hopelessly hidebound to the same T-giving menu every year. Desserts are apple and pumpkin pies unless we are having so many guests that we can add a 3rd choice. This year with 4 guests total, 2 pies seems plenty.)

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            1. re: masha

              OOH I am going to try this - thanks!