Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Be Thankful For  

November 08, 2018 | Recipes

We’re fast approaching the end of the year which means one thing: Christmas is on its way! But before we get to the most wonderful time of the year where gingerbread houses, festive ornaments and presents are displayed everywhere, we get to celebrate the pre-event to Christmas that is Thanksgiving! This celebration is meant for people to express their gratitude to the family, friends, and blessing they have in their lives. And in the spirit of being thankful, we’ve put together a menu of sorts that your tastebuds will thank you for.

Let’s begin!

Vegan Butter Rolls

What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 1/4 cups warm almond or soy milk
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
4 1/2 cups bread flour

 

Bread is an essential part to a Thanksgiving feast. With many variations to choose from — from cheese-stuffed garlic rolls to potato and mozzarella buns — we chose the classic butter roll with a little twist. A vegan twist.

Here’s how to do it: add water, milk, butter, sugar, salt, and yeast into a stand mixer bowl. Then add 2 cups of flour and stir with a wooden spoon. When it’s mixed together nicely, add the remaining flour and knead it until the dough begins to form and is of a soft and smooth texture — almost like elastic. Add more flour if it becomes too sticky. Next, spray a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for an hour. Then, divide the dough into equal pieces and place it in the oven that’s been preheated to 190°C. Leave it to bake until it’s brown and enjoy it with your favourite spread!

Apple and Sausage Stuffing

What You’ll Need:
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 pound of sausage
1 cup of diced celery
1 cup of diced onion
1 cup of diced and peeled Granny Smith apples
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1 bay leaf
1 (1-pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (with crusts)
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large eggs, beaten to blend

 

Thanksgiving is typically celebrated with a turkey stuffed with french bread cubes, onion, celery, apple, green olives and turkey stock baked to perfection. But another variation that we enjoy is the combination of apples and sausages. The sweetness of the apples complement the peppery taste of the sausage and turkey. Here’s how to make it: add sausage into a pan over medium heat, allow it to cook until it’s brown for roughly 8 minutes. Then add the celery, onion, apples, garlic, parsley, sage, and bay leaf to the pan and stir until it becomes soft. Next, preheat the oven to 190°C, butter a glass baking dish and add the bread and sausage mixture to the dish. While it sits, mix the milk, broth, and butter in a small bowl to combine it to the mixture. Lastly, mix the eggs in, bake it uncovered for about 50 minutes until it’s golden brown and enjoy it once it’s cooled down.

Pumpkin Pie

What You’ll Need:
1 disk Basic Pie Dough for Apple Pie, rolled out and fitted into a 9-inch pie plate
2 large eggs
3/4 cups of packed light-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of pumpkin-pie spice
15 ounces of solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup half-and-half

 

Similar to bread, having a pie for dessert during Thanksgiving is what completes the celebration. And the best way to have it is with pumpkin! Overhang dough around the rim of the plate with floured hands and leave it to chill in the fridge for an hour. Then, proceed to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line aluminium foil against the dough. Let it bake for 20 minutes until the crust is firm and allow it to cool before adding the filling for a few minutes. Next, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, pumpkin-pie spice, and pumpkin together. Once it’s mixed together, add in half-and-half and whisk for a few more minutes. Then, pour mixture into the pie crust and bake for an hour. Add more texture to it by serving it with whipped cream!

And there you have it, Villagers! Three Thanksgiving dishes to create at home for this celebration. If you’d like to create this for yourself, be sure to get all the ingredients at Village Grocer. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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