Thanksgiving is the ultimate free pass for eating all your favorite calorie-laden dishes with zero consequences, because the Pilgrims said so. On this Eat-fest Eve, I present to you, a roundup of some Thanksgiving-appropriate recipes -- just in case you’re still looking for something a little out-of-the-box for your Turkey Day feast. Lick My Spoon’s Greatest Hits, Thanksgiving Edition:
1. Brown Sugar Black Pepper Sweet Potato Biscuits Your family will worship you as soon as they catch sight of these heavenly biscuits. Start with my recipe for Man-Catcher Sweet Potato Biscuits, then spike with freshly cracked black pepper, and top generously with a brown sugar crumble. 2. Auntie Louise’s Cranberry Jalapeno Relish Sweet, tart, and spicy, the addition of jalapeno and lime gives a swift ninja kick to the traditional cranberry sauce. 3. Sweet Potato Gratin This dish has become a classic addition to my Thanksgiving table. It’s a wonderful savory take on the usual (cloyingly sweet) sweet potato casserole. Toasted pecans, panko, and parmigiano make this recipe a superstar. 4. Brussels Sprouts Twofer I’ll give you a head start on the Black Friday deals! One post, Two awesome Brussels Sprouts recipes. For Brussels Sprouts with a unique Asian twist, check out this inventive recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ponzu Fried Garlic, Guanciale, and Bonito Flakes (compliments of the boys at Namu). For a no-fuss, lighter take on the veggies, try Brussels Sprouts with Red Onions in a Mustard Vinaigrette. 5. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese w/Sage & Gingersnap-Pecan Crust This is one mac n’ cheese that your dinner guests won’t be expecting. Roasted butternut squash adds a warm, autumnal flavor to the dish, and the toppings add a wonderful complexity. Nutty, spicy, rich and creamy. A classic with a fun twist. For more ideas check out last year’s post on Cramming for Turkey Time. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! May it be filled with loved ones and laughter (the best exercise there is).