Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes from Start to Finish

Well, Thanksgiving is just days away and here I sit under a blanket on the couch with a nasty cold.  I haven’t even bought my turkey yet, not to mention any ingredients for anything else.  (cough, cough…. sigh)

Speaking of turkey, as some of you may recall, last year was my first attempt ever at cooking a Turkey.  We took the brining route and the bird was absolutely heavenly.  I don’t have the exact recipe, but Alton Brown is usually my go-to guy when it comes to this kind of thing. He’s got what looks like a pretty tasty brine recipe on his website.

If you’d rather go the evil scientist route and enlist the help of an injector, we’ve got a delicious recipe for you below from our friend Peter Kennedy at

The recipes below are tried and true recipe recommendations from Jersey Bites and a few from our favorite local Jersey Bloggers to help make your Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we announce the winner’s of the Jersey’s Best Pie Contest.

The Appetizers:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Dip

Goat Cheese and Mushroom Crostini

Butternut Sqaush Soup

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese Soup from Jersey Girl Cooks

The Sides:

Sweet Potato & Cranberry Chutney

Green Bean Casserole

Swiss / Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese

Sweet Potato Casserole:  from the Family, Friends and Food blog

Roasted Butternut Squash: from the Family, Friends and Food blog

Pepperoni Bread: from Eating in South Jersey

The Bird:

Ginger Turkey


Apple Charlottes

Coconut Carrot Cake

Candied Fennel Topped Lemon Cake