Are you hosting a special dinner for friends and family members this Thanksgiving? If so, you are probably already thinking about your table setting and about the menu you will have for the Thanksgiving feast. Of course, part of the fun of Thanksgiving is having traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and a myriad of pies. However, you might be considering tweaking the menu a bit to add a special touch to your Thanksgiving dinner. From unique appetizers to including grilled foods, here are some ideas that might help you to plan a truly special Thanksgiving event.
Search For New Recipes -
You probably know all of the traditional dishes by heart and can create them without even referring to a recipe. However, for new recipes, like grilled foods, you might want to check out cook books and other people's blogs, like Rocky Mountain Cooking, to see what kind of success they have had and to get recipes.
- Consider going to the library to check out recipe books.
- Talk to your friends to see if they have found blogs that focus on things like grilled foods.
- The great thing about blogs is that you might even get cooking demonstrations.
Unique Appetizers -
Think about starting with appetizers your guests might never have tasted. Think of trying out the recipes on your immediate family first, not only so you'll know they taste good, but so you'll know how to prepare them.
- Try grilling small peppers and filling them with cream cheese.
- Consider grilling onions and serving them with jalapeño jelly and crackers.
- Grill small carrots and serve them with ranch-style dressing.
Special Sides -
More than likely, those who sit at your Thanksgiving table are going to want the traditional foods they have loved from year to year. However, that doesn't mean that they won't enjoy trying new things.
- Besides the traditional green bean casserole, offer fresh grilled green beans.
- Grill squash and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese.
- Grill chunks of pumpkin and drizzle the pieces with brown sugar and butter for a great dessert.
Don't be surprised when your new recipes end up being as popular as the traditional foods you serve. You'll probably start a new tradition. In fact, you might end up going to blogs for grilled food recipes for your Christmas and New Year's Eve party menus. Think about keeping a record of the foods you served and how they were received by your guests.