8 Thanksgiving Holiday Meal Ideas

To my knowledge, there is only ONE Thanksgiving song.
Over the river and through the woods
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifting snow, oh!

But there are 100s of ways to cook traditional Thanksgiving dishes and sides. Every Thanksgiving looks different for me and my family. Up until 2007, my grandmother made the entire meal and all we had to do was sit around and wait for the food to be finished. Most times we had family visit. One year when I was in college, I opted to stay on campus to earn a little extra money as a resident advisor and didn't eat with my family.

For 12 years, we've been trying to adopt a new Thanksgiving tradition and ever year looks different. More often than not, we've gone out to eat on Thanksgiving Day, ALWAYS opting for a local, independent choice. For the past two years, I've enjoyed the day with my boyfriend's family (one of which, we ended up eating dinner out). This year, my boyfriend and I are hosting dinner at our home and inviting my immediate family to share the day with us.

He's frying the turkey (Lord, bless him; he's never fried a turkey before)
I'm making everything else. (Lord, bless me; he's never fried a turkey before)

I thought I'd share some Thanksgiving-inspired recipes (which have been updated with more tips and tricks for holiday meal success)
You may want to add to your holiday table: From cranberry biscuits to a monte cristo sandwich and a biscuit trifle created from leftovers (cake and pie are lovely when layered), there's something for everyone.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Sweet Cranberry Biscuits

Pear Preserves

Sweet Potato Pie

Slow Cooker Beer Macaroni + Cheese

Corn Custard Pie

Turkey Roulade
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Triple Berry Biscuit Trifle

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Thank you for all of these great suggestions, Nikki. Indeed, Lord bless you!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Please post pictures of your meal...we would love to see them.

    1. I promise I will! Thank you for your comment.

  2. hot dang, girl, you had me at cranberry biscuits!! I cannot wait to try those. I have never made sweet potato pie, but I think I really should give it a try. I'm a so-so fan of pumpkin, but this just sounds tastier!
    At first glance, the slow cooker beer mac and cheese didn't really appeal, but then I read the recipe, and when I read the "crunchy top" note, I was sold! Something about having a crusty top to mac and cheese just makes me drool!

  3. That sweet potato pie looks exactly the type of food that will be made at the Sukkar house this holidays season. Thanks for sharing these recipes; I;m going to quickly post this on my WhatsApp girl gang. They're gonna love it!!!


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