You’re not alone. I am deeply terrified of trying to cook a turkey. I’m no vegetarian, but just solo cooking a giant bird seems a bit horrific to me.
Instead, I prefer to bring apps, sides, or a dessert to any Thanksgiving events I attend.
If you’re responsible for appetizers, you might try one of these:
A pumpkin cheese situation with crackers. If you’re putting together a full charcuterie plate, I highly encourage you to incorporate the blue berry goat cheese log from Trader Joe’s.
There’s also prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus. Spread a bit of cream cheese to hold the prosciutto on, wrap it around asparagus, put the oven to 350 and throw it in the oven. Keep an eye on them – these guys easily overcook.
If sides are your task, these are sure to be crowd pleasers:
Roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and cranberries all baked with a bit of cinnamon for flavor.
While green bean casseroles can be delicious, and obviously mac and cheese, you might try to sign up for the corn bread. Try making it with the pack from Trader Joe’s, and add some real corn to it as well.
But everyone knows they’re only eating their veggies to get to dessert.
One way to change up a traditional pumpkin pie is to try to make them into cups. Think cupcake, but a cup-pie. These magically become portion controlled, and can reduce waste since no one will need a paper plate for these bite size treated. Add whip cream on top, and ta-da, a family favorite.
Candied pecans are also an incredible dessert. These are a good balance for those with a sweet tooth, but either no time to sit down or not interested in committing to the dessert table. The pecans are also easy to make – some melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar with a little time in the oven, or a crockpot, and you’ve got your dessert straightened out!
No matter what you end up making, remember to be grateful for it, and for the family and friends who share it with you. Oh, and also for prosecco.