Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Thanksgiving (Wendy Goodfriend)

Photos by Wendy Goodfriend

This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!

Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!
There is nothing quite as spectacular as bringing this mahogany-colored, smoky-flavored bird to the Thanksgiving table. This year, impress your guest by slow-grill roasting your bird on the BBQ.

Brined BBQ Turkey. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Brined BBQ Turkey

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest
Even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, give this dish a try. It has a bit of everything: tangy, sweet, salty, bitter, and savory. You are welcome.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest

My Favorite Childhood Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
Forget about the canned-shaped cranberry gel that graced your childhood table, this tart-sweet compote is not only amazingly delicious, it’s amazingly simple to throw together at the last minute.

Cranberry Compote. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Cranberry Compote

Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing
Just because you (or your guests) are gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, especially stuffing. Try this one, you won’t even know the difference.

Gluten-Free Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Gluten-Free Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing (Wendy Goodfriend)

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing
If you love cornbread, then you are going to love this colorful and scrumptious stuffing, perfect alongside a BBQ turkey. Fresh herbs and sautéed peppers balance the richness of this dish.

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad
Crunchy, colorful, seasonal, and fresh. This gorgeous salad is a great way to balance the rich and heavy dishes on your Thanksgiving table.

Shaved Carrot, Beet, and Celery Root Salad with Pistachios and Ricotta Salata. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Shaved Carrot, Beet, and Celery Root Salad with Pistachios and Ricotta Salata

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version
Bring on the rich, sweet, caramelized yams. It’s Thanksgiving season!

Sweet Potato Roasties. Photo: Kim Laidlaw
Recipe: Sweet Potato Roasties

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving
This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!

Pear Almond Custard Tart. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Pear Almond Custard Tart

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