Make a Butternut Squash Hummus
Maybe you want to wean your dinner party guests into the meal with a light appetizer, and if so, this Squash Hummus is the perfect first course to serve. It’s like fall on a pita chip. After roasting the squash of your choice for 15-20 minutes, just throw it in the food processor with your typical hummus ingredients: some garlic, lemon juice, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, a splash of olive oil and a can of chickpeas.
Bake a Bread Cornucopia
Make your Thanksgiving centerpiece edible this year with a freshly baked Bread Cornucopia, which is easier to make than you might think and is a fun display on the table. Just tear off a 30x18 inch sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, fold it in half, and roll it diagonally to form a hollow cone, about 18 inches long with a diameter of 5 inches at the widest end (Cornucopia opening). Fasten the end with clear tape, and then stuff the cone with crumpled regular foil until its rigid. Spray the outside of the aluminum cone with non-stick cooking spray, use breadstick dough to shape the outside of the aluminum, and bake until its golden brown. Throw it in the fridge when its done, and remove the foil once it's cool.
Serve a Turkey Wellington
Don't want to serve a whole turkey this year? Try making a Turkey Wellington! Trim the turkey breast down to a cylindrical shape, add in some stuffing, and fill your puff pastry with everything from cranberry sauce, bacon, or whatever else you might like before you wrap it over the turkey. We like Jamie Oliver's recipe best.
Mix up your Pie Lattices
Weaving an intricate lattice atop your freshly baked pie can elevate your dessert to the next level. Beyond the traditional checkerboard patter, we recommend experimenting with different size weaves, patterns, and styles to top off your favorite family pie recipes.