Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck

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This year we asked some of our favorite bloggers to contribute to a virtual potluck — we brought the turkey, while they took care of cocktails, appetizers, sides and desserts. The result? A beautiful and innovative menu fit for the finest holiday table.

 

Fortunately, any and all dishes that catch your eye can actually make it there. Click through the links for full recipes to get inspired and start cooking!

 

Appetizers

 

Photo credit: Jenny Hobick

 

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Caramelized Pecans & Apples

Jenny Hobick

This appetizer was one of the first items in my catering repertoire for my clients, and it was always a huge hit. It’s elegant, takes only minutes to prepare, and feeds a crowd. When it bakes, the brown sugar melts over the pecans creating just the right amount of caramel sauce — perfect with the sharp bite of creamy brie cheese. To keep it seasonal, I decided to serve it with apples, but crackers would be great, too.

  • vegetarian

 

Parmesan and Black Pepper Gougères

Tara Barker

The delicate sophistication of these little cheese puffs belies how easy they are to make. As an added benefit for busy cooks, the batter can be made in advance and then baked right before serving.

  • gluten-free

 

Apple Betty Punch

Warren Bobrow

Hard apple cider is marvelous when combined with sparkling, non-alcoholic cherry juice and some lemon and lime juices for spark. The flavors of hard cider with the citrus juices are delicious with turkey and all of your fixings!

  • vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free

 

First Course

 

Photo credit: Alison Bickel

 

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Alison Bickel

Often sweet potatoes are served as a sweet dish, but this soup takes it in another direction entirely.  Smoky, savory, spicy.

  • vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free

 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Fennel Salad

Elaine Smit

The secret to this unique this salad is that the Brussels sprouts and fennel are served raw. The combination of these fresh flavors is well balanced, resulting in a salad that tastes incredible and will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table.

  • vegetarian, gluten-free

 

Main Course

 

 

Herb-Butter Roast Turkey

Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen

This turkey gets a double dose of flavor: first it’s soaked in a seasoned saltwater brine, then the bird is brushed with an herb butter as it roasts.

  • gluten-free

 

Stuffing

 

Photo credit: Alexa Croft

 

Cornbread Dressing

Alexa Croft

Down South it’s “dressing,” up North it’s “stuffing.” Whatever name you give it, no holiday feast is complete without it. Sidled up next to a scoop of whipped potatoes and smothered in gravy, this gluten-free version of an old classic is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This “cooked outside the bird” cornbread dressing has been modified to be egg-free and dairy-free as well.

  • gluten-free, dairy-free

 

Sour Cherry and Sausage Stuffing

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Several people have requested the recipe for the sausage and sour cherry stuffing that was featured on the Thanksgiving episode of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Here it is!

 

Cranberry Sauce

 

Photo credit: Samantha Chulick

 

Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce

Samantha Chulick

A Thanksgiving feast just wouldn’t be complete without the traditional cranberry sauce. This particular sauce has a decadent twist – it has a splash of late harvest Zinfandel in it. The dessert wine adds a luxurious richness to the cranberry sauce, but don’t worry — you won’t taste the alcohol. If you can’t find the zin, you can substitute a late harvest syrah or even a ruby port.

  • gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

Side Dishes

 

Photo credit: Marie Renello

 

Roasted Carrots and Shallots with Olives and Gremolata

Marie Renello

The humble carrot becomes the star in this perfect holiday side dish.

  • gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

Bacon-Brussels Sprouts Chilaquiles

Melissa Graham

This is not a dish for the dietetic. It’s unabashedly full of bacon and bacon grease – a natural partner to Brussels sprouts. If you don’t have a ready supply of bacon grease and still want to make this recipe, just cook more bacon slices at the end of the recipe. Save them for another purpose, eat them, or throw caution to the wind by including them all in this recipe.

  • dairy-free

 

Balsamic-Glazed Onions

Marie Renello

Fresh thyme along with a rich balsamic glaze make these onions a hit on your Thanksgiving table.

  • gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

Tara Barker

Whether it’s alongside a platter of eggs and bacon, or nestled between the turkey and the gravy, buttermilk biscuits are a welcome addition to any meal.

  • gluten-free, vegetarian

 

Desserts

 

Photo credit: Tara Barker

 

Spiced Persimmon Tart

Tara Barker

This dessert is a jewel-like tart, with the warmth of cinnamon and cardamom and the delicate creaminess of yogurt custard.

  • gluten-free, vegetarian

 

Thanksgiving Pie Petit Fours

Jennifer Farley

Like most people, I usually eat too much at Thanksgiving dinner and then struggle to make room for dessert. That’s how I got the idea for Thanksgiving pie petit fours. Individual bites of pie! No need to miss anything. All of these recipes are for half the original pie; you can also quarter the recipes, depending on how many you plan to serve. If you’re like me, you’ll make extra so that there are plenty of pretty tarts to serve.  I eat the ugly ones!

  • vegetarian

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Tara Barker

Get your pumpkin fix in individual, portable form with these seasonal whoopie pies.

  • gluten-free, vegetarian

11 comments about “Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck

  1. Alisa

    Wow, the dressing and carrots look amazing! I can’t believe that cornbread stuffing is gluten-free. We just started eating strictly gluten-free, so that one is going on my list!

    Reply
  2. julie

    I don’t know where to start it all looks so delicious!! I’ll start with the Apple Betty and work my way through the petit fours

    Reply
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  4. Warren Bobrow

    The Apple Betty can be made with pear cider and sparkling cherry juice- if you want a little kick, may I suggest some apple jack? Yum!

    Reply
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