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A Garlicky Thanksgiving Menu

A Garlicky Thanksgiving Menu

I rarely do themed Thanksgiving dinners, instead preferring to mix and match different ideas and get a little of everything on the table. I’ve noticed that there are plenty of magazines and TV shows out there that do choose to do more of a theme, which is why I thought I’d give it a try for this year’s dinner. I went with a garlic theme.

Roasted garlic, as I pointed out in my Roasted Garlic Stuffing recipe, is very easy to make. All you need to do is wrap some garlic in aluminum foil and stick it in the oven. Since your oven is going to be on for a while on Thanksgiving Day anyway, it is a great time to roast a few heads to be incorporated into other recipes. I like garlic and it would probably make an appearance in most of my savory dishes anyway, so roasting the garlic to intensify its natural sweetness is just a bonus. The menu will include:

For dessert, I’m dropping the garlic theme even if they’ve done garlic ice cream on shows like Iron Chef and going a more traditional route with pies and cakes.

Roasted Garlic Butter
This recipe couldn’t be easier if you have already roasted a head of garlic. Once mixed up, it will keep in the fridge for at least a week or two, so make some extra to keep around for spreading on rolls and veggies. Feel free to increase the amount of garlic to taste.

3 large cloves roasted garlic (1 tbsp)
large pinch salt
1/3 cup butter, room temperature

Mash roasted garlic cloves in a small bowl with the salt. Stir in butter until garlic is well-distributed. Transfer to a small bowl or butter dish and serve. Butter can be chilled if made in advance and softened before serving.

Makes about 1/3 cup.

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8 Comments
  • Linda
    November 21, 2009

    Love the garlic theme. Can’t do enough with garlic in my book–except maybe dessert. That Snickerdoodle Pie might be a consideration too. I thought it would make a great Thanksgiving dessert–not one everyone expects but good with the spices and rich flavors of the day. I want to try that apple butter pie too.

    Thanks for some amazing ideas!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    November 22, 2009

    I’m all for garlic! I can’t live without the stuff đŸ™‚

  • Jake
    November 22, 2009

    I also love the garlic, it makes it delicious!

  • Bellini Valli
    November 22, 2009

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family Nicole. You’re all having garlic so it is AOK:D

  • crghuk
    November 24, 2009

    Hey this is such an awesome post .I am definitely going to try it out .Thank you .

  • Hundt Anitra
    November 26, 2009

    Hey people, it is Thanksgiving Day! I’m enjoying my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that will probably involve a bike ride and seeing something new in Lugoff I haven’t seen yet.
    You write new post at Thanksgiving?

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    January 25, 2010

    I thought it would make a great Thanksgiving dessert–not one everyone expects but good with the spices and rich flavors of the day. I want to try that apple butter pie too.

  • jdmk20
    April 20, 2010

    this looks delicious

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