Ready to try something a little different for your Thanksgiving meal? This menu is inspired by the bold flavors of everyone’s favorite football watching appetizer—buffalo wings with blue cheese—but elevated to suit the elegance of the Thanksgiving table. Paired with flavor-filled side dishes, the spin on turkey day favorites just might make this menu your new holiday recipe ritual.


Buffalo Roasted Turkey
Add a little heat to the Thanksgiving bird by basting it with a buttery red hot sauce. Aromatics like onions, carrots, celery and herbs flavor this turkey from the inside while the red hot spiced butter adds a spicy kick to the outside. The crisped, spicy skin will have everyone clamoring for at least one more slice, and a few more napkins too.

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Every buffalo spiced dish needs a blue cheese counterpart. We add blue cheese to buttery mashed potatoes with buttermilk for added tang. Feel free to add a handful of cooked bacon bits to make this mash even more decadent.

Cranberry, Celery and Walnut Stuffing

The play of savory and sweet is what makes this stuffing extra special. Ground sage and thyme deliver the traditional herbed stuffing flavor that’s accented with bites of sweetened cranberries and the crunch of onions, celery and earthy walnuts.

Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potatoes are found on nearly every Thanksgiving table, but too often get a bad rap for being too sweet. Thiss recipe is the perfect combination of savory, sweet and spicy. Sweet potato wedges are roasted in the oven and then basted with a touch of chile spiced maple butter.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bread pudding is a Southern classic and when pumpkin is added to the ingredient list, then topped with a boozy bourbon pecan sauce, it blows right on by traditional pumpkin pie. The pecan sauce is thickened with egg yolks and cream. Browned buttered pecans add just the right crunch to the whiskey laced sauce. And when it all tops eggy cinnamon bread, this dessert is destined to become a classic.

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  1. Donna Chambless said:

    fabulous choice of recipes!! BRING IT ON!!