An Unforgettable Thanksgiving Menu

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An Unforgettable Thanksgiving Menu

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Thanksgiving is one of everyone’s favorite holidays.  It celebrates two of the greatest things in life, food and people you love.  It is a day that revolves around a dinner table full of family and friends and delicious food, a day to be thankful for everything that you have. Whether your Thanksgiving meal is huge event bringing together a large number of people or a small gathering of your immediate family, has a perfect menu designed for you.

imageStart the day off right with some delicious appetizers to keep your guests satisfied while you get the meal ready.  Prosuitto stuffed mushrooms are a wonderful small bite.  Not hugely filling, but huge in flavor.

imageBrie en croute is a fabulous sweet and savory appetizer.  Serveit on a platter with other cheese, crackers, and fruit.

imageCreamy butternut squash soup is a great first course.  In-season butternut squash are at the peak of their sweetness and flavor.  Make it a day ahead and save yourself some time.

imagePaula’s rum glazed turkey is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.  The brown sugar, spices and dark rum create a wonderful crisp skin with fantastic flavor.  Serve it with the sweet and nutty buttery chestnut and apple stuffing.

imageIt’s not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes.  Paula’s garlic mashed potatoes are fluffy and creamy with a delicious garlic flavor, a twist on the classic.

imageBrussels Sprouts with hot bacon vinaigrette are a perfect side dish.  The
bacon vinaigrette really jazzes up this hearty vegetable.

imageGreen Beans with almonds and caramelized onions will surely please your guests.  You get that great crunch from the almonds and sweetness from the slow cooked onions, an elegant dish to serve at your feast.

imageSweet potato biscuits are just thing you need to sop up all your gravy and deliciousness off your plate.  Buttery and flakey they are irresistible.

imageAnd now time for the real show stopper, dessert!!  Pumpkin pie is a tradition in almost every Thanksgiving meal.  Paula’s pumpkin chiffon pie takes this sweet treat to a new level.  The marshmallows add a wonderful lightness to the pumpkin filling.

imageAnother fall and Thanksgiving classic is apple pie.  Nothing says comfort like a slice of warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  Paula’s crunch top apple pie is a Thanksgiving must-do.


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I thank you for all of the cooking tips. I hope for you and your family the most blessed Thanksgiving of all. May GOD Bless you. Thank you. Lynette McCowen

By Anonymous on November 22, 2013


everything looks so good - not tried any of them yet- so glad you are on my facebook - also get your magazine which I enjoy very much.

By rose hatton on November 22, 2013


Miss Paula, I work at the Red Cross in Gainesville,Florida and I just want to Thank- You for your help this month with the blood drive you are participating in. We need all the help we can get especially since the Philippine Disaster. Much love and admiration, Mary Anne Kolodzie

By MaryAnne Kolodzie on November 13, 2013


Dear Paula, I really miss your cooking shows. Just wanted to tell you that your recipe for "Foolproof Standing Rib Roast" is my family's absolute favorite. You are still my all time favorite chef. God Bless you and your family. Thank you.

By Namje49 on November 12, 2013


Dear Paula, Thank God. I bought this computer back in March. It has taken me all this time to learn how to reach you. You have been going through so much lately. All the hate and finger pointing just made me sick to my stomach. I thought it was high time you got a letter from someone who loves you and thinks you are just an angel.. I have been watching you since your very first show an the food network channel. I've watched your children,family,neighbor and friends all come on and cook with you. I cook the oowie gooey butter cake every Thanksgiving. I cook quite a lot of your fool proof recipes and get comments on all of them. I always tell people to look on your site for these great dishes. And I tell them how easy they are to make. My family originated in Georgia and moved to Ohio. After my mother and her siblings were born, my grandparents moved here to Michigan to get jobs at Ford factories, where they later retired from. My first born {son} moved to Georgia about 15-16 years ago after he finished school. I am very proud of him. He is a wonderful chef there in Georgia, Chef Tony. He has cooked for Tyler Perry on the set of "I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF' He also is the official chef for the Martin Luther King Jr. family. He loves you to life!!!{not death]. And we both wish you great health,great wealth, and a happy and long life. I always pray your marriage will last a lifetime and your husband in great health also. You are a gem and worth the worlds weight in gold. I am very proud of you for being the person that you are. Paula you could have easily lied and gone on with your life. But no, you chose the truth and the road got ruff for you. people are always so easy to point a finger yet so hard to forgive. And though I am African American, you and I belong to the same race, THE HUMAN RACE. And I am forever greatful to you for all the good food you taught me to make. Paula, hold your head up high the worst is over and people need to get on with their lives and leave your alone. I speak love, peace and prosperity in your life and those who choose to condemn you can go straight to hell and join society. Love you Paula and God continue to bless you. By the way, my son's name is "Chef Tony" you'd love him if you knew him. He is a sweetheart just like you!! ' BY YALL'

By Terri Thompson on November 12, 2013


i sure do miss your cooking program, and you as well. hope you come back on t.v. soon!!!

By Anonymous on November 11, 2013


Hi Paula, love all your food.the slow cooker recipe have help me so much. Sent I cant stand very long bad knees, but I enjoy cooking and I still stay busy,I have cook a lot of food in my days.and some of my mother. Recipes are so dear to my heart, I love yours because they remind me of mothers. Thank you so much, Dianna Crittendon,

By Dianna crittendon on November 08, 2013


I love your recipes and you are a true lady of the south and no one can ever take that away from you!

By charles l lemley on November 07, 2013


Paula, I want to tell you how much I admire you and would like to know where to find your butter keeper. We have one and would like another as it keeps the butter so perfectly thank you, davanna

By Davanna hitt on November 06, 2013


Paula i would love to have your recipe for coconut cream pie

By joyce Cook on November 17, 2012


I love you Mrs. Dean, your southern lady like charm is very warmin to my heart.I am from N.Carolina a lil town called Grandy.I aspire to be a great southern cook like yourself.I could never be as great as you are,but I love warming peoples heart and tummy with good food.I am an auntie to several children all over the great USA,and I love feeding em.Would you mind sending me some good hearty meal recipe's, so I can keep warming there hearts and tummys with good food and love and wisdom. Sicerely,Jamey L Cremeans

By Jamey L Cremeans on November 14, 2012


I need more low fat low carb. resipesannette mathis

By annette mathis on November 14, 2012


lady and Sons chicken pot pie sound very good y all.

By Donna marie Eichhorn on November 13, 2012


Vanilla Bean brioche with vanilla-honey bute.

By Donna marie Eichhorn on November 13, 2012

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