Three ways to make all the Thanksgiving staples, local dinners to go, and libations to make it festive
This year has been interesting but it’s still Thanksgiving and we’re attempting to make the most of it.
For those that are still cooking a big (or tiny) feast, we collected three different recipes for each classic turkey day (or tofurkey day) dish from our archives and favorites from our Edible Communities network around the country.
We also realize that even with smaller guest lists this Thanksgiving, the effort to cook a full spread is a time-intensive task you might not be up for during a global pandemic. Thankfully—many San Diego restaurants are offering Thanksgiving Dinners to go.
So, whether you want a traditional turkey dinner or a gourmet, farm-to-table spread, this roundup of holiday menus offers plenty of options.
From a traditional herb roast to a Middle Eastern-spice blend, your turkey will steal the show with one of these recipes. Looking for a local bird? Check out the holiday turkeys from Da-Le Ranch.
Whether you prefer traditional giblet or a wild mushroom, gravy is a vital key to blanket each Thanksgiving staple with deliciousness.
Alternative Vegetarian Main Entrees
Skipping turkey this holiday? We have you covered. The two vegetarian options can be made vegan with a few easy swaps using plant-based cheese and coconut milk in lieu of cream.
Whether you love them or not, cranberries are a staple on the table. Skip the can this season and try a fresh version.
If you don’t have stuffing on the table, is it even Thanksgiving? We love these fun versions of this traditional dish.
But without the casserole. From a simple roasted batch to green beans with an Indian twist, you can still enjoy these classic veggies even if you don’t want the typical heavy casserole version.
Three words: carbs, carbs, carbs. What else is going to mop up the gravy or be the vessel for your leftover Thanksgiving sandwich?
The “healthier” carbs. We had to include a classic mashed version but feel free to mix it up with cheesy gratins or Thai-spiced sweet potatoes.
Last, but definitely not least. We recommend making all three because who just has one dessert at Thanksgiving?
San Diego Restaurants Offering To-Go Menus
Too many amazing choices? We love this Chefsgiving at Home concept. Seven incredible local chefs designed a Thanksgiving feast for four, which also includes a bottle of wine. Plus, $50 of each meal is donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Now that’s eating for a good cause.
Suggestions For Spirits This Thanksgiving
We propose stocking the home bar with bottles from locally owned businesses like San Diego’s historic Til Two Club. Owner Delanie “Dottie” Gomes shared a few suggestions to lift spirits this Thanksgiving (pun intended—we had to). Grab any of these bottles to-go from Til Two Club.
According to Gomes, this is some of the best Brandy. Drink it straight, in a mule, or drop a splash into that morning mug of coffee.
This is a wet gin, perfect in anything. Made with butterfly pea blossoms, the color changes due to the PH balance. At Til Two Club, they muddle it with lemon and cranberries, and top it off with soda water.
Two James Catcher’s Rye Whiskey with Glögg
Mixing the two serves surprisingly well as an old fashioned. The Glögg replaces the sugar and bitters and adds more holiday spices with slight sweetness.