For me the day after Thanksgiving is about celebrating leftovers. While some people decide to spend the day trampling each other for a discounted flat screen, I like to hang out in my pajamas and build the most important sandwich of the year.
You’ve made a version of sandwich before. But this year I’m making it a lil’ bit more special by teaming up with my favorite condiments brand, Sir Kensington’s. Their ketchups are flavorful and fresh tasting, without being overly sweet. Their mayonnaises are rich and smooth, taste homemade and use all-natural ingredients—very good stuff!
By mixing their delish mayonnaise with a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce, you instantly have a beautifully-hued cranberry mayonnaise. It’s sweet and decadent and perfect for dry-ass turkey.
I also advise putting a bit of gravy on the turkey. That helps too. And you’ll need stuffing and some creamy mashed potatoes if you’re feeling crazy.
I like to use Japanese bread that I pick up from Little Tokyo. It’s perfectly square, almost like good pullman, it’s a little eggy and super soft. I luv it. Of course, brioche or even good wheat bread would also work gloriously.
There’s also a bit of microgreens dressed in olive oil and a pinch of salt for some added freshness. If you had green beans or any sort of leftover salad from the table, get creative and add those.
And since I’m always feeling a little crazy and sad that Thanksgiving is over, I like to build the sandwich higher than I normally would make a sandwich, which means three layers are an absolute must.
I had a bit of leftover cranberry mayonnaise and used it the next day as a dipping sauce for French fries and it was AMAZING. Tart and rich might be my favorite combination ever.
You can pick up Sir Kensington’s at your local Whole Foods. And since the jars are attractive, I also think these jars would be good gifts. I mean, if someone showed up to my holiday party and gave me a jar of Sir Kensington mayonnaise as a hostess gift, I’d know that person understands me as a human.
- 1/4 cup Sir Kensington's mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons cranberry sauce
- 2 slices of good bread, such as pullman, brioche or soft wheat bread
- Handful of micro greens
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- Drizzle of gravy
- Spoonful of stuffing
- Spoonful of mashed potatoes
- In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and cranberry sauce. Lightly toast the bread if you like. Next, slather three slices of bread with the cranberry mayonnaise. Set aside.
- To a small bowl, mix together the micro greens with the olive oil and a pinch of salt. On a small plate heat up the turkey, if you like, I kinda like it cold. Drizzle on warm gravy.
- To build the sandwich, add the stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and micro greens. Build it high! Add more cranberry mayonnaise, if you like.
(This post is sponsored by Sir Kensington’s. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy.)
Making Thanksgiving pies has always been so important and fun for me. Every single year I post a good handful of pies for people to choose from, so I wanted to highlight a few from the past that might work for your big eating day. ALSO, as a reminder, if you are making-pie-allergic, this pandowdy is truly the best option for you!
1. Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie – This is maybe my favorite pumpkin pie I’ve ever made. It is easy to make, delicious and simple.
2. Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie – Chocolate added to a traditional pecan pie is heaven on earth.
3. Rose Apple Pistachio Tart – This is beautiful and will take you a VERY long time to make. But it will be worth it. This is both delicious (hello pistachio butter!) and beautiful.
4. Miso Caramel Apple Pie – I love the savory quality miso adds to sweet pies and desserts. This pie has miso added to the caramel and it is SO good. It’s one of those subtle flavors that people will hardly pick up on but they’ll keep eating it and won’t know why.
5. Tiramisu Pie – I made this last Thanksgiving with gluten-free cookies (for the crust) because one of my bestest friends is gluten-free and no one could tell! I love this pie because it’s soft and flavorful and full of chocolate. Yum.
6. Classic Sweet Potato Pie – I love a sweet potato pie. I like it cold with ice cream. It’s not everyone’s favorite and a lot of people love it for its nostalgic qualities and I can’t blame them. Pile on that marshmallow topping and torch it!
7. Walnut and Angostura Pie – This is like a pecan pie but a little different. It has walnuts, probably my all-time favorite nut (I do love pecans tho!) with just a hint of angostura bitters. It’s an unexpected flavor but it SO delicious.
8. Brûléed Pumpkin Pie – You honestly could do this with even a store-bought pumpkin pie. All you have to do is sprinkle sugar on the top and torch it. It adds a nice crispness to it and everyone is like “oooo” + “ahhhh.”
9. Caramel Pear Pie with an Oat Crumble – I love texture everything. The oat crumble on this pie is SO good. Just make sure you use the right pears or else it can be a bit watery. You could also make this with apples and it would be just as delicious.
10. Mini Caramel-Chai Spiced Apple Pies – Say your Thanksgiving is gonna be small this year. Ours is gonna be tiny and I can’t wait to make a few things and just chill. This would be perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering. You can also just make this and throw it into a 9-inch pie dish and you’d be good to go.
And of course, if you need some help with PIE 101, here’s a helpful post that I posted a long time ago!
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year I’m actually prepared. I have my menu all written out, I have my recipes written, I have a proper head count. Who am I? I don’t even know anymore.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing quite a bit of Thanksgiving recipes. For my first Thanksgiving-ish post, I teamed up with Canon and their PIXMA MG7120 printer to create some fun (and easy!) napkins for your dinner table.
The stuff you’ll need to get started:
2. An exacto knife
3. A mini-paint roller
4. (4″ x 6″) Iron-on Transfer Sheets
5. Acrylic paint in the color of choice (I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paint in the color “Mace”)
6. One potato (this will be your stamp!)
7. Fall objects like persimmons, mini pumpkins, dahlias, etc.
8. Plain dinner napkins (I used these from World Market)
Start by taking photos of your cute fall objects. Since the PIXMA can print via your mobile device, I found super easy to just take the photos from my phone.
I changed the picture to black and white and then used their app PIXMA Printing Solutions to print out the picture onto 4″ x 6″ iron-on transfer sheets. The app couldn’t be simpler to use and it’s particularly awesome because you can print multiple pictures at once.
Next, the printing! The printer’s sounds made Amelia’s head do that tilting thing that dogs do when they’re super confused. When I showed her the pretty pictures she understood, though.
Then, using my scissors I cut out each of the photos. I placed the photo where I’d want it and then flipped it over. I took my iron and set it on the setting that reads “cotton/linen” and with the steam option OFF (very important!). I ironed over the entire photo, moving the iron from side to side for about 30-40 seconds.
I peeled the photo off revealing the cute lil’ persimmon!
In my brain I wanted each photo to be surrounded by hand-stamped geometric shapes. I went to the craft store looking for a simple triangular stamp. Umm..they don’t exist! I found the most intricate of stamps. I’m talking stamps of Santa conversing with his reindeers mid-sentence but no simple stamps.
So, here I am, cutting a potato with my exacto knife to make a stamp. It was actually pretty easy.
Instead of dipping the “stamp” into a puddle of paint, I rolled it on for more of an even distribution.
Next, I stamped away. I did a few different patterns of triangles. I think my favorite is the one with the dahlias.
Here they are all finished…
And that’s it! Super simple.
Can I be honest? Before this I didn’t have a printer. If someone emailed me and said I needed to print something out, sign it, scan it and send it back, it felt like they were asking me to climb Mount Everest.
I’m psyched because this printer does it ALL. It prints high-quality photos from your computer or phone, acts as a scanner and even makes copies. I mean, you need nothing else. It’s made my life SO much easier. And I can make cute napkins and print out actual pictures, which I feel like we never do anymore. Total bonus.
We are a little over two weeks away for Thanksgiving. So I figured it’d be the perfect time to share a collection 40 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving!!
Here are some of my all-time Thanksgiving favorites!
Warm Caramelized Fennel Cheese Dip – This dip is SO good. The leeks and fennel are caramelized and then chopped up and mixed with a cheesy filling. Serve it with some warm bread for an ultimate comfort appetizer experience.
Acorn Squash Queso Fundido – I love all iterations of queso fundido. This fall vibes version is a definite favorite. Acorn squash is diced up and cooked and then mixed with charred pasilla chile and lots of cheese. Put it in an acorn squash for some fun, autumnal flair.
Melty Baked Brie with Walnuts and Figs – You know those people who are like, “I will burn hot water! I can’t fry an egg!” We all know a few that have a tough time in the kitchen. Poor things. It’s really just because they haven’t had much practice. But this is the type of recipe that suits that inexperience because it’s SO EASY. Honestly even if you are a good cook, this is also amazing because we all love easy and simple.
Baked Brie Dip with Caramelized Onions and Delicata Squash – My favorite part about this dip is that it can be prepared ahead and then baked off while people are gathering. You could also make this in a toaster oven if you’re short on oven space.
How to Make a Fall/Winter Cheese Board – This is my favorite thing to make so that people leave me alone while I finish Thanksgiving dinner. Put this out to avoid people trying to pick at things they shouldn’t be touching.
Lobster Macaroni and Cheese – Indulgent? Absolutely. Delicious? Fer suuuure. It’s creamy, too. Top with lots of chives for a bit of freshness.
Twice Baked Comté Sweet Potatoes – Comte is a glorious cheese that is luckily very readily available at most grocery stores. Baked sweet potatoes goes like this: roast the potatoes and then scoop out the potatoes, mix it with a few other delicious things and then pipe it back in. And then, bake again!
Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits – These buttermilk biscuits are so flaky and delicious. Smother them with compound butter for the ultimate Thanksgiving bread choice.
Classic Cranberry Sauce – Some people LOVE canned cranberry sauce. And I will agree that it has a nostalgic quality to it. But I’m sorry it’s not as good as homemade. Perhaps this is where you completely disagree with me. That’s fine. This recipe is my all-time favorite!
Twice Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Butter – Twice baked potatoes is absolutely a thing! But this is a bit different because we’re using acorn squash. It’s cooked and then softened and baked again. It’s super delicious with this maple butter.
Sweet Potato Gratin with Comte – This recipe is SO good. The comte and earthy chantrelles work really well with sweet potatoes. I made it all pretty but really you could just throw everything together in a casserole dish and bake it!
Blue Cornbread Muffins with Salted Honey Butter – If you’re more into the cornbread option (these are beautiful). You can find blue cornmeal at most health food stores. They’re a bit more hearty and so beautiful to look at.
Pancetta Sage Stuffing Muffins – I love stuffing muffins. This is a very old A Cozy Kitchen recipe. Look at these vintage photos! Haha. But the recipe is amazing. I still make them ’til this day.
Pumpkin Raclette Macaroni and Cheese – Creamy macaroni and cheese made with raclette, which if you are unfamiliar, is an incredibly cheesy melty cheese with so much flavor.
Fluffy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes – Achieving perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes is all about technique: use room temperature butter or melted butter. Use a ricer for maximum fluffiness!
Hasselback Butternut Squash with Walnut Gremolata – I love having vegetables on the side. Unfortunately that is definitely something I need to work on because I have literally zero vegetable side dishes! The horror! But this hasselback butternut squash is so delicious.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – If you want to use your Instant Pot to make mashed potatoes, this is the recipe. The potatoes steam in about 10 minutes and then they’re ready to be mashed and mixed with all those mashed potato essentials like butter and cream.
Everything Parker House Rolls – These rolls are so delicious and fluffy. If you love Everything Bagel seasoning, this recipe is definitely for you.
Sheet Pan Mojo Turkey – This mojo turkey lends flavors from Cuban mojo (sour oranges/garlic and olive oil) marinade and applies it to turkey. If you’ve never spatchcocked a turkey, you need to get on it because it truly is the easiest way to cook a turkey.
Pie Crust 101 – If you’re looking to make a pie crust for the first time (or second or third time), this post is super helpful. It has step-by-step photos on how to ACE your pie crust. I also have a step-by-step video on my Instagram Highlights (slide all the way right until you see it!).
Homemade Apple Pie – Who doesn’t love a classic apple pie recipe that is an ACE! No one. This recipe is my absolute favorite and it’s the one I’ll be making this Thanksgiving myself.
Classic Sweet Potato Pie – This pie is a Thanksgiving staple. Silky smooth, perfectly spiced, made with homemade boiled sweet potatoes. But really, you could use store-bought pie crust AND canned sweet potato if you want some shortcuts.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting – This sheet cake is ALWAYS one of the most made recipes from this site every fall. It’s fluffy and delicious and the brown butter frosting is to die for.
Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie – Chocolate and pecans are a match made in heaven. This pie has a nice thin layer of ganache on the bottom. This recipe can be made with corn syrup or brown rice syrup!
Rose Apple Tart with Pistachio Butter – If you’re looking for a project that will take you all day long but will be an absolute stunner, look no further! Is it labor-intensive? Absolutely. But it’s a beautiful pie to make.
Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie – This is another all-time favorite of mine. Butterscotch and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. This recipe yields a silky smooth pie.
French Silk Pie – I’m not sure I can properly express how much I love French Silk Pie. It is SO delicious and smooth and perfectly sweet. It’s super light so it doesn’t feel heavy or too rich.
Miso Caramel Apple Pie – Miso in caramel gives it such a delicious savory quality to it that is undeniable. It’s delicious! This recipe is no exception. Paired with sweet apples, it bakes up into a tasty pie.
Asian Pear Apple Pie – If you’ve never had an Asian pear, you are in for a treat. They’re super floral and deliciously sweet.
Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake – This recipe pairs chocolate and pumpkin and it is delicious! This recipe has the perfect cheesecake texture that I hold close to my heart.
Pumpkin Tres Leches – This recipe was a tricky one to figure out because we wanted to add pumpkin puree to a sponge cake without making it heavy. We figured it out! This recipe is perfectly light and still delicious like a classic tres leches.
Masala Chai Apple Skillet Cake – This skillet cake is super simple to throw together. I love skillet cakes because they’re easy yet still delicious to snack on.
Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies – I will admit that I’ve always been skeptical about adding cheese to a pie crust but these are SO good. The cheddar and rye are a delicious combo.
Easy Apple Cobbler – This cobbler is so easy to throw together, hence the name “easy.” The topping is fluffy and cakey; it’s one of my favorite recipes to make in under an hour.
Brûléed Classic Pumpkin Pie – This recipe is a classic but with a bit of a twist. A crunchy twist. The topping is SO good. Add a bit of granulated sugar to the top and then torch it until solid. Best part is cracking the top!
Pear Ginger-Sage Cocktail – Easy vodka fall vibes cocktail that has flavors from fresh ginger and sage. Serve over ice!
Hope you enjoyed this list of 40 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving!