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Thanksgiving Recipes You Will Love

The week of Thanksgiving and we’re cooking! Publishing this little round up of posts of Thanksgiving recipes, just in case you needed some inspiration, ideas or reminders on how to defrost or cook the turkey.

Looking for Thanksgiving recipes for cranberry sauce, apple pies and delicious rolls? I have you covered here. What you won’t find here are recipes for Macaroni and Cheese ( but that’s because those will be coming your way next week. Meantime, consider this post a Thanksgiving recipe index for all of my family’s favorite holiday bites. Hope you enjoy them as well.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! Heidi

Thanksgiving Recipes for Pecans

One of my favorite “after the feast dinners” is this Blue Cheese Ravioli with pecans is in the following post. Read for directions on how to take the same basic ingredients and make them into the most wonderful holiday appetizer. its like all the instagram reels you’ve been watching on brie in pastry but even better. Let me know what you think.

Looking for a terrific recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie – you know I have you covered!

Heidi Billotto’s Chocolate Pecan Tart

3 cups organic sugar 

pinch salt

7 Tbsps. unsweetened cocoa

4 large local farm eggs  

1 Tbsp. vanilla (or better yet, 2-3 Tbsp. of Oak City Amaretto)

12 ounces whole organic or local milk

1 stick butter, melted 

2-3 cups local North or South Carolina pecan halves (be generous)

Dough for two pies fitted into two 10-inch French tart pans with removable bottoms

Carefully fit the dough into each of the French tart pans, trimming edges to fit. Place each on a baking sheet. Mix sugar, salt, and cocoa together. Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and milk; stir into the dry ingredients. Add melted butter and stir until well blended. Fill each pie shell two – thirds full with pecan halves. 

Pour filling over the pecans. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. If you are taking your tart to-go, transport them  in the pans and then removed on site for easy serving.
Makes 2 pies.

Speaking of pie…

Thanksgiving Recipes for Pie

Of course, our minds go to apple pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie; but have you ever thought about a boiled peanut pie? For all the delicious details here are a few links to some of my favorite pie posts:

The links to my apple pie recipes and lots of fun ways to make a pie crust are here:

For Sweet potato, pumpkin and apple pie idea ( plus some terrific cookies)

And, if you have turkey leftovers, you can use this recipe post to craft them into a fabulous Turkey Pot Pie.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Turkey and All The Trimmings

You’ll find variations on cranberry sauce and stuffing here as well as all the details on how to buy, defrost, cook and slice your holiday Turkey; and tips on what to do with the leftovers.

Also included in both of these posts, my very favorite recipe for Oatmeal Molasses Rolls. This recipe came to me from my cousin, Brenda Topol. It’s one of my favorite roll recipes and I love that it calls for molasses. You can absolutely make it with local honey, but for the best results, I suggest you buy Local North Carolina sorghum syrup molasses at the farmers market – it makes all the difference. And, hang on to the recipe, you’ll want to use it all year round.It’s a keeper for sure!

Alongside all the other traditional goodies, you’ll also find my recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie in the next post…

Or, if you are tired of turkey, try this wonderful Creole recipe from my friends at Tidewater Grain Company its a great way to bring NC seafood to your holiday table, delicious served it over a side of Tidewater’s locally grown Carolina Gold Rice.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Rolls and Biscuits

Of course there are lots of wonderful bakeries in Charlotte where you can buy what you need. But this year, take the plunge and try your hand at baking the Oatmeal Molasses Rolls I mentioned above.

Or, bake up a batch of biscuits for your holiday table. I think you’ll find all three of these biscuit recipe posts to be good guides for a variety of bake-your-own techniques. Bonus: the recipes from the state fair post also include a melt in your mouth homemade sweet potato ice cream recipes – just think how good that will be on top of your pie!! Oh My!

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