Bistro Thanksgiving Menu
Coconut Acorn Squash and Carrot Soup
Soups are a menu staple at bistros. Topped with fried onions, basil, and toasted acorn squash seeds, this hearty recipe packs tons of fall flavor. Even better, this Thanksgiving side dish uses tasty, in-season acorn squash. Double it to feed your Thanksgiving crowd (plus, everyone will want seconds!).
Sweet Potato Vichyssoise
This fall soup recipe is sure to be a fan favorite at your bistro Thanksgiving dinner. Vichyssoise is a creamy French soup traditionally served cold, but it tastes wonderful warm, too. Plus, this creamy soup is light enough that you'll still have plenty of room to sample the rest of your Thanksgiving buffet.
Mixed Greens with Beets and Garlic Croutons
Mesclun, the mixture of tender young greens was, until recently, the domain of gourmet markets and high-end restaurants. Today, you'll likely find it in the produce aisle of your supermarket. But even though this veggie mix has become more common, when you top it with beets and homemade croutons, this Thanksgiving side dish will look and taste like it came from a fancy restaurant.
Kale Caesar Salad
Even though Thanksgiving is a day to indulge, you can still sneak a healthy serving of veggies in among your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Kick off your meal with a Thanksgiving salad packing plenty of protein and good-for-you leafy greens. Our Caesar dressing features hard-cooked egg yolks for extra creaminess.
Green Beans and Fennel
You can upgrade traditional green bean casserole into a fancy Thanksgiving side dish in just 30 minutes with a handful of ingredients. Fresh fennel has the delightful crunch of celery, but with a subtle licorice flavor that will make your green beans taste like they came straight from a high-end restaurant's kitchen. To crush fennel seeds, place them on a cutting board, then press with the bottom of a skillet.
Walnut-Sage Potatoes au Gratin
Gruyère—is it Swiss or French? Both countries have argued over the rights to the name, but there's no need to dwell on the issue. Just savor the nutty, rich flavor the semihard cheese brings to the dish. This decadent cheese does a great job of dressing up plain potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, along with fresh sage and crunchy walnuts.
Mashed Potatoes with Savory Thyme Granola
Yes, we said granola. It's not just for yogurt when you make it with pumpkin seeds, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Best of all, you can make the granola ahead of time and sprinkle it on the mashed potatoes when you're ready to serve your bistro Thanksgiving menu. No will accuse your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes of being too plain, that's for sure!
Citrus-Marinated Turkey with Cilantro Sauce
Change your Thanksgiving game with these tasty turkey breasts soaked in a citrus marinade before roasting. Drizzle the cooked turkey with additional cilantro, citrus, and jalapeño sauce for extra flavor. It's a step up from gravy, that's for sure, and it's definitely something you'd find on a restaurant Thanksgiving menu.
Herb-Roasted Capon with Carmelized Onions
If you want to take a break from Thanksgiving turkey, try serving a roast chicken for Thanksgiving instead! Rub capon or chicken with a mixture of dried herbs before roasting and serve with onion wedges and pearl onions caramelized in butter and balsamic vinegar. The smaller bird is even easier to cook than turkey, but it'll taste just as good as any fancy Thanksgiving turkey.
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
This airy cheesecake is pumpkin flavored! Step up a plain pumpkin pie by turning it into a pumpkin cheesecake. Top each slice with our sweet cranberry sauce, and this treat will be the star of your Thanksgiving dessert table. A few extra garnishes will make this Thanksgiving dessert look like it came straight from the dessert case at your local bistro.
Pumpkin Crème Caramel
If you really want a show-stopping Thanksgiving dessert, make this bistro-worthy pumpkin custard. Using a water bath when making these smooth, silky desserts ensures the custard cooks slowly and evenly. Top with a few pomegranate seeds to make each one look festive and fancy.