For a Thanksgiving dinner you can actually relax and enjoy, it's time to go rustic. Just think: no stressing about if the napkins are in the right place, if all the dishes match, or if the food is plated perfectly.
A meal like this is way more about the flavor! And trust us, these dishes taste delicious. Like a time-weathered barn or a thrift store find, these foods are all the better for being casually presented. There's something about each that has character, giving this meal the perfect rustic charm.
Stuffing: Corn Bread Stuffing with Sausage
No one said stuffing had to be stuffy. This Corn Bread Stuffing with Sausage is down-to-Earth delicious. With mouthwatering flavor from savory sausage, this mixture of corn bread, spinach, onion, and fennel adds a serving of rustic taste to your plate. It's simple and filled with flavors that give the classic a new twist.
Make-Ahead Tip: Bake corn bread muffins up to 1 month in advance of your holiday meal and freeze until you're ready to stir together this stuffing.
Get the recipe: Corn Bread Stuffing with Sausage
Vegetable Side Dish: Acorn Squash with Rustic Raisin Sauce
This Acorn Squash with Rustic Raisin Sauce would be perfect for a forest feast. However, it'll be equally fitting on your rustic Thanksgiving dinner table, no matter how urban or rural the setting.
Use a slow cooker to make the sweet sauce and roasted acorn squash. Combine onions, raisins, and apple-pie spice with honey, margarine, and vanilla for a delicious sauce to complement the squash perfectly. The finishing touch: a little extra crunch by way of a sprinkle of pistachio nuts.
Get the recipe: Acorn Squash with Rustic Raisin Sauce
Did you know? The main difference between currants and raisins is the size (currants are slightly smaller). Score even more fun facts about your favorite fruits.
Potato Side Dish: Roasted Sage Fingerling Potatoes
With just four ingredients and 30 minutes, you can make these Roasted Sage Fingerling Potatoes. Potatoes, olive oil, hickory-smoked salt, and fresh sage leaves combine to create this savory potato dish.
Prep, roast, done. As perfect as these potatoes are for Thanksgiving, they could easily step up a weeknight dinner as well. This is going to be a new favorite and one of the fastest recipes you'll make all year.
Double-Duty Tip: If you have any extra sage, save it for a garnish on the entree.
Get the recipe: Roasted Sage Fingerling Potatoes
Entree: Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey
This bird is stuffed with a bread and fruit stuffing, surrounded by root vegetables, and topped with citrus marmalade. When everything is all cooked, you'll not only have your roasted turkey, you'll also have the stuffing, veggies, and even a giblet gravy to go along with your meal. This is the perfect solution if you're feeding a large crowd!
If you want to get the most use out of your turkey, this is the recipe you need. This delicious dish will leave you as stuffed as the turkey.
Timing Tip: For the best results, remove your turkey from the refrigerator as you make the stuffing (about 30 minutes before roasting).
Get the recipe: Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey
Grain Side Dish/Appetizer: Toasted Wild Rice Griddle Cakes
To keep hungry guests quiet and out of the kitchen, give them a hearty appetizer to snack on! If dinner is ready to go earlier than expected (wouldn't that be nice?), these Toasted Wild Rice Griddle Cakes also make an amazing side dish.
Wild rice, fennel, shredded carrot, pepper, and onion are just a few of the yummy ingredients mixed into these crispy cakes. Serve them warm, and top with sour cream and greens for a delicious treat.
Get the recipe: Toasted Wild Rice Griddle Cakes
Drink: Mulled Cider and Pineapple Cocktail
Rather than fussing over single-serving cocktails or selecting the perfect wine pairing, stir together a big-batch punch. Serve in mismatched mugs or glasses for a rustic touch.
While this mulled cider calls for a splash of rum, feel free to omit if your holiday invite list includes those under 21.
Get the recipe: Mulled Cider and Pineapple Cocktail
Dessert: Apple Tart with Cheddar Cheese Crust
Not only does this delicious apple tart have a cheddar cheese crust, it also features a cheddar crumb topping. The cheesy flavor makes this traditional tart even better.
Also, this fuss-free dessert is easier to make than a pie. Just use one crust that's pleated over the sides of the filling. Although this dessert will taste incredible on its own, we recommend topping each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra deliciousness.
Get the recipe: Apple Tart with Cheddar Cheese Crust
Crunched for time? Try one of these make-ahead tarts, cakes, or pies instead.
Decorate Your Home with Rustic Flair
If you adore rustic style, you know that it goes far beyond what's on your plate! Make sure your house, kitchen, and table are all decked out in rustic decor. A bit country, a little vintage, and a touch of nature come together for successful rustic-chic style.
Get inspired to use natural or thrifted elements: