Upping your treat game this Thanksgiving

How’s your Thanksgiving planning and prep going? Are you fully prepared and have lists upon lists with everything in place? Or are you more of a “winging it” type of person? Either way, I think we can all agree, we can never have too many treats at this time of year.

Even if you go for the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, all the trimmings and pumpkin pie, there’s still room for snacks, right? 

So here are all the foodie treat ideas you’ll need for this Thanksgiving!

Savory treats

If after all that turkey, or even before as a starter, you’re craving something savory, tiny little puff pastry parcels are always a good idea. You can use store-bought pastry if you like, or make your own, and then fill them to your hearts’ content. You could use chopped-up turkey with a dash of cranberry sauce on top. Or smoked salmon and cream cheese, cranberry and brie, or mature cheddar and chopped broccoli.

Vegans and vegetarians don’t have to miss out, there are plant-based versions of pretty much everything these days. Hunt down some vegan cheese and plant-based meat alternatives and fill vegan-friendly pastry cups just as you would the ‘normal’ versions. The beauty of both is that they can be prepped well in advance!

Novelty treats

We have it on good authority, that this year it’s goodbye pigs in blankets, and hello to pickles in blankets. Yes, that’s right, no longer are sausages to be wrapped in bacon, but pickles are. Get the recipe here, and if you make them, don’t forget to tell us what they’re like…

And on that note, stuffed mushrooms have had an upgrade this year too (it must be all that spare time chefs had on their hands during lockdown). Now, it’s all about stuffed brussels sprouts. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, make ‘em and see what your tastebuds think of ‘em!

Mini treats

You don’t have to do much in the way of prep for your snacks either, if you don’t want to or don’t have the time. Most food shops have buffet selection packs in the chilled and frozen aisles. Think everything mini – from mini pizzas and sliders to mini sweet treats and desserts.

Sweet treats

Talking of sweet treats and desserts, because who doesn’t want to satisfy their sweet tooth on Thanksgiving, how about this super delicious Chamomile Apple Braided Pastry with Browned Butter Frosting? It’s one of our latest recipes and uses Nature Restore Organic Chamomile Whole Flowers, which can also be used to make an accompanying herbal tea if you’re saving this treat for the evening!

If you’re looking for something citrusy, you won’t go far wrong with these Zingy and Zesty Dragon Fruit Lemon Bars – they’ll be a hit with everyone for sure, so make sure you put one aside for yourself.

Most of all, enjoy yourselves this Thanksgiving, we all thoroughly deserve it