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The ICONIC LIFE team shares their Thanksgiving family recipes for you to try yourself at home.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the grocery stores will be busy with shoppers getting ingredients together to craft the perfect Thanksgiving meal. This time of year is all about coming together, sharing gratitude and giving thanks to the friends and family who gather around us as we step into the holiday season. This year, the ICONIC LIFE team wanted to show our gratitude with all of you by sharing our Thanksgiving family recipes.   

Some of these recipes have been in our families for generations, and we are so excited to be able to share them with you here to try so that maybe, they become a tradition at your table as well. 


Thanksgiving family recipe autumn salad

Autumn Salad: 

This refreshing salad is the perfect starter to a Thanksgiving meal. With sweet and salty flavor profiles, this salad will awaken your taste buds and get you ready to indulge in the rest of your meal. 

This Autumn Salad unites all the elements of fall, happily sprinkled around a healthy bed of greens. I love the citrusy dressing and the tang of dried cranberries and the crunch of a fresh apple! My sons have loved this salad since they were little and the homemade dressing is their favorite part! ” ICONIC LIFE’s Accounts Manager, Lucia Burns says.


Autumn Salad


  • 12 ounces Mixed arugula and spinach
  • 8 slices Thick cut bacon
  • 1 Granny smith apple Peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Diced cranberries
  • 6 ounces Manchego cheese shredded or small cubes
  • 4 tablespoons Raspberry blush vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh orange juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup Quality olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh ground pepper


  • Toss arugula and spinach, apples, walnuts, cranberries, cheese and bacon together
  • Whisk together the raspberry flush vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper to create the dressing- slowly add the olive oil

Thanksgiving family recipe broccoli bake

Mom’s Baked Broccoli: 

This dish is a flavorful twist on the classic broccoli that appears on the dinner table at Thanksgiving. With a recipe that has been passed down for generations, this Thanksgiving family recipe is worth trying this year. 

“My mom made this every Thanksgiving, ” ICONIC LIFE’s Sales Director, Meg Perich says. “ It’s a recipe that she got from her mother, it’s more about the memories of my family whenever I have this Baked Broccoli.” 


Mom’s Baked Broccoli


  • 2 tablespoons Minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 packages Frozen chopped broccoli thawed
  • 3 Eggs well beaten
  • 2 cups Sharp cheddar cubed
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Silvered almonds


  • Sauté onions in butter (not the melted butter)
  • Add flour to Sauté mix
  • Stir until paste texture
  • Add all other ingredients except breadcrumbs and silvered almonds
  • Add mixture to buttered casserole container
  • Top casserole with sautéed bread crumbs and silvered almonds in melted butter
  • Bake at 350° for 50 minutes

Thanksgiving family recipe Sausage roll


Sausage Rolls: 

Sausage rolls are delicious snacks to have as everyone anxiously waits for Thanksgiving dinner to be made. They’re also a great after dinner delight when you’re craving something savory but don’t want to go back for thirds (or fourths). 

This recipe has been in my family for generations. My Great Granny taught my Nana and my Nana taught my mom, who has been making them since I was a child. This recipe is more than just a great dish at the table, it’s a way that my family stays connected through tradition. When I eat sausage rolls, I feel like I am a kid again.


Sausage Rolls


  • 1 package Puff pastry sheet
  • 1 package Jimmy dean sausage
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Flour


  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sprinkle flour on your countertop
  • Roll out the puff pastry sheet on floured countertop
  • Cut the puff pastry sheet in half
  • Sprinkle more flour to an open space on your countertop
  • Roll your sausage in the flour until the sausage is 1 inch in diameter
  • Place sausage on top of puff pastry sheet
  • Brush egg on the edge of pastry sheet (this will be used as “glue” to seal your pastry together)
  • Fold the pastry over the sausage and pinch at edge to seal
  • Brush the top of the roll with egg
  • Make diagonal slices diagonally all the way down the roll and cut in 2 inch increments to make separate sausage rolls
  • Place in the oven, cook until golden brown

Thanksgiving family recipe butternut squash

Wild Rice and Butternut Squash Bake

This Thanksgiving family recipe is a modern take on a classic casserole. This dish has an herbal warmth to it and is packed with flavor. 

“We first found this recipe while flipping through a Real Simple magazine. When our family tried it for the first time we all fell in love with it and it has become a staple at our Thanksgiving table ever since,” ICONIC LIFE’s Marketing Coordinator, Allie Woodard says.


Wild Rice and Butternut Squash Bake


  • 1 cup Uncooked wild rice blend
  • 1 3/4 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 pound Pre-chopped butternut squash
  • 1 Yellow onion sliced lengthwise into thin wedges
  • 4 ounces Mushroom blend Sliced
  • 3 sprigs Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 1 1/4 ounce Parmesan cheese finely shredded


  • Cook wild rice blend according to package directions, substituting broth for water
  • Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature-Toss occasionally with fork
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place squash, onion wedges, mushrooms, and 2 rosemary sprigs on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle with vinegar, 2 tablespoons of oil, and ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Toss to coat
  • Roast until squash is tender and browned, 25 to 35 minutes
  • Let cool to room temp.
  • Discard rosemary sprigs
  • While squash cools, combine cream and remaining rosemary sprig in a small saucepan
  • Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until cream just begins to bubble around the sides. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes
  • Discard rosemary sprigs
  • ADD squash mixture, ¼ cup cheese, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to rice in a bowl
  • Toss to combine; transfer to a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish
  • For immediate serving, Preheat the oven to 375°F, pour cream over rice mixture, top with remaining ¼ cup cheese and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bake until cream is bubbly around edges and top is browned, 30 to 35 minutes
  • For storing, Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Transfer cream to a jar and seal. Refrigerate baking dish and cream for up to 4 days. To serve, preheat the oven to 375°F. Uncover rice mixture; let rice mixture and cream stand at room temperature while oven preheats. Follow the remaining instructions above

Thanksgiving family recipe cranberry relish

Grandma’s Cranberry Relish:

This relish will give your Thanksgiving dinner a note of sweetness. Paired perfectly with your golden Turkey, the Thanksgiving family recipe of Publisher Renee Dee’s cranberry relish is sure to be a hit at your table this year. 

“This traditional, cold cranberry relish has been in my family for decades, and it was always a favorite of my grandparents,” Dee says. “My grandfather would assemble a grinder with a vice grip to the ironing board and grind away in the kitchen to my grandmother’s directions. At an early age, the tart and tangy flavor became a favorite of mine, and when I started making Thanksgiving in my own home, I started making it myself. My grandparents even went to a vintage shop to get me my own grinder. Don’t tell, but today the Cuisinart does the job for me and allows me to make up to 40 jars to share with family and friends for whom I’m thankful.”


Grandma’s Cranberry Relish


  • 32 ounce Bag of organic, fresh cranberries
  • 2 Large organic navel oranges
  • 1 cup Sugar in the Raw
  • Lots of love 🙂


  • Wash cranberries and oranges
  • Eliminate any stickers on the oranges as you’ll be using the rind
  • Cut the oranges into about 8 pieces
  • Using a large Cuisinart food processor, or old-fashioned hand grinder as Gram’s used, grind the washed fruit until all the big pieces are reduced to small chunks
  • Transfer into a glass bowl with a lid
  • Add the raw sugar and blend until the sugar dissolves
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight


ICONIC TIP: Quadruple the recipe and put in mason jars to give as gratitude gifts.

Thanksgiving family recipe Pecan Pie tart

Pecan Pie Tart:

The perfect ending to a spectacular meal. The Pecan Pie Tart gives your dinner that sweet finish to satisfy your cravings. This classic dessert recipe is not one to sleep on, if you haven’t had a pecan pie at your table in the past, this recipe is definitely one to try. 

“It’s a family tradition! I grew up having my granny make pecan pie tarts every year. It’s a perfect treat to finish off your Thanksgiving meal because it’s not too heavy.” ICONIC LIFE’s Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Emily McKenzie says. 


Pecan Pie Tart Dough


  • 1 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Margarine
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of tartar


  • Mix the ingredients above well together and refrigerate for a few hours
  • Roll dough 3/16 inches thick on a floured pastry cloth
  • Cut the dough into small circles
  • Place in greased small muffin tin (remember to prick small holes into the dough)
  • Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes


Pecan Pie Tart Filling


  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Margarine
  • 1/3 cup Dark Karo syrup
  • 1 cup Chopped pecans


  • Add all the ingredients (except pecans) into a saucepan
  • Bring the ingredients to a boil for 1-2 minutes
  • Stir in in chopped pecans
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tart shells
  • Let cool

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