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Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) sneak up on you, too? If you’re scrambling to figure out what to bring to your pot luck, we’ve got some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving in the Hill Country that that also satisfy a number of different needs, whether you’re only tight on time, or also cash, or if you need something meat- or sugar-free as well.

You could just swing by the grocery store, but you don’t want to show up with a plastic shell full of cookies, do you? “Don't be that person who brings chips and salsa, nor be that one person who didn't bring anything to the dinner,” said The Chronicle. Bring one of these instead.


Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta

Cream cheese, cranberry, pomegranate, and crusty bread make for a tasty and festive appetizer. This recipe calls for a food processor, but can also be made in a good blender. Don’t want to go through the hassle of knocking out all those pomegranate seeds? Check the prepared fruit section of your market and pick up a cup that’s ready to go!

Figs with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Well, aren’t you fancy. The seasonal ingredients scream foodie, but this rich and layered dish is super easy to make (and might make a few fans out of your family and friends).

Side dishes

Sandra Lee’s Haricot Verts and Shaved Parmesan

Want to bring a great side dish? Forget about that old green bean casserole. This green bean dish cuts way back on the prep time with a sneaky trick: the microwave. Expect to have a yummy, Thanksgiving-worthy side dish in 10 minutes flat.

Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Ditch the marshmallows and replace them with something a little spicier to create this easy and tasty dish from Alton Brown.

Lemon-arlic Kale Salad

This is a great answer if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan option, or if you just want to make sure there’s at least one healthy dish during your Hill Country Thanksgiving.

“Here's a snappy, fresh side dish or a light supper: a lemony green salad, rich with tang and crunch,” said the New York Times. “The dressing is nothing more than lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt. Its simplicity makes it perfect.

Cranberry and Walnut Relish

What we love about homemade cranberry sauce is how easy it is, the crunch of the walnuts, and how you can control the sugar. Use a Truvia mix to cut way back on the sugar content without losing the flavor.


Best Pumpkin Pie

Bon Appetit calls this their best pumpkin ever, with sweetened condensed milk adding some creaminess and maple syrup for sweetness. Their recipe calls for a homemade crust, but if you’re not a baker or if you have limited time to pull something together, a ready-made crust will do just fine.

Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip

This would be a winner even if it didn’t take only five minutes to make. Serve with cookies or apples (or both).

Living in the Hill Country

Visiting the Hill Country for Thanksgiving? If it’s your first visit, it surely won’t be your last. The Hill Country has a way of enticing people to stay awhile, or to never leave, and communities like The Crossings in New Braunfels are often the reason.

The newest single-family community in New Braunfels, this new 288-acre masterplan features two neighborhoods of new single-family homes in the Hill Country with modern floorplans, spacious gathering areas, and many of today’s most coveted features like granite countertops, window coverings, and landscape packages, included at no extra cost. The Crossings also offers great onsite amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails, along with Hill Country views and a location offering easy access to I35.

For more information, visit The Crossings or click here to view all floorplans.

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