12 Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes By Martha Stewart

Start Thanksgiving right with a leisurely brunch to warm you up for the feast later in the day. A Thanksgiving brunch is a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends and family and embrace the holiday spirit.

From small starters to irresistible sweet treats, there are an abundance of brunch ideas to make this Thanksgiving the best yet. But, trying to think of brunch ideas can be challenging, so who better to turn to than culinary icon Martha Stewart?

Today, we have gathered the best Thanksgiving brunch recipes by Martha Stewart so you can give them a go at home.

From puff pastries to delectable dips, we have something to please everyone from Martha’s extensive treasure chest of world-renowned recipes.

Thanksgiving Pastry Pleasures

1. Puff-Pastry Cheese Twists

Cheese straws are a much-loved treat, no matter what time of the year, but at Thanksgiving, they can provide a flavorful addition to your main meal or as a brunch appetizer.

These puff-pastry cheese twists are easy to make using store-bought pastry. All you need to do is brush the pastry with egg and adorn the surface with Parmesan cheese. Add a hint of cayenne pepper for a perfect blend of savory flavors and a satisfying crunch.

We love the versatility of these cheesy straws, as you can use various ingredients like sesame, poppy, or rosemary for flavorful combinations. Start Thanksgiving with these cheesy delights, and you know it will be one to remember.

2. Baked Brie With Boozy Fruit

This is one of the tastiest appetizers we have ever tried and an ideal treat for any brunch. You’ll just need to pop to the store to get some pastry and then get creative. This recipe encourages you to get artistic in the kitchen, as you can make decorative leaves or whatever design you prefer.

Beneath the artistic puff pastry is a warm and gooey baked brie that melts in the mouth. You can scoop up the soft, creamy cheese with the puff pastry leaves and enjoy the delicate, flaky texture of the pastry against the gooey goodness of the cheese.

Serve warm with port wine-stewed figs, pears, apricots, and raisins, and enjoy the perfect Thanksgiving brunch.

We recommend pairing it with mulled wine or mulled cider.

3. Beet Cheddar And Apple Tarts

With layers of cheddar cheese, store-bought puff pastry, and slices of apples and beets, these beet cheddar and apple tarts are elegant yet easy to make, perfect for a family Thanksgiving get-together.

In less than half an hour, these tarts will be ready to serve and wow everyone. They can be served warm or at room temperature, so you can take your time during brunch. The beets add wonderful color to the small tarts, which are the perfect size to start your Thanksgiving.

The savory richness of the cheese mixed with the sweetness of apple and earthy beet makes for a sumptuous blend of flavors and textures.

Sumptuous Soups For Thanksgiving Brunch By Martha Stewart

4. Smoky Sweet Potato Soup

If you have never had soup for Thanksgiving brunch before, you’ve been missing out. This year, you should try this smoky sweet potato soup with its magical puréed combination of sweet potatoes, leeks, and apples. But be as adventurous as you want with spices to give it a personalized flavor profile.

This soup is easy to digest in the morning and is dairy-free. The puréed mixture enjoys an earthy spiciness from the chipotle chili coated in adobo sauce that will warm you up on the coldest of Thanksgiving days.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of too much spice, simply leave this part out. Whilst you can use butter or heavy cream, these are not needed as the soup relies on its fresh ingredients to achieve its sultry-rich flavor.

5. Customizable Vegetable Soup

This customizable vegetable soup is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving brunch. It offers warmth and comfort for those cold November nights and boasts rich flavors and varied textures from a host of different vegetables.

Soups like this one never fail to impress all palates. It is versatile, allowing for creativity in the kitchen, so you can adjust it to suit different tastes. Pair it with crostini to add heartiness to the spread, and enjoy its nourishing and satisfying flavors. Definitely one the entire family will enjoy.

6. Breakfast Vegetable-Miso Soup With Chickpeas

Next up is this delicious breakfast vegetable-miso soup with chickpeas, needing only eight basic ingredients and three easy steps. Best of all, you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry.

This is essentially miso soup packed with vegetables and chickpeas. It is teeming with nutrition for a warm, savory start to your Thanksgiving.

In just 20 minutes, this soup will be ready to serve. Add a little salt for extra flavor, and everyone will be coming back for seconds.

Cheesy Charms For Thanksgiving

7. Herb-Cheese Palmiers

These savory pastries are ideal for any gathering but are especially suitable for a Thanksgiving get-together with friends and family.

Made with layers of store-bought pastry, these herb-cheese palmiers are topped with Parmesan and cheddar cheese, with a sprinkling of fresh seasoned herbs, adding a burst of aromatic flavor.

You will fall head over heals with the crispy exterior of these pastries and their gooey, cheesy interior. They promise to tantalize your taste buds with every bite and take the spotlight for your Thanksgiving brunch.

8. Smoked Salmon Dip With Bagel Chips

The world of bagels is transformed with this smoked salmon dip recipe from Martha Stewart. The dip has a burst of horseradish, packing a symphony of flavors into a single bite of your beloved New York deli.

Offering a kick of bold flavors and creamy textures, this dip is a standout addition to any Thanksgiving brunch. We particularly like the brilliant combination of cream cheese mayonnaise, capers, red onion, and horseradish, giving the dip a rich, tangy base.

The smoked salmon takes it to another stratosphere, adding a sophisticated, savory depth. It is versatile and simple to prepare, pairing effortlessly with crunchy bagel chips. The resulting contrast of textures and distinct flavor profiles is one that will linger in the memory for a long time.

9. Pistachio-Covered Cheese Log

Made with a concoction of grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce (try and say that quickly), this cheese log tastes as good as it looks.

The topping of toasted pistachio nuts provides a pleasing crunch and color, adding to its appeal. Place this on your Thanksgiving table, and everyone will want a bite.

This recipe is sensational, with its rich and savory flavor profile and hints of nuttiness. It’s a true crowd-pleaser with its elegant presentation and diverse flavors, so you know what you have to do—get started with it!

10. Blue Cheese And Walnut Spread

We continue Martha’s cheesy delights with this blue cheese and walnut spread. Even if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, this spread is a must-try. Any blue cheese can be used, but we recommend Stilton for its bold, vibrant flavor.

Its blend of cream cheese, crumbled blue cheese, and chopped walnuts offers a rich and creamy texture, complimenting a bold and tangy flavor profile. The cream cheese provides a luscious, smooth base, while the crumbled blue cheese adds a sharp and pungent taste.

The chopped walnuts give the spread a satisfying crunch and nuttiness, balancing out the creaminess of the cheeses. You can make this ahead and use it after a week if it is covered and refrigerated properly. We suggest you serve with crackers, but pear or apple wedges also pair majestically.

Fresh Thanksgiving Fancies From Martha’s Kitchen

11. Cranberry And Avocado Salsa

Salsa may not be the first thing you think of for Thanksgiving, but trust us, this cranberry avocado salsa will add a spark of brightness and joy to your Thanksgiving brunch.

This recipe boasts sweet, spicy, and tart flavors stemming from fresh avocado, cranberries, cilantro, honey, and jalapeño. Its sweet, spicy flavors pair exceptionally well with turkey or ham sandwiches, adding a refreshing contrast to rich and creamy dishes like quiches or frittatas. We also recommend pairing the dish with roasted vegetables or hash browns for an additional burst of flavor.

12. Warm Olives With Cracked Coriander

It’s amazing what you can do with store-bought olives, and this recipe is proof of that. If you want a show-stopping Thanksgiving appetizer, this is it. All you have to do is simmer the olives in olive oil and infuse them with bay leaves and coriander.

One bite and you will be met with a rich, savory taste, matched with a satisfyingly tender texture. As for pairing, enjoy these olives with a charcuterie board topped with cheeses, cured meats, and crusty bread. Thanksgiving just got a lot tastier!

Final Thoughts

Thanksgiving is all about the main meal, but brunch is the perfect opportunity to extend the celebrations with friends and family.

With Martha Stewart’s recipes above, you can enjoy a mix of savory flavors. Each one adds another layer of warmth and festivity to this special time of year.

12 Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes By Martha Stewart

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