Even if you don't like traditional Thanksgiving fare (I know you're out there), how about a sweet yet hearty start to your Thanksgiving morning? Perfect for filling up on if you're facing a dinner with vegan-unfriendly family or clueless cooks.
Cornmeal and cranberry pancakes from BitterSweet
(Made with yellow cornmeal instead of the called-for white, because I didn't have any.)
AND it's festive, because corn and cranberries are actually native to North America! (Unlike most of the "traditional" Thanksgiving foods...I heartily recommend the "Thanksgiving FOR the birds" podcast from Compassionate Cooks for more on how we pick and choose our traditions.)
The tartness of the cranberries goes perfectly with the sweetness of maple syrup. I can see these going really well with Dreena Burton's Celestial Cream or eaten later cold with some pumpkin butter spread over them, as well.