Food Friday: Thanksgiving Menu
With the holidays literally around the corner, I won’t be baking anything this weekend (except that apple bread pudding from Costco that is in the fridge…don’t judge me, I need the space). So I thought we could talk about Thanksgiving menu’s.
A few years back, I took over the burden of making Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws. It was a hostile takeover that I had been planning for years. My MIL is not a very good cook (not being mean, some things are just true), and thinks that “from scratch” is too much trouble. Since I actually enjoy baking and don’t mind cooking, it made sense to start doing it at our house. My husband was thrilled.
The day starts out with a run (how could it not!). And then the neighbors come over for Bloody Mary’s while we watch the end of the parade and the beginning of the dog show. And then we start with the wine. Oh wait, there is actual food on the menu.
My menu is somewhat different than what I grew up with, which makes sense. The typical turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy. And did I mention there would be wine? And then last year I found a killer Green Bean Casserole recipe here. And this year, I am adding a Sweet Potato Casserole from here. I am going to prep both of these the day before and then just add the topping and put in the oven on Thursday.
Desserts have varied over the years with one exception, there is always something apple and they are mostly made from scratch (I don’t make pie crust). This year is a toss up between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumb Pie. One year I tried Pumpkin Cheesecake but that didn’t go over too well. Too “outside the box” for this crowd. Last year was Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie. That worked. I am trying this Pumpkin Pie recipe this year and leaving out the pecan.
So that is the plan. The turkey is already in the fridge (jumped on the sale at the grocery store) and mostly everything else is bought and waiting. Preparation will happen all day Wednesday. We have a hockey game Wednesday night. And then I will run with good friend J on Thursday morning before everything gets going!
What are your plans? Any go-to recipes I can steal?