I realize that the big day isn’t until tomorrow, but I’m going to be busy busy in the kitchen so I just wanted to write and wish everyone a very happy Thanksgivukkah!
We are having a smaller turkey day this year, but I’m still cooking up a storm. Here’s my menu if you need any last minute ideas!
My Macheesmo Menu
Turkey: I’m brining mine using my apple cider brine. Guaranteed good turkey! It does take some extra prep, but if you have the time, brining is the only way to go.
Gravy: I’m a classic gravy guy. Nothing fancy here. I cook the giblets from the turkey separately and boil them to make a stock, then use that stock with the turkey drippings to make my brown gravy.
Rolls: Gotta have rolls! This year I’m remaking the sweet potato parker rolls I made last year!
Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is my favorite part of the meal. I don’t really have a recipe for what I normally do, but I like to roast the cranberries so they caramelize a bit and then I mix them with some sugar, orange juice and zest, and call it a day.
Stuffing: I’ve tried probably a half dozen to a dozen stuffing recipes over the years and my friend Marquis’s stuffing is still the best I’ve ever had. It’ll be on my table.
Onions and Chestnuts: This is a new dish for me this year, but I saw it and had to add it to the menu. You can find the recipe here at the bitten word.
Mashed Potatoes: Nothing fancy here! My Mother-in-Law always handles these and makes some mean mashed potatoes. I’m sure she uses ZERO butter…
Some Sort of Veggie or Salad: Undecided as of yet, but I like to have at least some sort of green or salad on the table. If I’m feeling feisty, I might try this kale and farro salad.
PIE: Betsy suggested that we possibly didn’t need a pie this year and I spit beer all over the place. OF COURSE WE NEED PIE! I’ll probably do a classic pumpkin version, but might also do a raspberry cream one…
Have a Great Holiday
I hope everyone has an excellent holiday and relaxing weekend. I’m taking the rest of the week off from posting, but I’ll be back on Monday!