Our Thanksgiving was the best yet, despite the fact we returned from vacation the night before. As usual, I cooked the whole meal, but this year I enjoyed it more than ever and had fun with the logistics of getting everything to the table hot.
When planning, I looked back on some of the dishes from last year for inspiration. While the menu remained the same, some of the recipes changed and I’m posting them here for when I look back next year.
First off, the turkey. I’ve made all kinds of turkeys, the best one being Alton Brown’s. But this year I didn’t have time to brine and decided to go with a plain old 6 pound turkey breast which I rubbed with poultry seasoning and butter. It was delicious and I hardly did anything to it. For the gravy, I cheated and used the gravy packet that came with the turkey, then added vegetable broth and a whole lot of other spices. It was the easiest gravy I’ve ever made and everyone liked it.
Cranberry sauce was 12 oz of cranberries cooked in 1 cup orange juice mixed with 1 cup of sugar. I like the idea of cranberry sauce and make it for the table, but only one person ate any. Now I have a couple of cups of leftover cranberry sauce I need to use.
The sweet potato casserole was good too, but like the cranberry sauce, only my mom eats it. Usually I make Cooking Light’s Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole, but this year I tried a recipe which had marshmallows and cornflakes on top. While my mom likes the Cooking Light recipe, I think she liked this marshmallow topped version better.
This was the first Thanksgiving in our new house and I now that I have a double-oven, I don’t have to make stuffing in the slow cooker. Not that we didn’t like the slow cooker stuffing, but this stuffing recipe was even better. I left out the sausage and added pecans. Do you add sausage to your stuffing? I’d never heard of people doing that until I was an adult.
Mashed potatoes were make-ahead mashed potatoes. This recipe is such a lifesaver.
And for some extra bulk, we had hot rolls, steamed corn and steamed green beans.
I wish I’d made more desserts so we’d have more leftovers, but who knows — I may feel like baking something again. I’ve been known to do that. But for yesterday, we had we had Best Ever Pecan Pie and Mom’s Chocolate Cake from Food & Wine.
Today I used the leftover turkey in turkey poblano soup and will post that recipe next. I think I liked the soup almost as much as the turkey!