I’ll be hosting this year for Thanksgiving.
Not a big group, only 9.5 people (the .5 is my 1 yr old niece). I’m going with a pretty traditional menu this year, and I’ve made most all of these dishes before, so I’m really comfortable with all of these. So here’s my Thanksgiving Menu 2014 …
Cheese & Crackers for appetizers
Herbed Almonds in Crock pot for appetizers. This is a recipe I posted in my cookbook, Cupboard Cooking. Easy, yummy.
Main & Sides:
Turkey: we’ll do the rolled turkey again this year. All the work is done before the guests get here, and it fits well in the oven. We make two rolls, and with 2 rolls it takes very little roasting time. Check the temperature with an instant read thermometer after 45 minutes. Also, you may need to cover the turkey with foil to keep it from browning too much. Written instructions here, and video instructions here.
Gravy: honestly, I’ve never been very good at gravy. In fact, my husband even offered to make the gravy for Thanksgiving this year, and I’m taking him up on it. I’ll be following these instructions from My Turn for Us. Wish me luck on the gravy!
Mashed Potatoes: these are roasted, whole, then mashed. I think roasting them adds a nice earthy flavor to the mashed potatoes that you just don’t get with boiling them. Also, I leave the skins on, both for nutrition, but because I’m lazy and don’t like peeling them.
Stuffing: I make a vegetarian stuffing for everyone to enjoy. My stuffing has lots of onions, mushrooms, chestnuts, and water chestnuts in it. I don’t have the recipe posted yet, but I’ll try to get some pictures so I can post it soon.
Roasted Veggies: I love this easy side dish! (I even make it for myself for weeknight meals) And, I love that you can get a whole bunch of veggies in one easy dish for Thanksgiving. I’ll be adding green beans to it for Thanksgiving dinner.
Creamed Corn done in the crock pot using this recipe. I love the idea of using the crock pot on Thanksgiving day. Nothing to mix or watch. Nothing to fuss over. Just a dish that cooks on its own.
Roasted Cranberries: I love this dish! And normally I’m not a big fan of cranberries, but I’m really looking forward to having this again soon.
Pecan Pie: my Grandma’s and my mom’s favorite pie is the pecan pie. Now, my Grandma had an excellent recipe, but I actually make a different one now. Mine has finely chopped or ground pecans in it.
The Best Ever Pumpkin Pie: my very favorite pumpkin pie.
I’ve asked my family to bring veggies & dip, sourdough dinner rolls, a couple of appetizers, spinach salad, and another side dish.
And, I got some new Thanksgiving Decor this year. Here’s a cute little Squirrel that helps brighten my table. That’s my new table top that my husband built from reclaimed redwood.
This is the 3 ring binder that I started keeping years ago. I have all my favorite recipes in here, and all separated by categories, like potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, etc… It saves me time when I’m going to start my planning.
I love Thanksgiving! And I’m so looking forward to it this year. I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!