It’s going to be a great Holiday season this year! We have family to visit, lots of great food, and I couldn’t be more excited about being able to cook this year! Last year at this time, I was so miserable. I could barely breathe, eating was hard and un-enjoyable, and cooking was absolutely out of the question. This year? I want to wear my apron all week and dance around the grocery aisles, THAT’S how excited I am!
We have a huge menu, and a small gathering, but we like leftovers. I’m planning on making my Thanksgiving Pot Pie again this year, so the leftovers really are welcome!
Here’s what we’ve got planned:
Turkey – Yet to be named! (I name all of my Turkeys) I always brine my turkey, because it makes it so unbelievably juicy and it stays moist as leftovers, too. This year I’m using Alton Brown’s recipe to try it out. Everyone raves about it, and as much as I love mine, I want to try something new. Apple and onions? Yum!
Creamy Mashed Potatoes - soft, fluffy Yukon Gold potatoes with butter, cream, salt, and a touch of white pepper. I haven’t decided if I’m going to use Roasted Garlic or not yet.
Stuffing – I bake mine outside of the Turkey. I use a bag of stuffing mix, saute onions and celery together, add some fresh sage and parsley, an egg, and a little chicken stock. I bake it according to the package directions and VOILA! Stuffing that won’t give me food poisoning *and* that tastes great!
My grandma’s (my dad’s mom’s) Corn Pudding! Of course I’ll share the recipe!
1 pint of frozen corn
16 oz. can of creamed corn
2 eggs, well beaten
salt, to taste
1 c. cracker crumbs
1 c. milk
2 T. butter
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes until puffed and center is firm.
Green Beans with sauteed onions and mushrooms – I just can’t do the casserole thing. I told Ryan I would make it for him next month, though. I’m a good wifey.
My grandma (mom’s mom) is bringing:
Cranberry Sauce (I usually make this, too, but she already said she was bringing it. You don’t step on your grandma’s toes.)
My mom is making:
Pumpkin Pie (best ever)
Apple Crisp (delicious with ice cream!)
My mother-in-law is bringing:
Antipasto Tray (because you have to appetizers, right!?)
Some sort of carrot dish (I can’t wait to try this!)
Sunday we’re having a brunch with Ryan’s family, and I can’t wait for that! I *love* breakfast foods, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a real brunch.
What are you munching on for Thanksgiving?