Your Thanksgiving Day Menu!!
I can't believe we haven't done this post yet!! But I dunno about the rest of you, but with it only being one more day for this Mexican Caribbean girl to have her first traditional New England Thanksgiving!! I'm just SO excited!!! :)
Here's what we got on our menu:
Alton's Brined Roast Turkey (With a few tweaks): This will be the first time me trying home brined turkey!
Sausage Stuffing (Using sweet and spicy italian stuffing): I made the bread cubes on Monday and had fun doing it! I am making my own Croutons from now on! :)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes: BF's published recipe! :)
Creamed Onions and Peas: Thanks Dana for getting me over my frozen Onion Snobbiness... ;)
Ginger Sliced Carrots: Simple recipe we have every year
Orange Cranberry Sauce and Ginger Cranberry Sauce: I want to do a boozy one (Orange) and BF wants to do Altons (Ginger), so why not do both! LOL!
Homemade Rolls: Gotta take advanage to BF's breadmaking Skills
Brown Bread: To snack on while cooking
Apple and Tart Cherry Pie: My very first pie! Hopefully it comes out as wonderful as last time!
Cranberry and Chocolate Bread Pudding: A friends slightly boozy recipe! :)
And in the morning BF is making Stickey Buns.
With Alices Restaurant playing in the background, it will be a thankgiving unlike anything my parents ever experienced! LOL!
Thanks so much for all your advice and recipes and I hope all the cooks on this board have a great time cooking and w wonderful thanksgiving! :)
cold smoked salmon with dill cream cheese and homemade sage bread (wife)
beef curry roti (son)
russian mushroom spread (guest)
cheeses smuggled in last week from Switzerland
Roast turkey (unbrined)and gravy
stuffing aforementioned sage bread, celery and onions
succotash (with corn that we put back last summer)
mixed green salad with cranberries and dill (guest)
homemade pumpkin and apple (jonah gold and granny smith) pie, wife's chocolate hazelnut biscotti
Duvel Belgian Beer and Villa Marchese Pinot Grigio (89 Cote Rotie had no takers and alas remained unopened)
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Happy easter everyone :)
Heres my meal for tonite
This is what I am eating tonite, I made it before, very tasty 4.gif
Recipe of Ham and beer & maple syrup ( crockpot recipe )
Preparation time: 10 hours on low or 5 hours on high
Préparation time : 15 min
Recipe by: Nathalie Blondeau
4 to 5 lbs ham with the bone( picnic style )
You may also use boneless ham, toupie center ( that is what I am using tonite)
1 bottle of regular beer, not a strong beer, use a regular mild beer.
1/2 cup of maple syrup
2 onions cut in slices
1 teaspoon of dried mustard
Place the onions in the crockpot first
Then include your ham
Then pour the botle of beer, maple syrup and dried mustard
Cover it & let it cook 10 hours on low (I also tried 5 hours on high )
Serve thick slices ( you may pour some pineapple sauce if you want )with mashed patatoes & a green vegetable( I love brocoli ).
We had a 13-lb. deep-fried turkey injected with melted butter, white Bordeaux, cayenne, white pepper, paprika, onion powder, salt and crushed dried thyme. There are never any leftovers from this bird.
The larger 20-lb. bird, rubbed with sage and thyme, salt and pepper was roasted on chunks of onion, celery and carrot, sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme and sage and white wine. Stuffing was a traditional sausage stuffing made with both white bread and cornbread. I always add some chopped-up water chestnuts for a bit of crunchiness. Gravy, which is a take-off of Cook's Illustrated "Best Turkey Gravy", was delicious.
Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Oyster Dressing, which I always double, had to be tripled to accomodate 20 dinner guests.
Peas, sweet potato casserole from a family member, mashed potatoes, corn muffins from another family member, five kinds of olives and assorted pickles, and two artichoke appetizers - one from a friend and one from my daughter, and a lovely brie appetizer from another friend, mixed nuts tossed in with Japanese rice crackers, plus an orange set salad.
I had made my orange/cranberry relish three weeks before, and we also had a fresh-cooked cranberry sauce flavored with cinnamon stick and brandy.
I also made creamed onions with a twist: added reconstituted dried porcini mushrooms to the Bechamel, which everyone claimed was far better than the regular pearl onions in cream sauce.
For dessert we had two each pumpkin pies with Chantilly cream, pecan pies and apple, plus coffee, tea and assorted after-dinner liqueurs and brandy. Wines served with the meal were a choice of a nice Riesling, two different Merlots and a Cabernet Sauvignon.
No one went home hungry, and judging from the paltry amount of leftovers, they enjoyed the food.
I hope you all have a blessed day!
Funwithfood's Thanksgiving Dinner 2005
Butternut Squash Bisque
Infused with Sage & Bacon with a drizzle of Cider Cream
Jewel Mold of Layered Berries, Cream Fraiche,
& Lemon-Mandarin Jello
Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits
with orange-honey butter
Shallot & Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Elegant Yam Casserole
Gratin of Creamy Corn with Fresh Thyme
topped with Panko & Parmesan
Herbed Mashed Potatoes
& Rich Turkey Gravy with Sercial Madeira
Citrus-Herb Brined and Roasted Turkey
with Chestnut & Herb Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce with Cherries,
Marsala, and Fresh Rosemary
Cheesecake with Caramel & Fleur de Sel
Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte
Wow, I'm amazed at these menus I'm reading. You're all making me feel like a slug- and this after I spent the entire day prepping for tomorrow's buffet. I'm putting out some almond stuffed green olives and kalamata olives, and some hot pepper jelly on water crackers as starters. Making a kosher turkey stuffed with an orange and fresh herbs. Have my turkey stock ready to go for the gravy. Sides are a sweet potato casserole from Epicurious- it's got a sugar, butter, pecan topping, and has maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract in the pureed sweet potatoes; green beans with herb butter; Marcella Hazan's braised cabbage; a simple bread stuffing of onions/celery, sage and parsley, and walnuts; and cranberry sauce. Guests are bringing a mashed potato/noodle dish that is a tradition in their family. For dessert, my pumpkin pies and a guest's fabulous apple pie. Happy chowing everyone!
Nibbles: artisanal cheeses, fig jam, nuts, brushetta, crudite and various chips and dips for the kiddies.
Mixed Baby Green Salad w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
Herbed Roast Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy
Fresh Cranberry Vanilla Orange Sauce (my own recipe)
Sourdough Artichoke, Sundried Tomato & Basil Stuffing
Pepperidge Farm Stuffing (same as someone wrote below -my family would have freak if this wasn't there - the homemade one above is my attempt at getting them to start trying new things)
Fall Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple & Marshmallows (another family favorite)
Herb Mashed Potatoes (for those not keen on the sweet ones)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Shallots
Sauteed Green Beans Almondine
Balsamic Glazed Cippolini Onions
Pasta with Butter for 4 little girls who eat nothing else (blah!)
Apple, Blueberry & Pecan Pie
A ridiculous amount of Entamen's (sp?) donuts - no thanks to my sister :-)
Three Cheese Pastry Puffs (Sunset Mag)
Golden Savory Almonds
Pear, Stilton and Arugula Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Green Beans with Lemon and Pine Nuts
Brined Big Bird Turkey with Roasted Garlic/Thyme Paste
Sage Stuffing with cornbread
Cranberry Ginger Relish
Pecan Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream
. and then we're all going to go see Harry Potter. Happy Thanksgiving Chowhounds!
Here's our vegetarian menu:
Squashaladas, recipe courtesy of Snackish on this board a few weeks ago. I tested these out and my husband went crazy for them.
Mashed potatoes with olive oil and carmelized onions plus regular mashed potatoes.
Southwest cornbread dressing.
Traditional bread dressing.
Corn and quinoa chowder.
Apple pie - trying a new recipe from the current Bon Appetit.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thanks for all of the great tips this (and every) year!
I'll play. It's a shared effort, so I'm not positive about the outcome, but this is probably it.
Pomegranate juice with prosecco/sparkling water
Roasted spiced nuts
Savory pastry bites (my mother always makes these, with leftover pie dough, usually filled with a bit of cheese and herbs, chutney, etc.)
Dry-brined turkey with herbs
Bread stuffing with leeks, apples, dried cranberries
Cabernet cranberry sauce
Cranberry pomegranate sauce
Mashed yams with cider and ginger
Green beans with orange-rosemary gremolata
Mashed potatoes and carrots
Spiced apple pie (my mother's compromise for those who don't care for mincemeat: sliced apples, plus currants, spices, etc.)
Maple pecan pie
Before dinner: cheese, crackers, smoked sausage, clam chowder, Mexican dip, chips and stuffed mushrooms, olives, pickles.
Roasted turkey,stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes flavored with a bit of maple syrup, green beans, butternut squash, spinach,carrots, creamed cauliflower and onions, asparaus,corn, rolls, cabbage salad .
For dessert: apple pie, blueberry pie, pecan pie, key lime pie, lemon merangue pie,pumpkin pie mousee thingy ( from SIL) truffles, and something chocolate from my SIL.
CAn't wait- have alredy made the creamed cauliflower and gotten the squash, green beans and carrots ready to cook. MAde the stuffing ( 8 loaves of bread) and am now going to enjoy a glass of wine and read this site for a while. Dinner is Chinese take out. Hope everyone has a great holiday.
Mine is as follows:
Alice Water's 3-Day brine turkey
Musrhoom shallot and sherry gravy
Orange, apple cranberry chutney
Roasted sweet potatos and butternut squash with sage and rosemary.
Cornbread dressing with sausages and chestnuts
Quick green bean sauteed with garlic and mint
Wild rice salad with walnut and cranberry
Panchetta braised artichoke hearts
And Pumpkin cranberry upside down cake
This is the first Thanksgiving my husband has been home in 7 or 8 years. This is also the first Thanksgiving dinner I've cooked ON Thanksgivining since 1987. (I've had "Thanksgiving" in October and the Monday following Thanksgiving proper.) Needless to say, I'm pulling out all the stops for the two of us!
Prawns with peppers and sopressata (adapted from a 20 year old Food & Wine issue)
Prosecco and Cranberry cocktails
Butternut Squash and Leek Soup (adapted from F& W also)
Rosemary-Cider Granita (my own)
Roasted Turkey (brined in my very own concoction)
Wild rice with dried cranberries, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds (me again)
Sweet potatoes with bourbon (F & W)
Funwithfood's Cranberry and Cherry with rosemary sauce (slightly adapted)
Green beans with garlic and mustard seeds (adapted from Madhur Jaffrey - my husband wants these any time you say "green beans" in front of him)
Some sort of mid-weight, fruity red wine - I have to see what's in the racks at home
Arugula salad with fennel
Goldschlager or Chartreuse
Wow- great menus. I lost my notepad and was just reconstructing my menu.
All served buffet style
Before nibbles: shrimp in a cilantro pesto; chicken & leek dumplings w/ citrus/soy dipping sauce
Roast Turkey w/ herbal rub & tangerine/garlic/lemon inside
Smoked turkey w/ balsamic "bath"- heated off to the side on the Weber Q. Throwing in 2 star anise just to confuse everyone's noses
Roasted cauliflower w/ bacon fat, garlic & pepper
Cabbage slaw w/ cucumber, apple, and creamy ginger mustard dressing
Carrot salad w/ pineapple (brought by a guest)
Cornbread stuffing baked separately
Chap che (unsure of spelling)- Korean room temp clear yam noodles, w/beef/spinach/wood ears/cabbage/sesame oil purchased from market that makes huge quantities on site (at request of god-daughter who adores it)
Fresh warm bread w/ butter
Jasmine rice in rice cooker w/ crab "schmoo" (juice from boiled fresh crabs saved in freezer), ginger,saffron,dry mustard, bean sprouts, straw shrooms, coconut milk.
Pumpkin & sweet poatoe pies purchased
Chocolate chip cookies (a tradition at every holiday)
Coconut cranberry cookies
Sounds like a Bobby Flay mish-mash- but it keeps everybody very happy & they all take home their faves- picked up some storage containers on sale to assist in leftover take home.
Snacking first with various cheeses and crackers, pumpkin pickles (sweet tart, made them for the first time), nuts, olives.
Roast duck with palm fruit glaze (Brahea edulis fruit off my tree).
Cherry conserve with orange sauce.
Herb dressing with apples and dried apricots.
Garlic mashed potatoes.
Buttered peas and morels (dried soaked).
Savory creamed spinach (cream fraiche and mustard) in roasted pumpkin wedges.
And dessert - MIL's pumpkin pie, a toffee cake, ginger ice cream, pumpkin ice cream.
Mine is pretty traditional: Alton Brown's brined turkey recipe, chestnut-sage dressing (with a few pippan apples thrown in), mashed potatoes, baked yams, rolls, steamed green beans, apple pie, pumpkin pie (a la mode if desired). Oh, and giblet gravy. All home made except the rolls, but they were fresh baked today. Football muchies before hand: marinated asparagus spears, crackers, spinach dip, baby carrots, olives, that kind of thing. Our one non-traditional touch is my SIL's recipe for cranberry chutney. Tastes great with turkey, and even better with the turkey sandwiches the next day.
re: janet of reno
Oh, and my son's girlfriend (who is from Japan) is cooking something. Since she apparently only knows how to cook Japanese food, it ought to be an interesting addition to the mix. She does have a reputation as an excellent cook, so I'm looking forward to tasting whatever she makes....
re: janet of reno
We invited our friend from Japan to have dinner with us and my family, and just learned she is bringing sushi! Which will be a nice addition to our rather traditional dinner of:
Turkey breast with sausage and dried apricot stuffing (served with Riesling)
Roasted green beans
Orange/Grand Marnier cranberry sauce (alongside the canned jellied kind)
Chocolate pecan pie
I imagine there will be Manhattans sometime during the day as well. :)
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Ooh, I'll play!
Gravlax w/mustard dill sauce (brought by a guest)
Yogurt w/ pomegranite seeds, scallion & cilantro, endive spears & spiced pita for dipping
Salad w/ roasted cauliflower, radicchio, romaine, hazelnuts and parsley, dressed w/ a vinaigrette, then drizzled w/ pumpkin seed oil
Turkey (pre-salted, herbed) and gravy w/herbs and either sherry or calvados
Stuffing #1: oyster & leek, etc.
Stuffing #2: chestnut, bacon, leeks and sage, etc.
Green beans w/ chanterelles & shallots
Roasted onions w/balsamic glaze
Carrot & rutabaga puree
Cranberry sauce w/ juniper, bay, shallots & sherry vinegar
A long walk, then:
Apple crumb pie
Maple tart (the only thing in the WHOLE menu that my 13 yr. will eat!) (He wants ribs.)
My brother Bill's famous oyster stew
Roasted turkey stuffed with mushroom and bread stuffing, turkey is organic/free range, stuffing is husband's speciality
Gravy...I'm in charge of that
Mashed Yukon Golds
Bill's orange marmalade sweet potatoes
Cranberry sauce (not from a can )
Southern green beans (my specialty)
Chocolate cream pie and pumpkin pie for dessert
Husband is in charge of wine. He came home with a case, so we are ready.
There are just two of us, so I have to keep the number of courses small.
Haitian-style Roast Turkey (from the NY Times; I don't like plain turkey, so I figure that spicing it up will probably make me a happier camper this year)
Traditional Stuffing (bread, celery, sage, onions, butter, eggs -- I LOVE this stuff)
Cranberry Compote (a la Gelsons since I really like their version)
Root Vegetable Salad (celery root, fennel, carrots)
Pommes Puree (Joel Robuchon's supposed recipe)
Carrot Pudding (might save this for another meal)
Pumpkin Mousse Tartletts
We go to my sister's for Thanksgiving. Our group will consist of a Zen Buddhist priest and 4 regular Buddhists, and 3 atheists. Can it get any better than that?
I love Thnksgv as I'm only in charge of the dessert and an hors d'oeuvre (what my father grossly called "horse ovaries" - we thought it hilarious at age 11).
stuffing with different mushrooms
red cabbage with caraway seeds and apples
sliced cukes and red onions marinated in sour cream
fresh cranberry and orange relish
I make mixed olives marinated in toasted cumin and coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, garlic, orange peel, cilantro, basil (if I can find it) and feta and olive oil. Recipes on epi. Herb-Marinated Feta and Olives.
fresh cranberry chutney from SF Chron last Wed.
pumpkin marbled cheesecake.
I'm making this cheesecake for the first time and am a tad worried. I usually make the bourbon sour cream pumpkin cheesecake from Epicurious but wanted to try something new.
The recipe is also from Epicurious, but the oven temperature looks like a typo -- 550 for part of the time and then lower for the rest. Luckily I scrolled down to the review section and saw all the posts about how their cheesecakes were burned. There's a post that gives a more realistic temp. but it's still a bit unnerving. You'd think Epicurious would have corrected it by now.
I plan to give a toast to begin our dinner (8 people). One of my father's old faves. "There are 4 potatoes and 4 of us. Thank the lord there are no more of us.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Baked Brie en croute with cranberry compote
Puff pastry pesto, and tapenade pinwheels
Blue cheese and caramelized shallot dip with chips and crudites
Warm Rosemary Cashews
Marinated Cocktail Shrimp in herbed oil
Apple, dried cranberry, and pecan salad with baby greens and maple dressing
Mango-chutney glazed ham with honey mustard sauce
Deep Fried Turkey and Gravy
Grand Marnier, Apricot, and Chestnut Stuffing
Maple Squash Puree
Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions
Mashed potatoes with leeks and fresh thyme
Cranberry sauce with Marsala, cherries, and rosemary (from Funwithfood's recipe on this board)
Canned jellied cranberry sauce
Mom's bringing sweet potatoes, and a friend is bringing a Lebanese rice stuffing called Hashwey (yum)
Crescent rolls and cream cheese biscuits with pear butter
Brandied Pumpkin pie
Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Pecan Pie Ginger Cheesecake
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Okay, now I have to go bake some pies!
We are having a cooperative Thanksgiving at the home of good friends and our stated goal is to keep it very simple:
red pepper hummos and crackers for nibbles
roasted fresh kosher turkey & giblet gravy
roasted veggies (I have parsnips, beets, carrots, onions, mushrooms and broccoli: will figure out the combinations tomorrow)
baked sweet potatoes
pumpkin pie (made with soy milk)
wine: Bartenura moscato d'asti & Baron Herzog cabernet sauvignon
Since it's just me and 2 friends, with no great fondness for turkey:
Roast chicken (Marcella Hazan's recipe)
Mixed greens with pomegranate, fennel, and ricotta salata
Maple mashed sweet potatoes
Roasted green beans and red onions with balsamic vinegar
Cornbread, sausage, cranberry stuffing
Ginger honey pumpkin pie, with whipped cream and a little cranberry compote
Nice post. I hope your first traditional NE Thanksgiving Dinner is wonderful.
This year, after reading many purist posts from Chowhounds, I was inspired to simplify. Here's what I'm making:
Port cheese spread with crackers
Sweet & spicy pecans
Artichoke Cornbread Stuffing
Pepperidge Farm bag stuffing (if I don't include this one, a few people threaten to walk out)
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Cauliflower (I throw together the cauli w/ evoo, mustard, breadcrumbs and a little good parm at the end)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Pistachio Nuts
Spinach Balls (from a chowhound's post)
easy cranberry sauce (the recipe Nikki Rothman posted)
the turkey will be made by my grandmother, as always
Coconut Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie (am trying the Libby's version this year instead of my usual, from Rose Beranbaum)
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Celery Root Soup with Spiced Maple Vinegar from last week's NTY
Turkey and Gravy
Mashed Potatoes with butter and cream
Chipotle Sweet Potato Gratin from CH last Friday
Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts and Lemon
Collards with Country Ham
Ruby Red Grapefruit Granita with Tarragon
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and Bourbon and Pecan Caramel Sauce
Pear Mincemeat Pie
Pumpkin Cream Horns