It's everything you'll need for a fab Thanksgiving dinner!
Click HERE for a superb interactive Thanksgiving menu from New York Times food & dining writers, (the elegant) Julia Moskin & (the darn cute) Melissa Clark.
They start with the basic categories of every Thanksgiving meal.
• Simple Roast Turkey
• Cranberry Sauce
• Orange Veggies
• Green Veggies
At our house, appetizers & a garnish tray brimming with home-canned treats & deli specialties are essentials, so feel free to add in your own traditional favorites.
|Favorite finger foods|
Julia & Melissa provide us with traditional favorites, plus a couple of alternatives in each category. Even if you already have your menu planned, the videos (about 1:30 each) are worth a watch. Oh man...they will inspire and make you hungry all at the same time!
Their dry rub for the turkey looks wonderful, and I think I will try dry brining the turkey this year. I like to change up the turkey every year. I also like an unstuffed turkey, so I'll make dressing on the side this year.
|Toasted sourdough bread for the stuffing|
It's Mark Bittman's Make-Ahead Gravy for me this year! Yay, I hate making gravy at the last minute.
My choice: Their recipe for Mashed Potato Casserole with Sour Cream & Chives. Hell yeah, make it up to 3 days ahead!
It's our favorite cran-sauce: Steve's Maple-Cranberry Sauce
|Steve's Maple Cranberries & Golden Raisins|
Look for this recipe and our favorite Deer Valley Pecan Pie in next week's Tuesday's Cupboard post.
Their Two-Way Stuffing with Mushrooms & Bacon looks pretty darn tasty! Steve & Zak will love the bacon & fresh mushrooms. Again, this is a side dish, so it does not have to be stuffed, but you could roast it in the bird if you wanted.
Their Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion casserole looks fabulous! That's going on my menu, for sure. I'll use pine nuts instead of green pistachios.
I am totally doing their Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Zest! Instead of hand slicing the Brussel Sprouts, I may foop them (chopped in the food processor).
|Steamed fresh green beans, Meyer lemon zest & red peppers |
with toasted sesame seeds
I liked their chocolate pecan pie, but I am leaning toward our traditional Deer Valley Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
|My 2012 pumpkin pie|