Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Preparing for Thanksgiving!
We are looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving at our house again this year -- this time for my side of the family! Since our return from vacation I've been menu-planning, china-collecting, and list-making!
I find it very helpful to be able to run to my blog and see what I did in previous years. It saves a lot of time if recipes are missing, or I forgot things that would be good. Here's what I wrote about last year (you have to scroll down through the post to find the Thanksgiving list).
So this year's plan includes, but could be subject to change at any moment, the following:
Mulled hot cider
Chilled cider with sliced lemons and oranges
Roasted Butternut Arugula Crostini
Veggie Tray with hummus and dip
Baked Brie with Brown Sugar and Pecans
Smoked Gouda cheeseball log
Apple slices with caramel dip
Portuguese Cheese Puffs with Parma Ham or Prosciutto
Turkey -- spatchcocked
Gravy - I may try a make-ahead version as well as regular pan gravy
Stuffing -- I kind of make my own with celery, onions, and sausage
Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts
Green Beans with Blue Cheese
Pumpkin Vanilla Bourbon Pie
Chocolate Pie -- a big hit last year
Pecan Pie -- also dearly loved last year!
Maple Walnut Cream Pie
Ginger Pumpkin Meringue Pie -- this is incredible and can be made gluten-free and dairy free by making appropriate substitutions, and, of course, you need to substitute pureed pumpkin for the mashed sweet potatoes
Now it's time to take these ideas and begin to execute them!