For the last few weeks, our family has discussed and argued the Thanksgiving meal plan. Some items are a given, like turkey, but we had one dish we disagree on. So here it is.
1. Turkey, of course.
2. Gravy made from turkey drippings.
4. Cranberry sauce with orange zest.
5. Mashed potatoes with a twist. Rather than using all Russet or red potatoes, I’m taking a cue from my aunt and mom. We’re going to use half red potatoes and half sweet potatoes with chopped roasted garlic. The sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative, but also add tons of flavor. But the red potatoes keep the sweet potatoes from being too sweet.
6. Green bean casserole, Ben insists. This is the dish we disagree on, but we’re going to have it because it is a tradition, right?
7. Some sort of bread or roll, not sure exactly what yet. If all else fails, I’ll turn to my good friend, the Crescent Roll.
8. This is what I’m most excited about: roasted vegetables. Specifically asparagus, carrots, and cauliflower. If you know me, you are completely aware I’m not the best about eating veggies, so this is big. At some point during the roasting process, a unicorn must go in the oven, sprinkle fairy dust on the veggies and make them magical. Especially cauliflower. The brown, crispy bits are scrumptious, almost like popcorn.
9. And for dessert, pumpkin pie (from Costco), cherry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie (from a friend), and cheesecake (a la Ben).
Nothing crazy or completely original, but delicious and almost fool-proof. Unless we over cook the turkey Griswold style, man I love that movie. Although, last year I pre cut the potatoes, forgot to add water, turned on the heat and burned the bottom layer. Now it’s your turn. Got a favorite Thanksgiving food? Botched one of the dishes? Do you test out recipes in advance? Or just hope for the best?