Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving menu

As I mentioned in my menu post,  This is my first time making Thanksgiving dinner completely by myself.  I have spent so much time planning and preparing.  I am SOOOO FREAKING EXCITED!  I know that it will be hard to be away from our family, but the prospect of doing this all myself is giving me another focus besides not being with out family.

So this is what I have planned.  Be prepared, there will be a ton of links because I am using all kinds of recipes.

Turkey, I will be brining it, like I did last year.  It was the best turkey I have ever had before and I am hoping that it will turn out the same.  Matt prefers out of the bird stuffing so I will be stuffing my turkey with a whole head of garlic, some sprigs of rosemary and parsley.

The stuffing will be an apple sausage recipe.  I will be using the bread that I made on Friday, toasting it and then drying it out in the oven.

I went back and forth on what I was going to do about a green bean casserole.  I decided to go with this recipe with this recipe for homemade onion strings.

Sweet potatoes will be simple.  I am going to use this recipe.  I will be omitting the pecans because I don't like them.  So sad for Matt.

Mashed potatoes are just that, no recipe needed.

Glazed carrots by my hero Martha Stewart

The cranberry sauce I am going to make will be the recipe from The Pistachio Project that I posted on Friday

I plan on making some roasted brussel sprouts, mixed with some garlic and olive oil, simple, easy

Gravy will be made from the turkey drippings.

And last but not least, rolls.  I have a few recipes, but I think I am going to settle with this recipe for the time being.  Since I am still pretty new at this bread making business, I will be buying a back up package of frozen rolls to

And that concludes the meal.  Now lets talk about desserts!

I will be making an apple pie from my friend's recipe.  I have never made an apple pie before, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

I am also making a homemade pumpkin pie, and by homemade I mean that I will be taking a can of puree and making it based on the directions on the can.  I was going to buy pie pumpkins to make from full scratch, but I think I am taking on enough without having to try a pumpkin pie too.

The pumpkin pie will be topped with homemade whipped cream.

Oh, and we still have half a cheese cake left.

And last but not least a banana trifle with homemade dulce de leche drippings.

I will have a few appetizers that will consist of a bread bowl with artichoke dip, some veggies, and I haven't decided yet if I will be doing my friends stuffed mushroom recipe yet.

There will be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much cooking.  I am starting to get nervous thinking of everything I am trying to make from scratch with just one small oven.  But, I have a countertop roaster which my turkey will go in, and the rest will be made in the oven.  I just plan on making dinner like how I would plan to eat an elephant.  One bite at a time.


  1. Goodness are making me so hungry!

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!!

  2. Add 8oz of cream cheese to your mashed potatoes when you whip them, it makes them AWESOME!

  3. Sounds Yummy!! I am skipping the Turkey this year and making a venison roast, and making classy green bean casserole :) Happy Thanksgiving!!


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