Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the requests for help with the menu have been pouring in. I am excited to share my faithful, fail proof, I can prepare blind folded, ok!! almonst, recipes.
Fixing dinner for a large crowd can be a bit overwhelming, so here I am breaking it down on what my steps are so I can enjoy my family and friends.
My menu is simple. the flavors are all working well together. Even the pickiest of palate will enjoy them.
Thanksgiving Dinner 2017
Turkey with chestnuts stuffing
Shiitake mushroom gravy
Cranberry sauce with apricots raisin and orange
Whipped sweet potatoes & bananas
Brussels sprouts with bacon, almond and cranberries
Green beans gremolata
Roasted carrots with orange brown butter
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It all starts the day before Thanksgiving…
I always start by making dessert the day before. I guess I live by the motto: “Life is too short, enjoy dessert first“. While the oven is going, we always have 2 pies in it: Apple Pie and the traditional Pumpkin Pie.
While the pies are in the hot oven, and the house start to take on a festive scent, The Cranberry Sauce with Apricots, Raisin and Orange get on the way. Easy as it could be to prepare and it needs a good night in the refrigerator to cool off.
If you have double ovens you can start the following recipe which is one of my favorite: Whipped Sweet Potatoes and bananas. So sinfully yummy!!! Early preparation, brought at room temperature on the day of Thanksgiving. Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes to warm up. It may not look the prettiest, but trust me, you will not stop eating it.
Now, it is time to prepare the Chestnut Stuffing for the turkey. I always buy extra chestnuts as I always manage to test quite a few, just to make sure they are good :). I like to prepare the sausage, chestnut stuffing the night before. Easier to handle when stuffing the turkey in the morning furthermore all the flavors have the night to blend together. On Thanksgiving Day the stuffing is placed in the neck cavity, not inside the turkey itself. Using strings and cooking pins, tie everything up. The cavity is well salted, and garlic cloves are placed inside. You will enjoy this simple and yet delicious recipe.
Next on my list is always the vegetables. Green string beans ends cut off, rinsed and put away dry in a Ziploc bag until the last minute. The gremolata is so easy to make and you can prepare it the day before and store it in the refrigerator. For the Brussels Sprouts i do all the cutting the night before also.
At this time, to break away from the kitchen, I love to set up the table the night before and prepare my flower arrangements. Do not forget the small candles around your flowers.
Thanksgiving morning the turkey takes center stage and gets prepared first and placed in the hot oven.
Slicing the shiitake mushrooms and starting the gravy is right after. Peeling the potatoes and placed them in water. Clean the carrots. Bring at room temperature the whipped sweet potatoes, green beans and the Brussel Sprouts.
Once the turkey is out of the oven and resting, it is time to bring it all together, mashed potatoes, Shiitake mushrooms gravy, the green beans gremolata and the Brussel sprouts. And last the roasted carrots with orange brown butter sage.
Turkey carved, all your wonderful dishes on the table, it is time for you to rest and enjoy your day.
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