We are not gourmet people, so don't be intimidated... I admit--I use stuffing from a box, so there! Here's what we have down for this year:
- Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey: Jeremy told me I have to mention that, to date, there are over 2300 5-star reviews of this recipe on Food Network. We have yet to be disappointed...
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: I make this recipe with a few variations. I don't use pecans, and I cook the potatoes at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. It makes them smushier :o) and easier to eat, I think!
- Mashed Potatoes: We use large red potatoes, cook them as usual, but keep the skins on and add milk, butter, sour cream, Lawry's season salt, dry ranch dressing powder, or whatever else we feel like. See what you can come up with!
- Stuffing: We've tried different recipes over the years and haven't found anything we really love. So we keep looking! This year, I'm making Trader Joe's cornbread stuffing--I'll probably add some celery, onion, etc. but keep it simple :o)
- Fresh Cranberry Compote: I'm usually the only that eats this--no, that's not true. Bennett eats it, too... But I just have to have it on the table! It's so pretty, and I think it tastes good :o) I don't care what anyone else says!
- Peas and Pearl Onions: This is a tradition from my mom's family. I hated them growing up, but now I will search far and wide to find pearl onions for this recipe. I basically just cook the peas and the onions according to the directions on their respective packages, put them together in a dish and put a little bit of butter on them. They're so pretty!
- Corn: My mom used to make this Amish sweet corn, but it took a lot of time and I haven't replicated it yet... Our friends are bringing a corn pudding this year, so I'm excited to see what it's like! Otherwise, I might just leave it off the menu (way too much starch already :o)
- Lion House Rolls: These are Jeremy's specialty! I just stay out of his way, and prepare to enjoy the fruits of his labors at the table.
- Apple, Craisin & Feta Salad: I have to have something fresh on the table or else I go crazy. It's the mom in me :o) And this one is so pretty, it fits just right on the table...
***Now, I must explain the number of pies... In Jeremy's family, the Thanksgiving menu is not complete until there are at least 2 pies per person, I kid you not. We have scaled things back a bit in our family, but we still have way more than we need... Tradition!
- Apple Pie in a Paper Bag: Always a huge hit... I can't remember a Thanksgiving without it. Just make sure you've got vanilla ice cream to go along!
- FlyLady's Pumpkin Cheesecake: I've made this one every Thanksgiving for about 5 years now. It's really easy, cheesecake-speaking, and I love how different it is from the rest of the desserts. Best with fresh whipped cream on top!
- Janelle's Toll House Pie: Our friend Janelle brought this one last year, and it will be joining us permanently from now on. Requires ice cream as well...
- Sopapilla Cheesecake: This one is new to the menu this year. I might try it in a pie plate, as opposed to a 9x13 as the recipe calls for... We'll see how it goes!
- Pumpkin pie: We haven't found anything that beats Costco's--for the time it takes to make :o) Anyone have any great ideas???