Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thanksgiving Compilation: A simple Thanksgiving

This is the first year in a over 15 years that I will not be cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.  It's hard to imagine not freaking out over all the details, but for the first time in that long, my friends have insisted that I take it off of my plate and not cook this year.  There are some extenuating circumstances that make this actually a relief and so I'm looking forward to a less stressful Thanksgiving.  Fear not however!  I will be assisting friend JEL at her house, as our family has been invited there, and I'm in charge of all the desserts, and I usually like to force everyone to indulge in at least five different kinds.  So it will still be a Thanksgiving of cooking, just not of one where I go completely crazy trying to prepare everything.

Here is my go to list of Thanksgiving dishes.  If you wanted to do a SIMPLE Thanksgiving, I've put an asterisk next to the dishes that you should do to keep things simple.  (I chose one from each category coming together in a lovely yet simple and streamlined meal.)

I will be adding to this list a few more - notably a pumpkin mochi cake, if it goes well and possibly a few new side dishes. Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful readers!

Appetizers
Hot Artichoke Dip *
Hot Crab Dip
Pears and Arugula, wrapped in Prosciutto
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Spiced Nuts
Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Salad
Pear, Candied Walnut, Gorgonzola Salad
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Salad with Candied Pecans, Cranberries, and Gorgonzola *

Bread
Honey Corn Muffins

Turkey
Alton Brown's Brined Turkey *
If you do not want to brine your own turkey, Trader Joe's sells a very nice brined turkey and then just follow Alton Brown's method for cooking.

Stuffing
Cornbread Stuffing *
Maple Cornbread Stuffing with Apples and Sausage

Sides
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Roasted Sweet Potato Circles
Garlic Broccoli
Sweet Potato Casserole with Apples and Pears *
Green Bean Salad
Green Bean Bits with Garlic
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions *

Dessert
Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie
Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust
Caramel Pecan Bars
Pumpkin Pie *

2 comments:

Lily Leaf ♥ said...

yummy menu! i'm thinking about doing a couple of recipes from your menu! :) especially the artichoke dip mmmmm!

Christine said...

thanks for pulling this all together to help make everything just a little bit easier for us!

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