Holiday revisited — Thanksgiving 2011

So, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love it even though it’s the red-headed-stepchild of the winter holidays.  The stores somehow go from Halloween decorations straight to Christmas without acknowledging that there is a holiday between the two.  So, since Christmas infringed on Thanksgiving’s glory, I’m going to take a moment from the Christmas planning to talk about Thanksgiving.  I’m not cooking Christmas Dinner (eating at Dad’s table) so, why not..  The yearly Thanksgiving tradition is that I don’t reveal the menu beforehand, but I spend countless hours trying to figure out what to make.  Every year I think, “This is the year that I finally make the Turkey Roulade!” I get really indignant about it and get myself all worked up and convinced I’m going to do it.  And every year, I take one look at the whole bird and I just don’t have the heart to cut her up.  There’s something about the big reveal of the big roasted turkey on the table with the sides that I just have never been able to resist.

This year’s dinner was pretty tame even for me.  Anyone who has been to my parties will vouch that I have a tendency to go overboard.  One of my friends still talks about the chocolate sleigh I made for a Christmas party that I filled with homemade marshmallows (to look like presents).  But even with all the “tameness” it was still good.  So the menu (secret that it was before dinner) was:

Mixed Greens Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Craisins, Red Onions, Blue Cheese & Toasted Walnuts
Roasted Turkey w/ Gravy
Sausage & Cornbread Dressing (with Roasted Jackfruit Seeds)
Sweet Potato Gratin
Mashed Potatoes
Pot Sticker Style Brussels Sprouts
Whole Cranberry Sauce w/ Orange Zest & Cloves
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Crescent Rolls

See…. Pretty tame.  I do make my own cranberry sauce but since I love whole and The Hubs loves jellied, I always make both.  I almost broke my own rule of no repeats for the Mushroom Truffle Mac & Cheese I made last year, which was amazing, but I figured when I make it the next time it will taste even better because I had to wait for it.  I should probably explain the Jackfruit (upcoming post).  Even though I bought chestnuts to roast for the stuffing dressing (no, I don’t put it inside the bird, I like a little crunch to it). I decided to use roasted Jackfruit Seeds in the dressing instead since they were ready in the fridge.  The roasted Jackfruit seeds are similar in texture and taste to roasted chestnuts, so it worked.

Ok, here’s the real reason I was thinking about Thanksgiving.  I was looking through the freezer and found the extra container of Turkey Drippings.   When I saw the container in the freezer it took me back to the Thanksgiving Sandwich The Hubs made for me with the leftovers.  Every year, I make myself a Thanksgiving Sandwich, but I should have known better.  Sandwiches are not my territory.  The Hubs created a masterpiece.  I thought Thanksgiving was good, but the sandwich was amazing.  I truly wish I had taken a picture of it, but I’m afraid if I did, I would have made it the background of my computer screen (yes it was that good).  The Hubs made a sandwich with the Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Kale and Brussels Sprouts.  He used the gravy instead of mayo and cranberry sauce instead of mustard.  It was AMAZING!!  I can’t wait until we get our Christmas Dinner leftovers from my dad so I can see what sandwich The Hubs is going to make with that!

  • Omoro says:

    The scalloped sweet potatoes were amazing! Hurts my feelings you almost made that mushroom mac & cheese, but didn’t. That’s just cruel.

  • Cass says:

    You two are hilarious!! This is a very tame menu. I was waiting to hear about how you flambeed the turkey and poached the sweet potatoes. LOL (Clearly, I know nothing about said techniques.) However, it sounds divine. Please share the sweet potato gratin recipe if you get a spare minute. I’m probably not going to make it, but I like to read recipes and imagine myself making them. 😉

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