Our Thanksgiving Menu!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is only three days away - ahh I can't wait! We're going to Maryland to spend the holiday with my family. I have a fun surprise for them - stay tuned tomorrow to find out what it is!

I thought it'd be fun to share what we have every year for Thanksgiving. There's the traditional Thanksgiving feast and then there's every families take and spin on those tasty treats.

Here's what we'll be giving thanks to in Maryland -

My Dad always brines the turkey overnight then gets it roasting the morning of. Brining makes the turkey juicier, moister and therefore, tastier! If you've never tried it before, you're missing out! Check out Martha Stewart and Tasting Table for more info.

How to Brine a Turkey - Martha Stewart
Brining Basics - Tasting Table

We make our gravy from scratch from the turkey stock. Yum! Check out Guy Fieri's recipe - it's really close to what we do.

Turkey Stock and Amazing Gravy - Guy Fieri

Turkey Stock and Amazing Gravy - Guy Fieri

Stuffing vs Dressing
I (embarrassingly) just learned that it's called "stuffing" if it's cooked in the bird and "dressing" if it's cooked in a casserole dish. Thanks Mom for telling me! Until now, I've been using whichever comes to mind.

With that being said, we make dressing using one of my Nana's old recipes.

Here's one to check out - Dressing/ Stuffing - The Pioneer Woman

Dressing/ Stuffing - The Pioneer Woman

Sweet Potato Casserole
Growing up, the only way I'd eat sweet potato casserole is if it was absolutely covered in marshmallows. Now that I'm much more sophisticated :), I like it with a pecan crumble topping. I'm spoiled, I know.

Check out Pinch of Yum's Pecan Crumble for your sweet potato casserole!

Pinch of Yum Pecan Crumble
Sweet Potato Rolls 
This is one of my Grandmother's recipes. I made them for the first time last year when we hosted Thanksgiving at our house in NC. They weren't as hard as I thought they'd be to make. If you've never had them before, once again I say, "You're missing out!"

Check out oh, sweet basil's sweet potato rolls recipe, because I can't give you mine. Sorry folks, that's my Grandma's!

Sweet Potato Rolls - oh sweet basil
Green Bean Casserole
Because you need a veggie at the table! Nothing special here, we just use the recipe on the back of the French's Fried Onion container. French's calls it, "The Essential Holiday Casserole!"

Green Bean Casserole - French's 

French's Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
This is one of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving. I put cranberry sauce on almost everything.

I'm really basic when it comes to cranberries. In the past, we've tried making fancy versions, but let's be honest. Nothing compares to the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.

Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Pie
Another one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving - DESSERT.  Dessert is spelled with two "S's" because you always go back for seconds!

We always have a traditional pumpkin pie, but apparently this year my little brother has requested we have a chocolate pie of some sort as well. (That's why he's one of my favorite people.) I'm hoping I'll be put in charge of the desserts - that's what I like to make!

True story - I made Alton Brown's pumpkin pie recipe one Thanksgiving for my Dad. He had been watching a lot of Food Network that year and (I think) had a man crush on Alton. (Hi Dad!) Anyways, the pie was all finished, ready to come out of the oven and cool. My mom took it out of the oven for me, somehow tripped and dropped it! So here's to your pie being perfect and edible!

Pumpkin Pie - Alton Brown

Pumpkin Pie - Alton Brown
This makes me so hungry - I just need to hang in there a few more days!

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