Typically I start planning the menu as soon as Halloween is over. I look forward to planning this weekend all year. (Please tell me I'm not the only one.) But this year with the added baby, five current design projects in the works, Jack in school, and just plain 'ol life, I didn't even finalize my menu until last night!
So here is my menu. I kept most of it very traditional with a twist on a couple sides.
Roasted Turkey: this is the easiest and tastiest method I have ever tried. I'm actually not going to brine my turkey this year but I will be adding fresh herbs to the butter.
Sage Stuffing: going simple and traditional
Creamy Mashed Potatoes: people go crazy over this one
Sweet Potatoes: I make this one every year but just use a dash of orange juice otherwise the original amount will overpower all the other flavors.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla-Pecan Butter: This is my risk-taker this year. Sorry, no photo for that one yet.
Green Bean Casserole: is it really Thanksgiving without it?
Susan's Cranberry Salad: recipe to come. trust me. It's awesome.
WS Gravy: sometimes I need a time saver!
Finally, I tried this Classic French Gougere Mix last year (think cheese poofs) and they were spectacular. I like to have a big plate of these ready as an appetizer: simple, different, and light.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with peace and gratefulness!
Do you make a plan for cooking Thanksgiving?
What recipes are you trying this year? Taking any risks?