Our fresh turkey has been pre-ordered from Whole Foods. I made a "practice turkey" last week, and am so glad that I did. The practice turkey was dry brined and rubbed with an herbed butter. I'll definitely be using the herbed butter technique, but skipping the dry brining (the meat was a little too dry for us.)
I made this gravy when I cooked the "practice turkey", and it was phenomenal -- hands down, the best gravy I've ever tasted (and the Mr. agreed!) After a few shudders as I had to handle the giblets, the process for making the gravy was very simple. In my opinion, one of the reasons why it tasted to good was that the homemade broth that was used was simmered for 2 hours. I also got to use my new fat separator in the process -- such a great tool!
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without stuffing. I'm not a huge fan of stuffing that was cooked inside of the bird, so I'm opting for this simple recipe instead. I plan on drenching the stuffing with gravy!
With all the homemade gravy that I'll be making, we need one more thing to add it to. Mashed potatoes are easy and tasty, and in my book, a must on any holiday table.
My Mom and I made this last year for Thanksgiving, and it was so delicious. It's one of my favorite seasonal dishes -- so sweet and yummy! Who doesn't like marshmallows?
Since we need to add a veggie to the mix, Green Bean Casserole has been added to the menu. The crunchy onions on top are healthy, right? Ha!
Cranberry Sauce -- right out of the can! No shame here, folks.
The Mr. prefers Pecan over Pumpkin any day, so we'll be indulging for dessert.
We have a bottle of wine that has been aging for a few years, plus a bottle that we picked up on our recent trip to Napa. Both are from Plumpjack, which is one of our favorite wineries.
To add a little flair to the table, I invested in a few cloth napkins from Crate&Barrel, and plan to make a small centerpiece of gourds. If I have some time to be crafty during the next week, I might make these cute squirrel place holders -- I mean, how cute are they?
I'm absolutely full and exhausted after typing out this menu. I think I'll go take a nap.
What's on your menu?