Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving menu sneak peek!

I don't know if I've actually mentioned it, but C & I are hosting Thanksgiving for our families this year. Like, full-on, the whole-shebang-is-at-our-house, I-hope-I-have-enough-plates, hosting. For the first time! It's exciting, because we are gathering everyone up at our new house to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, and also kind of terrifying, because who cooks a turkey dinner for 13 people when they've never actually cooked a turkey before? Well.... we do. So I'm accepting the challenge, and crossing my fingers. Luckily, the mamas & other family members are coming over early to help prep and cook, and the expectations are low - we will have delicious food and a great time, but dinner may or may not be on the table at a specific time and there will be no fine china. Paper plates all the way!

The menu for this year is a mix of tried-and-true favorites plus a few new dishes. Everyone gets their favorite, and the whole deal is not too entirely elaborate. Some things can be prepped in advance, some will be made day of, and I will be purchasing a 20-lb turkey this weekend and roasting the hell out of it. (Did you read that? TWENTY POUNDS. Uhhhhhh..... alrighty then!) Pie will be eaten for breakfast, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on all morning (fun fact: I used to sometimes still call it the "Macy's Day Parade"). Hooray!

Here's a look at what we will be serving:


Pretty traditional, I think... anything that is "missing" in your eyes? Or that doesn't make sense? I find we are kind of veggie-heavy in our family, but everyone usually likes it that way. We also generally have a mix of healthy and full-fat things - Thanksgiving isn't really the time to skimp in my eyes, but I also don't see the need to cook differently than I usually do (read: mashed potatoes get the same amount of butter and skim milk, no heavy cream added for just one day). I will tell you this: the green bean casserole MUST be the recipe from the back of the French's onions box - canned green beans and all. There will be no lightening up or changing of that one, or someone is going to have to fight me. Ha!

As long as we're being honest, let's throw this out there: as much as I like Thanksgiving, I really like Thanksgiving leftovers. Who's with me??


7 comments :

Brooke @ Pieces of the Reese Life said...

Thanksgiving left overs really are the best! My mom taught me at a young age to make this stuffing and turkey casserole and I still do it! Yum! Sadly we don't have turkeys in Finland so we will be going with Ham this year.

Xo, Brooke

Jamie said...

Thanksgiving leftovers are the best!

lifeofdi.com said...

I love Thanksgiving leftovers :) I think leftover stuffing is even better the day after! My mom and I always used to break out the stuffing for a late night snack on Thanksgiving night. We eat so early and drive three hours so it is necessary :)

Kadee Cramer said...

leftovers are so good! I could eat those turkey sandwiches year round.

jeri said...

I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but I first volunteered to host Thanksgiving so I could get all the leftovers. I offer everyone doggy bags, but I make sure to pack up some stuffing for myself just in case.

Ashley Barnhill said...

We are definitely veggie heavy in our house too. Sweet potatoes are my fav!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Looks like a great spread!! I'd love to know some of the recipes you use (like the lemony brussel sprouts), because those sound delicious. And I'm super impressed that you're taking on this endeavor! I'm sure it's going to be awesome, but I get nervous at the thought of attempting to cook a whole chicken. A 20-lb turkey is definitely out of my league!