Now, don’t get me wrong. I have blessings by the fistful, starting with fantastic friends and family, many of whom were around the table this year. But for me, the true meaning of Thanksgiving is the food. Yes, I admit it. I’m hopelessly shallow. I started cooking two days ahead of time this year and the big fun for me was not only seeing that fantastic array of friends and family, but laying out a traditional feast.
So, I dedicate this post to Turkey Day dissection and encourage you, gentle blog reader, to share your menus and food-related tales from The Big Feast.
Here’s what we had:
Turkey (I’m a purist when it comes to the main dish)
Corn bread and bacon dressing
Baked mashed potatoes (more on that in a minute)
Homemade cranberry relish
Buttered green beans
There should have been cloverleaf rolls, but, my bad, I scalded the milk and didn’t wait until it had cooled sufficiently to mix it with the yeast, and so killed the yeast.
There were several inovations on the table this year. Always a risk, but for the most part they worked. The fresh relish was something I’d never made before, but I got it out of THE WAY TO COOK, which I refer to as the Gospel of St. Julia, and it was not only simple but delicious. Went with a corn bread stuffing rather than a straight bread dressing, and my only problem there is the poultry seasoning turned the whole thing a rather off-putting green. But it tasted good. Maybe less poultry seasoning next year and more…dunno. Fresh sage?
The biggest risk I took was messing with the mashed potatoes. But I heard this fantastic recepie on the Food Network. Basically, you mash the potatoes, mix in cheese and extra butter (and bacon), cover with more cheese and breadcrumbs and bake. Basically it gives you a big pan of twice-baked potato insides. I figured there was no bad here, and it turns out I was right.
So, what did you cook this year? How’d it turn out? Did you try anything new? Any spectacular successes? Any mournful failures? Any thoughts on how to keep corn bread stuffing from turning green in the bird?
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