This year I'm "hosting" my third annual Thanksgiving Dinner...it's just me and the husband again. Nonetheless, it includes a lot of planning, organization, and prep work. I am tempted to call in sick all week to prepare.
Especially since I'm adding another dish to my usual menu this year: my brother's macaroni and cheese. The menu needed more carbs, obviously.
Thanksgiving Menu 2013
Oven Roasted and Brined Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes and Pan Gravy
Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumb Topping
Apple Stuffing Cups
Crock Pot Green Beans with Bacon
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
And here's the timeline I've created to stay organized:
The Night Before…
- Make turkey brine and brine/thaw turkey
- Make cranberry sauce
- Make croutons
- Make pumpkin pies
The Morning Of…
- Bake bacon and put green beans in crockpot
- Peel potatoes and set in water
- Chop onion and celery for stuffing
- Great sharp cheddar cheese for mac and cheese
- Roast turkey
- Carve turkey and set aside
1-2 Hours Before Dinner…
- Start boiling potatoes
- Start boiling macaroni
- Mix stuffing and bake
- Make mac and cheese
- Make mashed potatoes
- Make gravy
- Bake mac and cheese + rolls
Because it's a little too expensive and a little too exhausting to fly home for Thanksgiving, I use the recipes that my mom has used since I was a child (with a little tweak here and there from my brothers, who are sous viding their turkey this year!) So not only are these recipes nearly perfect, they take me back home. Oh, the magic of food!
Do you tend to use the same Thanksgiving recipes each year or try new ones?