My Thanksgiving Menu 2015
Thanksgiving 2014 I admit we ordered the entire thing from Central Market. It was pretty good. Honestly, it didn’t feel that much easier than just making a very simple Thanksgiving menu myself, what with all the heating and reheating and special turkey bags and reading instructions and everything, but at the time, Flint was only about four weeks old and we were very sleep-deprived.
This is our first Thanksgiving in Los Angeles and Chris’s mom is flying in for the week. We are so excited to see her! Since our guest list is very tiny, our Thanksgiving menu will be whittled down to just the basics.
Turkey breast: I’m going to try this method for roasting a turkey breast from The Kitchn, placing the turkey on top of some thickly sliced carrots and onions and rubbing it with an herby dry-brine the day before we roast.
Turkey gravy: my recipe of course, with a little sherry and shallots
Mashed potatoes: probably jazz up the basic mashed potatoes recipe with some garlic and rosemary.
Cornbread dressing: I updated my cornbread dressing recipe this year to make chorizo cornbread dressing and it’s awe-inspiring. So I’m gonna make that.
Green beans amandine: Chris is in charge of this side dish, but I’m going to suggest he use this recipe from Mollie Katzen ’cause it looks yummy-as-hell.
Cranberry sauce: homemade, because it’s ridiculous-easy and way more better than canned (unless you like canned). My recipe has cardamom and oranges.
Sweet Potato Pie: Chris is also in charge of pie. Maybe he will make Patti LaBelle’s version. One can only hope.
I realize that there’s hardly any vegetables on our menu, but that’s what the day after Thanksgiving is for, right? Making turkey sandwiches with lettuce. And tomato. Voila. Vegetables.