Are you cooking for Thanksgiving?
I cooked last year for the first time. It was just a small crowd of our family of four plus my mom and brother. I made a goose, because I’d never had goose before and I thought it would be fun and different.
I was a fan and thought the goose was good, but more like duck meat, which is a bit fatty and dark, and truth be told, probably not for everyone’s palatte.
This year I’m cooking for 20. Quite a jump, eh?
Today I’m printing out all the recipes I plan on using and getting organized for the week ahead. I’ve already gotten everything I need from the store except veggies, I want them as fresh as possible.
Here’s the 2011 Thanksgiving Menu:
- Mushroom Stuffed Brie En Croûte – I made this last year and it was a huge hit, so we’re bringing it back!
- Tortellini with Pesto Dipping Sauce – I may regret bringing kids & toothpicks together.
- Mouth Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
- Rosemary Roasted Almonds & Cashews – Good for snacking!
- Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese – Delish and sooo good as leftovers.
- Gruyere Potatoes – Zach’s mom is bring her specialty.
- Harvest Bread Stuffing – I’ve never seen a stuffing so chock full of stuff. Should be an adventure.
- Rustic Bread - Courtesy of my mom.
- Cauliflower with Browned Butter, Pears, Sage & Hazelnuts – Anything with browned butter is a win in my book.
- Homesteader Cornbread – Got high rating on AllRecipes, so it should be great…
- Green Beans and Carrots in Charmoula Sauce – What’s a charmoula?!
- A big-ass free range, outdoorsy 22lb turkey – here’s my fingers crossed hoping it fits in the oven; we don’t get it until Wednesday.
- Apple Pie in Jars – So tiny! So adorable!
- Mini Brownie Bites – Notice a trend?
- Chocolate Bourbon Pudding – With pistachios and sea salt, OMG!
- Cheesecake – In little mason jars, duh!
- Pumpkin Pie – Silken abundance from my mom.