Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

I hosted Thanksgiving this year and, for the most part, everything turned out great! I borrowed the oven next door to get it all cooked, but aside from a few over cooked bottoms the dual oven trick worked out pretty well.
To recap the full menu:
  • 17 lb Turkey (I made an additional breast, too, 'cuz most everyone enjoys white meat 'round here.) Simple seasonings like onion and sage.
  • Stuffing -- made from dried out bread, onions, celery, broth and a boatload of poultry seasoning.
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy -- Ivan made this -- he's a whiz at gravy!
  • Carrots
  • Spinach and Cheese Puff -- recipe here at Martha Stewart. The Gruyere cheese was a bit tricky to find and quite expensive. I think that substituting Swiss would work out quite well.
  • Corn Casserole -- Recipe Here at My first introduction to this was with my boss's creation at a work potluck several years ago. Soooo easy and sooo good!
  • Sweet Potatoes (someone brought these, so I didn't haffta cook 'em!
  • Cranberry Apple Jell-o Salad. Recipe here. at I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, too.
  • Pumpkin Pie -- followed the recipe on the Libby's can, but as my mum always did -- double all of the spices to get a better flavor. Yum!
  • French Silk Pie -- Never made this before, but it turned out to be a hit. I used this recipe, also from Martha Stewart. Very similar to the French Silk pie I loved as a kid. Now that I know what's actually in the pie, I passed on seconds!
  • Cranberries with Ginger -- I can't find the recipe I used. Basically, one bag of cranberries, a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of water, one tablespoon of grated fresh ginger.-- Very good. The fresh ginger is strong, but it's a good match for the cranberries.
  • Fresh Cranberry Sauce -- easy and it doesn't have the can-rings on it. Just follow the recipe on the back of the cranberries.
  • Candied Almonds - Can't find this recipe either. Basically -- egg whites, cinnamon, sugar, almonds, salt. Bake until crispy.
  • We also had a banana cream pie, and a pecan pie that were brought to the table by family and friends.
  • Finally, a selection of pickles and olives at each table. I didn't make those, either. :-)
Even after having 13 people over, we have LOTS of leftovers. If you're looking for a good meal, c'mon over!


Shannon said...

Now you have me very curious about silk pie. I've never heard of it!

We had 14 people but two were very picky kids who didn't eat anything and a third was a not quite as picky kid who didn't eat much. Leftovers - yum ;-D

Cat said...

You've gotta try the silk pie, if you've never experienced it. Just make sure you have plenty of people to share it with or some good self control. More than a small slice and you may end up urpy!