Thanksgiving - Post your menu.

For the 26th year in a row, we are camping in the Mojave for Thanksgiving. The menu for Thursday will be:

Shrimp cocktail as an appetizer

Turkey - probably deep-fried
Cornbread stuffing
Hot pea salad
Sweet potatoes
Gravy
Cranberry sauce
A nice selection of wines, primarily Pinot Noir from Fess Parker
Pie - Pumpkin, of course
Afters - Cognac or Grand Marnier

All prepared on camp stoves and camp fire.
So what are you having?

Turkey-my favorite meat.
Stuffing
mashed potatoes with copious butter
cranberry sauce
corn
salad(new recipe I found, raw potatoes marinated in dressing then add tomatos, cucumbers, beans.)
Apple pie

Rosemary roasted turkey
Smashed redskin potatoes w/ garlic
Frenchbread stuffing/dressing w/ mushrooms, leeks, and “turkey” “sausage” (vegetarian for my veggo brother)
Green beans with candied almonds and dried cranberries
Glazed roasted sweet potatoes
For gravy I’m making a stock with bones from a turkey I made a few weeks ago and reducing that and then gravyizing it. Pan gravy is always too hectic.
Sister is making a greek salad
Grandma is bringing between 2 and 277 pies.

I always put a bunch of effort into the cranberries and my sister and I are always the only ones who ever eat them, so this year I just bought some canned organic cranberry sauce.

It’s just me, my husband and my 14-year-old son, so I’m trying to figure out how to make small quantities to I don’t end up with an unmanageable mountain of leftovers. My goal this year was to make things I never make.

Cherry Pineapple Salad (a standard for my husband’s family, but I never make it)
Salt-roasted turkey (a fresh locally-raised turkey, not a frozen one)
Succotash (my son’s request)
Hazelnut, sage and mushroom dressing (it was always cornbread dressing in my family)
Green Bean Casserole – yes, that one. I never make it.
Scalloped Oysters – OK, I usually do make these.
Pumpkin Cheesecake

You can’t have too much leftover. Haven’t you ever heard of sandwiches?

I agree that there is no such thing as too much leftover turkey. Club sandwiches…mmmmmm!

But the rest of it? “We can freeze it and use it later!” The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and the mystery frozen hockey pucks exhumed when I clean the freezer in June.

Smoked Turkey w Giblet Gravy (brined)
Honeybaked Ham
Cornbread Dressing with chicken (one heavy sage, one light)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Corn Pudding
Coleslaw
Deviled Eggs
Honey Wheat Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Orange Cranberry Compote.
That’s it so far, there’s usually a few last minute additions. It’s always way too much food.

Turkey (Brined and Rotisseried)
Granny’s Dressing (I hope I make it right this year)
Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole (because there would be mutiny without it)
Squash Casserole (a new recipe for me)
Cranberry Sauce courtesy of Ocean Spray
And Rolls courtesy of Sister Schubert

Sweet Potato Pie with real whipped cream

We always go to Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, as do many, many others. Owned and operated by a New Orleans native, and there are always lots of Cajun variations. A darned good feed.

Their Thanksgiving notice for this year is here and their the full buffet menu here. Mmmmm.

turkey
dressing
mashed potatoes
stuffed mushrooms
pumpkin pie
deviled eggs
snap peas
black eyed peas/corn salad

i love cole slaw. maybe i’ll add that. my sister likes lima beans but i LOATHE them. Succotash does sound interesting though. i’m debating a pecan pie. apparently my sister doesn’t remember ever having pecan pie ever (a deliberate, heinous, and disgusting lie).

St. Germain/pear vodka/basil martinis or Sauvignon Blanc
Crudites with wasabi creamcheese appetizers
Roasted garlic/parmesan toast appetizers
Brined turkey (the spousette is SO good at roasting turkey!)
Mushroom gravy
Sourdough stuffing
Sour cream mash
Homemade cranberry sauce with pomegranate seeds
Cornbread
Green bean casserole
Roasted Cauliflower
Apple pear pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake pie

This is for five (5) people!
::roots around for fat pants::

Boneless ham (Hormel) with pineapple slices and brown sugar
Stove Top stuffing, cornbread flavor(Hubby won’t eat anything else)
Yams, with marshmellows and brown sugar
Green beans with a pinch of garlic
Wheat rolls
Turning Leaf Merlot
Punkin pah with Cool Whip

Baked steak,
onion gravy
mashed potatoes
green bean cassarole
whole wheat rolls
black cherry pie

Appetizers:
Pigs in Blankets
Relish Tray
Bourbon cocktails of some sort

Meal:
Turkey
Stuffing 1 (with sausage)
Stuffing 2 (with cranberries and walnuts)
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Rolls
Squash puree with maple syrup
Creamed spinach with parsnips
Cranberry Sauce
Wines will be Gewurtztraminer and Beaujolais Nouveau

Dessert:
Pumpkin Pie
Whipped cream
Ice cream
Coffee
Port & Sherry

Should I lay out your caftan, just in case? I think my ass just expanded some looking at your menu. It sounds really great, though.

At Casa de CatLady, we’re having

Autumn sangria
Rosemary-spice walnuts
Cheeseball

Brined and smoked turkey
Mashed potatoes
Glazed sweet potatoes w/walnut toffee
Green beans
Gravy
Cornbread dressing
Yeast rolls
Cranberry sauce
Ham

Pumpkin-caramel cheesecake
Pear tart tatin
Some undisclosed dessert his aunt is bringing

I’m bringing chocolate chip cookies. Last year I brought a lemon roll, but I’m not making the extra effort this year, because of the glut of deserts last year.

The rest will be there when we get there.

Roast turkey & gravy
Cornbread dressing
Sweet potato casserole
Green bean casserole
Mashed potatoes
Ambrosia (fruit salad)
Crescent rolls
2-layer pumpkin pie

All comfort foods–this isn’t the time for us to try “new” recipes! It’s just the 2 of us, but I managed to find a small (11 lb) turkey, so there will still be leftovers. Notice–no cranberry sauce. We both admitted that as long as it was just us, we don’t have to have it. We both hate it!

I am in a similar position except it is me, my husband, my 20 year old (single) son and my 13 year old daughter. The goal is to have at least one dish each one likes since none of us seem to like the same things, without having tons of leftovers that no-one will eat. I am still planning [Hey! I still have all day to decide, right?] but so far I have:

Turkey (a compromise because husband really wanted a ham instead)
Cranberry Sauce (canned because I am the only one who will eat it anyway)
Green Bean Casserole (for husband and he is the only one who will eat it)
Green Beans (Fresh- boiled the southern way for everyone else)
Mashed potatoes/Gravy
Twisty Bread (my family’s name for a particular braided yeast bread that everyone likes)
Fruit salad (berries, pineapple, peaches, etc. all tossed together; nothing fancy)
This year my daughter has asked for Pretzel Salad which I have never made but she apparently ate at her step-grandmother’s house. I hope the recipe I found is the one she wants.
And of course Pumpkin Pie with (real, handmade) whipped cream

Appetizers
Pita chips & hummus
Cheese & cracker tray

Meal
Roast turkey, marinade injected
Ham (on the smoker)
Stuffing w/giblets (outside the bird)
Sweet potatoes
Mashed potatoes, made with some leftover bacon cheddar dip
Gravy
Green beans w/potatoes & onions (Glory)
Broccoli & cheese (Bird’s Eye)
Cranberry sauce

Dessert
Homemade eggnog

Skipping the turkey this year.

Roasted chicken
Bread stuffing with fresh sage and thyme
Mashed potatoes – may throw in some garlic or wasabi
Mashed sweet potatoes with sour cream and brandy
Fresh cranberry sauce with candied orange peel and ginger
Pie – either mince meat or butterscotch

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