Tomorrow, Scott and I are preparing Thanksgiving dinner for twelve–yes, twelve–people. I adore hosting and couldn’t be more exciting to celebrate our first “real” holiday in our new home.
Translation: I’m going to make this a production of Martha Stewart proportions if it kills me.
I took the day off from work to cook, clean, decorate, and cook some more. Here’s what we’ll be serving up tomorrow…
Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip – My first time making this…but you really can’t go wrong with cranberries, jalapeños and cream cheese, right?
Smoky Peppercorn Turkey – Brined and seasoned using this kit.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Scott’s recipe. It only exists in his head…otherwise I’d post a link.
Magic Gravy — Again….the instructions are locked in Scott’s brain. He’ll probably whip it up while singing the infamous “I want some gravy” song we composed seven years ago. He belts it like an 80’s hair rocker, and I help him harmonize. It’s kind of amazing.
Elegant Turkey Stuffing — Stuffing is easily my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast. I’ve been using this recipe since our first Thanksgiving in 2007, and have sworn by it ever since. Not to brag or anything…but this recipe has become somewhat legendary in my family. It’s kind of a big deal.
Ultimate Green Bean Casserole — Use canned soup in my green beans? Never! (Especially since they were organically grown in my neighbor’s garden.)
Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole — I’ll be subbing sweetened condensed milk for the 2% stuff when I make this. Because if you can’t throw
caution calories to the win on Thanksgiving, when can you?
Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire — This stuff (pictured above, in progress) has everything but the kitchen sink in it. I’m talking pears, apples, oranges, nuts, dried pineapple and cherries…the works! It’s a ton of effort but is truly the best cranberry sauce you’ll ever have the pleasure of binge eating at 2 in the morning on top of a giant bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Lemon Rosemary Potato Rolls — This is a new recipe for us, which is why Scott’s taking ownership. Super excited to try something a little different than boring old dinner rolls. We’re also making herbed lemon butter to go with!
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople — She’s not my grandma…but I’ll certainly steal her pie recipe!
Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust — I made this last year, and it was divine. Better than pumpkin pie, in my opinion. (Although my Uncle’s bringing pumpkin pie, so we’ll have one of those, too!)
Classic Pecan Pie — I love this recipe as it doesn’t use Karo syrup.
Caramel Pecan Pie — Easily my favorite dessert ever. So rich, so fatty, so good.
Rumchata Pumpkin Pie Martinis – We already ate 6,000 calories…why not add insult to injury with a cocktail that might as well be a double cheeseburger?
What are you cooking up tomorrow? I’m always on the lookout for new dishes and wove to see some of your favorite recipes in the comments!