Monday, November 23, 2015

A Thanksgiving Menu

As I have been doing for many holidays, I am again posting my menu for Thursday Dinner:


Spinach & Artichokes in Puff Pastry

Pear and Gorgonzola on Mixed Baby Greens
w Pear-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Turkey w Giblet Gravy
Chestnut Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Buttermilk Potatoes
Green Beans in Café de Paris Butter
Brandied Cranberry Chutney
Rolls and Orange Butter

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

I think I have it all together.  Big item is to deconstruct my turkey and then brine the breast, salt the legs, and de-bone the thighs.  I am doing my own version of Julia Child's deconstructed turkey which I have made in the past.  I also need to make my turkey stock and cook those giblets for the stuffing.  I need to skedaddle.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious. You are a very ambitious cook Denise.

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    1. I learned from my family on both sides who made unbelievable family meals for 20 or more people. I don't make nearly the number of dishes I used to make. Age takes its toll.

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    2. I guess we never made that many dishes in the UK. 3 courses or possibly four, but not loads of side dishes like y'all make over here.

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    3. And I can guarantee that at least one guest will ask where the Brussels sprouts are.

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  2. Already drooling by the thought of it. :)

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    1. You sound like my children. I always have to put out my menu before hand so they can ponder the day in terms of food and football.

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  3. Wow, that sounds amazing! (And a lot of work.) How many people do you normally have over for dinner?

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    1. Looks to be about ten of us this year. Nothing like dinners when I was a child and 25 or more would fill up the house.

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  4. We (my husband, whose hobby is cooking) used to do stuff like deconstructing a turkey. One year he was even thinking of hand-making a turducken. No more. Still, today husband is making a turkey with homemade stuffing (from store bought bread), fresh veggies. I made an apple crisp, a pumpkin pie (store made pie shell) and cranberry sauce. Only five of us this year. I am impressed by your menu. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Pillsbury pie shells are my favorite time saver. Bought Pepperidge Farm bread cubes too. Nuf' to do without spending time on those items. Hope you had a good day.

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  5. This all sounds delicious! Once for a Gourmet Club dinner I boned and stuffed a small turkey. It really looked pretty and tasted pretty good too. This year my daughter's new beau brined and cooked a 14 pounder in the gas grill. Fabulous.

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    1. I've always wanted to do my turkey on the grill, but I can never rely on the weather here. Of course, I could do one in the summer, lol.

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