Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Hi everyone! Today is Thanksgiving here in America, and I am planning some delicious and traditional dishes for our dinner later on today. Here’s our menu:

Roasted Butterball turkey

Green Bean Casserole

Stuffing

Mashed potatoes

Biscuits

Cranberry sauce – two kinds

Gravy

Wine

Sparkling cider

I chose a Butterball turkey because I have always had good luck with that brand. The smallest one my store had was an 18 pounder, so we will have plenty of leftovers! This year I will roast it, but I think next year I am going to try a deep fried turkey. My cousin has been deep frying turkey for several years and I hear it is delicious. An 18 pound turkey should cook 3 to 3 1/2 hours, so right around noon I’ll be sliding that baby in the oven. Oh delish!

The green bean casserole is an American tradition straight out of the 1950s. I had never had it until a friend encouraged me to try it a couple years ago. It really is good! I make mine with fresh green beans instead of canned for the most flavor.

Stuffing can be anything from cornbread to stale white bread, and I have made both. This year I will be making a white bread stuffing with sage, celery, onion, garlic and sausage. I precook Jimmy Dean brand breakfast sausage that comes in the 1 pound roll, then set aside. After the stuffing is cooking, I blend in the sausage. I do not stuff the turkey, so the sausage is served in a pretty dish right from the oven, nice and toasty with a bit of crust on top. Mmmm.

Mashed potatoes are hard to mess up. I like to use Idaho Gold potatoes because they are softer and blend nicely. For just my little family I would make garlic mashed potatoes, but a few of the adults coming tonight do not like garlic. So I will make standard mashed potatoes to be topped how each person likes them – mine with gravy!

Some people like dinner rolls, I like biscuits because they are softer. I have never liked hard crusty bread either because it hurts my teeth. :-)

Yesterday I made an apple-cranberry sauce based on my grandmother’s recipe. I subbed on finely chopped Gala apple (honey crisp would be good too) for one cup of sugar. The resulting sauce is sweet but still nicely tart. This is going to be wonderful with the turkey. I also serve jellied cranberry by Oceanspray because some people don’t like the chunky kind.

I admit it. I am a failure with gravy. However, my mother in law makes the gravy every year and is very good with it! Her gravy is always smooth and flavorful. My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

We will have Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc because that is what we like to drink, and Martinelli’s sparkling cider for the kiddies.

Whatever you find on your menu this Thanksgiving, I hope you have a lovely day of good food, good company, and many blessings!

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