Thanksgiving 2016

This is a lazy holiday post since I’m so late to the game in putting one up, but here’s what we did for the first Thanksgiving dinner that we’ve hosted in about five years, this time for John’s family (first time!). Just linking to recipes and noting adaptations.

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*Spatchcocked Turkey (a small one), did my own gravy, dry-brined bird. Turkey itself was good. This turned out a little overcooked because I didn’t keep a close eye on it, as well as a little salty (would rinse next time).

*Turkey breast on the grill (no specific recipe; indirect heat, herbed butter under skin). Also dry-brined. This was terrific.

*Mashed sweet potatoes

*A straightforward potato and caulflower mash, no recipe

*These roasted mushrooms

*This brussels sprouts salad

*Ina’s squash salad

*Green beans almondine

*Mom’s Meat Stuffing

*A bread stuffing inspired by this recipe

*John’s sausage stuffing (don’t have a recipe for this yet)

For apps, I made pimento cheese dip with pickled vegetables, gougeres (recipes to follow), a cheese plate, and probably something Im forgetting. For drinks, a fall sangria.

And with the leftover turkey:

Turkey Gumbo (based on this recipe)

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tinga Tacos (loosely based on this recipe)

 

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