Every year I share our Thanksgiving Menu. We are huge foodies in our family, and I love Thanksgiving, mostly because I love the idea of having a day devoted to giving thanks to all of our blessings. We always host Thanksgiving at our house, as I absolutely love to shower our loved ones with an abundance of awesome food. All of our family members bring a part of the meal, so everyone else gets to experience the joy of giving too.
For years our Thanksgiving menu consisted of the same ol’, same ol’, but over the last couple of years I’ve been working to add some new things in, and we’re switching it up a bit this year as well. Check out what’s on the menu and let me know what you think:
Thanksgiving Menu 2016
Turkey and Ham
We do both a turkey and a ham on Thanksgiving. Main reason being my stepdad abhors turkey. I used to have a “tough luck, buck up” attitude about his disdain for turkey, until I learned this summer that it stems from the fact that he had to work on a turkey farm when he was a kid. Most of my midwestern readers will know full well that turkey farms exude an almost unbearable smell. Having driven by many of them over the years, this revelation gave me new compassion for my stepdad and his disdain for turkey, so I’m making a ham this year as well to help make Thanksgiving dinner more enjoyable for him 🙂 .
If you’ve never brined your turkey before cooking it, you have GOT to take advantage of this wonderful way to make turkey more delicious. We’ve been brining our Thanksgiving birds for about five years ago and we’re never going back. The brine recipe we use makes our turkey super moist and flavorful.
Just mashed potatoes this year. We like to use Tyler Florence’s mashed potatoes. If you’re not a mashed potato fan you might like my dad’s homemade AuGratin potatoes. My dad’s recipe is easy and delicious and I’d highly recommend it for any Thanksgiving or other meal. OH, I’ll also be roasting up some sweet potatoes.
My dad’s bread stuffing recipe is the best EVER. Onions, celery, sausage and green olives help adorn this stuffing with goodness.
We’re vegging it up big time this year for Thanksgiving. Along with corn (my mom insists on having corn 🙂 ) we’ll be having Green Bean Casserole. We’ll serve an abundant veggie salad this year, and also this fan favorite, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (we’ll be adding some onion too).
The breads we serve at Thanksgiving are a mix of frugal and affluent. 🙂 We’re being extra frugal this year by serving dinner rolls we froze when they were leftover from a church bonfire we hosted last month. Then we add in to the mix Jacob’s Lefse. For those not in the know, lefse is a Norwegian potato bread that’s super thin and perfect with a spreading of butter. If you’ve had the store-bought lefse and found it disgusting, that’s because it is. But Jacob’s homemade lefse ROCKS. We have it shipped from northwestern Minnesota every year. It’s our one fancy Thanksgiving splurge, and well worth every penny. Order now if you want it shipped to your house in time for Thanksgiving.
What is Thanksgiving dinner without an abundance of dessert? Here’s our dessert lineup for this year:
Pampered Chef’s Banana Cream Supreme. We do our own version of this but it’s pretty similar to the classic and is highly sought after every year, especially by my brothers. 🙂
Homemade Cheesecake. We did this last year but we’re not doing it this year. If you love cheesecake, this homemade cheesecake recipe is easy to make and always comes out quite fine for us, even though many homemade cheesecakes are said to be difficult to make.
Pie. And more pie. Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan and whatever other fun types of pies my food-loving father finds at Sam’s Club. 🙂
Orange Jello Salad. We’re changing it up this year. Usually we do Pistachio Salad. but we thought orange would be a better compliment color-wise. 🙂
We’re using this Orange Jello Salad recipe, minus the pineapple and the cottage cheese.
And of course, cranberries. Canned. Jellied whole and jelly.
That’s it! What do you think: do we have everything covered?
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year?