Saturday, November 21, 2009

What Are You Making for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving 2008

My friend Tania is super organized. She's had her Thanksgiving menu planned for awhile.

I've been super busy at work, but I can't really use that as an excuse.

I always wait until the last minute.

It's more exciting that way. Plus, I'm kind of craving-driven, so how do I know what I'll be craving days from now?

But it's the weekend before Thanksgiving now, and I know I've got to start shopping and cooking for my larger family who starts arriving on Wednesday. We'll have 15 on Thanksgiving Day.

That said, here's my thinking right now. Readers, what are you making or thinking about making? I'm likely to change my mind.

Soup and Salad Lunch
2 soups (which ones do you think I should do?)
Puree of fennel soup served with bacon bits and croutons (make ahead)
Butternut squash soup served with pepitas and crushed amaretto cookies (make ahead)
Italian wedding soup (make ahead)

Foccaccia (make ahead)
Salad of blue cheese, candied walnuts, roasted beets, arugula & mixed greens with champagne vinaigrette.
Small tray of salami, cheese, grapes, clementines, and nuts

Brined and herbed turkey smoked/roasted on the Big Green Egg (defrost in brine on Sunday and Monday, take out of brine Wednesday and leave uncovered in fridge overnight; thinking of using Anne Burrell recipe)
Cranberry-orange-maple sauce (make ahead)
Stuffing with cornbread, sausage, and apples (prep earlier in the week)
Mashed potatoes with sour cream and leeks

White rice
Roasted sweet potatoes, wild mushrooms, and celery root
Sauteed haricots verts or asparagus with orange-balsamic glaze

Pecan pie (make ahead)
Whatever my brothers are bringing.

Friday Supper

Pork tenderloin with fresh herb crust (paste of rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, cayenne and olive oil since I will have these herbs on hand from the turkey) roasted on bed of sliced onions, a couple bay leaves and apple cider at 425 until brown and then 350 until at 149 degrees; sauce made from drippings with apples, dried cherries, and cognac.

Possible Turkey Leftovers
Turkey with black beans and salsa verde
Turkey and shrimp gumbo
Turkey, brie and cranberry phyllo triangles
Turkey soup

What will you make?


Melanie said...

Oh, I'm definitely voting for the fennel and butternut squash soups! I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving late this year since I think I may actually be starting my job on Thursday (oh, the joys of moving overseas!). But on my table, I always have roasted or fried turkey, green beans of some sort, yeast rolls, sweet potato casserole, holiday mashed potato casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, and at least two desserts (pie is counted as one dessert with at least two types). Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Yay for cooking for cravings!

La Table De Nana said...

What a cute photo:)

WE had our Thanksgiving already..Your menu is "beaucoup plus" elaborate than mine was..
I switched the soup for the Ina Roasted Butternut Squash salad this was nice.. But the soup is always a keeper.Many variations:)

How fun that you run by cravings:)

I am certain it will be a wonderful event for you and yours..Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Debi (Table Talk) said...

I vote for the Fennel and Butternut Squash soups~
We will be making Green Beans with Lemon Zest, Shallots, and Garlic---roasted in the oven after the turkey comes out.
I just did a post on what to do with turkey leftovers...but with 15, you may not have to worry about that!
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Little Teochew said...

Thanksgiving is a foreign concept where I live, but that photo reminds me of Chinese New Year ;)

Trissa said...

You actually seem quite organized just going by your list!! I would go for the butternut squash and the fennel for soup (not sure what Italian Wedding soup is). Happy Thanksgiving - can't wait to see pics!

zurin said...

You're just like me!! I like waiting to plan a festive menu at the last minute for the exact reason that I may change my mind and that its more exciting.

We don't celebrate thanksgiving but we are always thankful for what we have. :))

You seem to have a very elaborate menu. Looks so fun.