Hi folks, it is time to plan the menu for this year’s feast with our top recommended Thanksgiving recipes. Whether you are doing big or small, the menu needs to be set and a plan in place soon.
Like all good food bloggers, I will make everything from scratch; I will plant the seeds, harvest the wheat and mill the flour. Well maybe not. While I love Thanksgiving, the amount of work can be overwhelming. So let’s get our plan started.
The first part is easy. How big do you need to go? How many people? Do you love or hate leftovers?
Second, how much time do you have? Some super planners out there will pull everything off from scratch. I’m not there, and honestly, we don’t want to be. We want time with the family. We have X amount of time and energy and will put it where it does the best.
Things we will buy this year: the pies and the bread, I need a variety of both, but I may make my 60 minute rolls if I can work it in. I have some excellent recipes for bread and desserts, but with the variety we need it is just better to buy. We have good sources, and I’m not embarrassed to use them.
Recommended Recipes for Thanksgiving
Cider Brined, Herb Buttered Martha Roasted Turkey – The Full Monte
How to Brine a Turkey*
Butter Turkey Tenderloin – Pan Seared Oven Roasted with Gravy
Grilled Brown Sugar Rubbed Turkey Breast
Crock Pot Honey Glazed Ham
NOTES: * are recipes I’m using this year.
With the turkey, I’m trying a new simple Cooks Illustrated Easier Roast Turkey and Gravy . Briefly, many recipes go through lots of maneuvers to get the dark meat done correctly like starting to cook upside down. They take a large pizza stone and heat to 500 degrees and set the roaster on that adjust the temp to 425 and tent for 45 minutes. Then remove the tent and decrease temperature to 325 and finish cooking. They also do a dry salt rub that I’m replacing with a brine and brush on oil with baking powder to crisp the skin (also doing). Pictures and recipe after the cooking.
The food safety (Thanksgivings edition) coming next week.
Let’s get shopping.
November 17, 2016