Plans and preparation for Thanksgiving are getting underway around here as we will celebrate this favorite holiday in just two weeks time!
Cooking the entire Thanksgiving feast can be a daunting task, but if some of the dishes can be contributed by guests or family members 'pot-luck' style, and a few things made ahead of time, the event can be comfortably managed.
Take my Buttermilk & Sweet Onion Rolls, for example. They can be made up to a month ahead of time, then well wrapped and frozen. On the big day simply thaw and place in the oven about 20 minutes before dinner is served. Voila! Hot rolls as tender and soft as if you have made them fresh. Be sure to make plenty as I've observed individuals eat as many as three each during the Thanksgiving feast. (Nope, it wasn't me.)
Here's an outstanding Fruit & Herb Stuffing that can be assembled the day before and baked off on Thanksgiving Day either in the turkey or on the side. It's perfumed with some of my favorite herbs and sweetened with dried cranberries, apples, and golden raisins. Speaking of Big Bird...
There's lots of fancy ways to cook a turkey, from deep frying to brining overnight and then roasting, but I prefer it simply seasoned and roasted, with a maple butter glaze brushed on in the last few minutes of cooking as directed in this post.
It's often easy for the side dishes to steal the spotlight at Thanksgiving feasts, especially when they are emerald green and bejeweled with toasted nuts like these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts & Lemon.
Don't forget my favorite part of the meal: the cranberry sauce. It's really the main reason to eat turkey, as far as I'm concerned, and this cheery Orange-Anise Cranberry Sauce will wake up those taste buds and complement the poultry perfectly.
Wait! Hold off on thirds of this virtual Thanksgiving feast, because dessert is coming!
It doesn't get much more classic than apple pie, but this sky-high version made with sour cream and spices, then topped with a kicking pecan streusel, is the best I've ever had. Trust me, it's worthy of a spot on your sideboard this Thanksgiving.
I don't even have to sell you on this Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce because just the title and photo alone should tell you that it's pretty much the ideal Autumn dessert.
Psst: don't have time for messing with pie crust? This dessert is a cinch to put together and can be made a day or two ahead of time--IF you can resist eating it warm from the oven. I dare you.
No matter where you are or what day you celebrate, here's raising a glass and wishing "a happy, healthy Thanksgiving to each and every one!"