Thanksgiving is my holiday to cook. I have never learned how to do it "small", even though we only have a few folks here for dinner that day. And I always prepare in the same way. This week, I wrote out my menu, and completed all of my shopping. We have the same things every year- you would think I have it down by now since I've been cooking it for 24 years! But I still write it all out, and put the list of items on the fridge to check them off as I prepare each one. It would be terrible to sit down and have forgotten something! And I shopped this week, because I don't plan on going back to the store, or town, during the Holiday week! (and I definitely will never go shopping on Thanksgiving day, and most likely not that weekend after!)
If you haven't planned your meal yet, here's a copy of our menu. It may give you some ideas!
One Ash Farm Thanksgiving Menu
Turkey- roasted with butter and garlic stuffed under the skin
Stuffing- cooked in a separate pan, allowed to get crunchy on top
Gravy- not giblets, just turkey gravy
Mashed Potatoes- with lots of butter
Yams with marshmallows- the traditional way
Fried Plantains- caramelized and gooey
Black Beans- an old family recipe
White Rice- must have for under the beans
Green Bean Casserole- the traditional way on the fried onion can
Lime Holiday Jello- with pineapple, carrots and walnuts
Homemade Rolls- with lots of butter
Pecan Pie- with whipped cream
Pumpkin Pie- with more whipped cream
Guava Paste, Cuban Crackers & Swiss Cheese- really the only dessert we need
I'm full just writing it all down!
I hope you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving week!