Thanksgiving dinner. Could there be any other meal in United States households that is more anticipated? Perhaps Easter and Christmas are close behind, but for Thanksgiving, gathering around the table with family for some good home cooked food has been widely commercialized for years, tradition for decades, and part of most American’s social fabric. Gathering with our family and friends around a table full of delicacies, casseroles and of course the turkey, is part of what makes the holiday season so special for so many of us these days.
Many of us start to plan our Thanksgiving meals well in advance for 23rd of November. Decorating for the Christmas season might be last on the list of things to do – except for perhaps putting up the Christmas tree. We’ll start cleaning our vegetables and even perhaps the chitterlings (not me though, I don’t eat that stuff, lol) days before. The smell of warm apple and sweet potato pies, glazed ham and fried chicken is definitely a temptation to be had! So, if you’re family is like mine and is planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, what items are your menu must-haves?
Start with a Turkey. This choice of meat is a staple for Thanksgiving and what is the holiday without it? Usually my family will also have honey glazed ham and meatloaf, or even fried fish or chicken for other options as well, what about yours? I have been looking online for different ways to prepare this bird other than the traditional baking though. In my opinion, baked turkey can get boring year after year! A lot of people like to deep fry their turkeys, and I have to admit, it’s pretty tasty that way. I have to tell you though, recently stumbled upon some recipes for bacon wrapped turkey on Pinterest, and although I am already sold on the idea, many others in my family are not.
Now, when it comes to side dishes, the choices can be quite overwhelming, but Thanksgiving is SUPPOSED to be overwhelming, am I right!? Buttered mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, collard or mixed greens, and of course a nice tossed salad are all very delicious options. Cranberry sauce is almost an necessity, as is candied yams, a good turkey gravy and cornbread dressing as well.
For an early lunch, we usually consider baking a pizza in the oven that family and visitors can eat throughout the day. This is fast and simple to prepare with a very easy clean up – something that will allow you to keep busy in the kitchen adding the finishing touches on your dishes for dinner later that day!
For dessert, sweet potato pie is an absolute must with my family. A good pound or coconut cake, various fruit pies and also pumpkin pies are quite popular in other households as well.
If you’re going to be doing most of the cooking, try to start early so that you can enjoy the day as well. Your cakes, pies, and other sweets can definitely be made ahead of time. When it comes to our vegetables, we usually cook them the day before and then heat them on the stove right before the meal is to start.
No ideas on what to fix for yourself or for others? A quick visit to pinterest will give you plenty of ideas! Just search for “Thanksgiving recipes” and you will find plenty of easy and delicious recipes. Feel free to also browse Notyouraveragetenille.com for recipe ideas as well! Also, my favorite go to BLOG for food would have to be IHeartRecipes.com. Just check out Rosie’s blog for yourself, it’s awesome!
So what’s on your menu for this Thanksgiving? Will you be cooking or eating out? Drop a line below and let me know 🙂
Again, thanks for reading and I pray that you all have a great Thanksgiving!