It will be just our little family of four for Thanksgiving this year. We are still having the whole feast though, just on a smaller scale!
Our menu will feature:
Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Sweet potato biscuits
I've ordered a natural, free-range turkey from the local butcher shop. I'm hoping it will be good! I season the bird liberally both inside and outside with salt and pepper then stuff the cavity with an onion (quartered), apple (halved), carrot and rib of celery. This leads to more flavorful drippings which I use in the dressing and gravy.
I haven't yet mastered cornbread dressing. This is the year I hope to do that!! I can never quite get the sage and poultry seasoning balanced. And it always seems a little dry. I've been collecting a variety of recipes and will be testing some of the tricks mentioned including a grated onion, crumbled biscuits and a little melted butter. Hopefully I will have success.
I use this recipe from Everyday Food for Sweet Potato biscuits.
The green beans with garlic and pine nuts will be a change this year. I usually make green beans with garlic and sweet red peppers, but I found a recipe for Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts that I'm going to try this year.
I will use my grandmother's traditional cranberry/orange relish recipe, which I need to track down!
My pecan pie recipe was my other grandmother's. It is super delicious. Her secret is a couple drops of almond extract!
My mouth is watering just thinking about next Thursday!