Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Thanksgiving Menu

My shopping for the Thanksgiving meal is complete! I had the dubious distinction of being the morning's high total for my cashier at Trader Joe's. We do love a good feast around here (and leftovers!).
Friends are bringing the mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, and we'll also serve Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels (of course!) and Apple Pie Cider. We'll have olives, cornichons, cheeses and crackers, Spinach-Artichoke Dip, carrots, celery and radishes to nibble while we finish cooking. Below is the rest of our menu, complete with links to the recipes should something strike your fancy. 
Roast Turkey: We're going with a simple version this year, roasted with onion, celery, butter and whatever else sounds good.
Polenta and Sausage Dressing:  Most of the work for this favorite from Gourmet can be done the day before. Because of food sensitivities, we'll be using our own pork sausage.
Classic Green Bean Casserole: We love this from-scratch version from the November 2006 issue of Cook's Illustrated, not the least because the components can be made ahead of time. (Note: You need a membership to the Web site to access the recipe.)
Roasted Acorn Squash Salad: We are going to make this with butternut and goat cheese this time. (More on my love for this dish here.)
Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Orange: Another Gourmet recipe that is becoming a new tradition for our house (I really miss that magazine!).
Spiced Apple-Cranberry Pie: Little Man requested this after seeing a photo. He has good taste.
Pumpkin Pie: Miss C has been waiting and waiting for this. I usually make the recipe on the back of the can, but this year I'm going to make the filling according to this recipe from Bon App├ętit.
White Chocolate Cranberry-Almond Clusters: I will be making these using the method for the Dark Chocolate Cherry-Pepita Clusters. They would be great with pistachios or pecans, too.
Looking forward to the cooking and the baking and the feasting, and the wonderful day spent with friends and my little family. I love Thanksgiving!