A co-worker and I were having a conversation about our plans for the holiday today at lunch and I was surprised to hear that his family hasn’t made any firm plans for their thanksgiving meal. My OCD family and I have a pretty firm routine going. Our menu rarely varies by more than a dish or two and we all know which dishes are mandatory, which are optional and who’s responsible for getting them on the table.
We’re a complicated family. We require both turkey and ham at Thanksgiving. The ham is just a plain, spiral sliced ham and the turkey (breasts) are cooked in my slow cooker with butter and wine. Yes, I make wine gravy too. It’s pretty amazing.
Turkey can’t be without stuffing, or in our case, dressing (that’s what Southern people call it when it’s made in a pan rather than in the bird.) We have a traditional sage cornbread dressing that my sister makes from scratch. It’s delicious on its own, but hit it with a little of the wine gravy and yum!
Our required sides are broccoli casserole, homemade macaroni & cheese, deviled eggs, and cranberry sauce. Given the time and able bodies, we usually end up with my potato salad, sweet potato casserole and some green beans too. We all show up with random munchies to stave off hunger while we get everything ready for lunch. My favorites are crackers with dips and these amazing spiced pecans.
No holiday is complete without my apple pie. The pie has caused such a problem that I have to bake multiple pies so that everyone can not only eat some at lunch, but also take some home for later!
All of this, in addition to making me crazy hungry, has made me wonder what you all have for Thanksgiving at your house? Are you a two-meat family too, or just the traditional turkey? Maybe you do something different all together. If you have some unique sides or desserts to share, share the recipes!