Let's see those Thanksgiving menus and recipes

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Let's see those Thanksgiving menus and recipes
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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 3:16pm

Even if you aren't hosting, we wanna see your recipes. Maybe it's what you would serve, or what you take along with you. Maybe it's really all on you to make the entire meal. Maybe it's just recipes you've seen and keep meaning to try. I really, really need a good dressing recipe (it won't go in the bird, but be baked along side in another dish). I have a family stuffing recipe that I love, but some of the ingredients disagree with some family members, and some just don't like it. I'll keep stuffing my bird with it, but I always make a second dressing, too. I'm not making Stovetop, so I need some help, because everything I've tried so far sucks!

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Here is our Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey--following directions on the Reynold's oven bag has served me well for years.

Ham--Cooking it in my roaster oven following package directions ( don't usually serve ham too, but the free turkey my MIL is bringing is small)

Gravy-Make ahead Turkey gravy http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Make-Ahead-Turkey-Gravy/Detail.aspx

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ILs normally host Thanksgiving and they will be out of town and DH's one brother opted to stay home so it will just be the 6 of us and DH's other brother.

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We are going to our church's potluck meal Sunday and a community meal on Thursday.

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Lots of empty places at the table this year...it will just be my brother and his family and the four of us.

Turkey

Stovetop -what can I say, we like it :-D

Cheesy taters http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Cheesy-Mashed-Potatoes

Green beans

Macaroni and cheese

Cranberry sauce

Watergate salad

Rolls

Pumpkin pie

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thanks for the recipes, too! I'm gonna try those potato rolls. Seems easy enough to make ahead a few days.
My Menu is about the same as everyone else's. I killed the green salad many years ago. Seemed like it was the first thing to hit the table, then everyone grabbed a bit of this and that off the top, and no one really wanted salad with dinner. So now, it's been replaced by a huge veggie tray. The veggies are prepped a couple of days in advance, then the tray is put together as soon as the bird goes in the oven. Makes for great, healthy snacking before dinner and gets those veggies in everyone.

My turkey will use the baking bag recipe same as you. I do stuff my bird and rub it with butter and sprinkle salt inside.

My stuffing is an old family recipe. It starts with French meat (recipe to follow) then is basically bread cubes, celery, onion, seasoning, butter and broth, all tossed together. In the bird, I put a handful of bread mix, then a couple of spoonfuls of meat, alternating until it's full.

Mashed potatoes, peeled, cubed, boiled until mashable, then milk, butter, salt and pepper.

Gravy is done with last years bird usually, and any other poultry bones in the freezer. I make stock up to a week ahead and make pan gravy with the turkey drippings and the stock. I shake cold stock together with some flour then add as the thickener. Salt and pepper to taste.

Yams are from a can. Drained, with butter or marg, a couple handfuls of brown sugar, a big handful of chopped walnuts. When they are almost done, marshmallows go on top until melted and maybe browned.

rolls are usually store bought, served with butter and margarine, because some like one and some like the other.

Cranberry sauce is usually out of a can, and sliced into disks. This year, I'm gonna try this recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/spicy-cranberry-chutney-recipe/index.html but I'll leave out the jalapenos. I don't like cranberry sauce, so if this gets good reviews, I'll use it again. If not, I'll go back to the can.

I also make all my pies. I make apple from betty crocker, pecan secret family recipe, chocolate cream, pumpkin tartlets (recipe to follow when I find it), and any other pie requests. I make all my own crusts.

I serve wine and juice and water. The entire meal falls on me every year. I feed who ever wants to show up and expect my guests to bring nothing. Sometimes, they do, sometimes, they don't. Either way doesn't matter to me. Most years, I have 10-13 people. This year, I'll have 8 or so, as my kids will be gone to their dads. I'll start making broth and pies early next week, maybe even this weekend, so it's done. It's COLD here, so I'll store the pies on the back deck, where they will probably freeze, but it's ok, they thaw and eat just fine!
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I'm doing a Thanksgiving breakfast here for my in-laws. I'm serving 3 different make-ahead egg casseroles, fresh fruit and variety of quick breads. If anyone is interested in the egg casserole recipes, let me know & I'll post them.

As for the dinner, we're going to my mom's. I don't have to bring anything for the meal. But I am making a cookie cake I saw in Family Fun magazine. It's baked in a pie plate and decorated to look like a pumpkin pie. Some of my kids and my nieces don't care for pie, so it's an alternative dessert for them.

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I love the alternative pie idea, one of my kids doesn't like pie, so maybe I'll try that, too.

Please do post your egg recipes. I like to do stuff like that from time to time, but don't have a recipe anyone loves yet! Oh, and quick bread recipes, too!
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I'll post them down in the recipe folder. Might take me a couple days to get them all posted.
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About the cookie cake thing---I'm planning to make up my choc. chip cookie recipe. I'll bake part of it in a 9" pie plate, brining it up around the sides of the pie plate and pinching to make it look like a crust edge. I'll frost w/homemade butter cream frosting, tinted orange.

In Family Fun, they used part of a roll of that refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Rolled it out and put it into a pie plate. Frosted w/orange frosting (I'm assuming storebought that they tinted). For the crust, they used pecans around the top edge after frosted.

My family doesn't like pecans, so forget that expense. Plus they'd prefer choc. chip cookie cake vs. the sugar cookie. So I'll be experimenting w/my own design, lol!
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I seen water gate salad in ages.