Making plans for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2008

Brussels Sprouts

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I have a shameful secret to share with you.  (Don’t tell anyone, OK?)

I have never prepared a Thanksgiving dinner.

In my adult (not living with my parents or my grandmother) life, I have had two husbands.  Both of them had family here in town and holidays were with them.  I have assisted and I have brought dishes, but I have never done the full meal deal.

Well, this year it all changes.  My son will be with us for the first time in years and I am going to dive into making this hallowed meal.

I have been doing research and have gathered some ideas.  If any of you veterans have tips and suggestions for me, send them on over.

We have a theme:  A Very Bacon Thanksgiving.  (No.  You can’t talk me out of it.)  Pictures and recipes will, of course, be available here after the event (with notes on the success, failure and lessons learned from this task!)

I have ordered a fresh, local, 10-12 pound turkey from Tacoma Boys (just four of us for dinner) and will be prepping it with an apple cider brine recipe I used on a chicken earlier this year that was delicious.  I will be making a compound butter with bacon & herbs that will be shoved under and over the skin.

Cornbread Stuffing/Dressing (with bacon and apples) will be made in a casserole dish, not in the bird (which will be stuffed with aromatics.)

Brussels Sprouts (requested by the daughter) will be steamed until al dente, then drained and tossed in a skillet of bacon drippings and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Mashed Potatoes will be made the day before (using my pressure cooker) and mixed with cream cheese.  Bacon and chives will be sprinkled over the top before serving.

Dinner rolls will be baked and brushed with melted butter tinged with a drop of bacon drippings. (Or sprinkled with bacon salt.  This is still up in the air.)

Dessert is also still up in the air.  We might do a pumpkin cheesecake, or I might do a cinnamon apple cobbler.  (We aren’t big sweets-eaters at my house.)

So, what do you think?

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6 Responses to “Making plans for Thanksgiving”

  1. Brined turkeys rock!

    Other bacon goodness:

    — Bacon chocolate bark.
    — Lil’ smokies wrapped in bacon.
    — Cream-cheese stuffed jalepenos wrapped in bacon
    — Salad with bits of bacon in it (I think many broccoli salads use the bacon …)
    — Bacon guacamole (mmm mmm)
    — I’ve also made bacon spaghetti sauce, but that’s not so much for Thanksgiving

    I’m sure I’m forgetting many yummy others …

  2. Aura Mae Says:

    I am all over the lil’ smokies and the guacamole! Thanks!

  3. Saucy Fig Says:

    All of it sounds delicious, with maybe the exception of the Brussels sprouts, but with bacon and parmesan cheese I could be turned.
    For your dessert I vote cinnamon apple cobbler to keep it consistent. I think you have a bacon AND apple theme.

  4. Aura Mae Says:

    I see your point. Apples it is!

  5. Angela Says:

    I am 37 and this year was the very first time I made a turkey dinner for (Canadian)thanksgiving. It turned out fabulous-after 7 hours in the kitchen 🙂

    I have heard of bacon wrapped turkey but never considered a bacon theme 😉 FUN!!!!

  6. jessee skittrall Says:

    ok I am totally with your daughter on the Brussel sprouts almost aldente is perfect! Save me some!

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