Post # 1
First, we aren’t doing a traditional turkey. DH is on some no-turkey kick and so we are having ham and one or two chicken pot pies as our mains. We are feeding 10 people in total – two don’t eat pork or beef.
For sides I am definitely doing
-garlic and goat cheese mashed potatoes
-some sort of sweet potato dish (going to try out a chipotle sweet potato recipe and see if it’s any good). I’m not crazy about super sugary sweet potato dishes and would welcome any recipes for this!
and the rest is up in the air, but, here’s what I’m thinking:
-brussel sprout hash with carmalized shallots
-roasted asapargus maybe with mushrooms on top?
-roasted cauliflower with garlic
-spinach gratin (overkill)??
-homemade dinner rolls (need to play with this recipe – if anyone has one they love, I’m all ears!)
What am I missing? I wasn’t going to do stuffing, because I figured I had enough starch with the potatoes and the crust from the pot pies….
Post # 3
I don’t really like stuffing with ham… It’s just a weird combination to me.
Otherwise, the rest of your sides sound great! You’ll definitely have plenty of food. 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
Garlic and goat cheese mashed potatoes? YUMM! (: It all sounds really good!
Post # 5
@sugarpea: they are seriously to die for. It also has basil in it – which is the secret weapon, IMO!
This is the recipe, if anyone is interested: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mashed-Yukon-Gold-Potatoes-with-Goat-Cheese-and-Basil-5156
Post # 6
@Mrs. Spring: that’s a really good point! What do you think of the spinach gratin? Think it’s too much? I was also thinking about doing a spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer – and if I do that, then I’d definitely skip the gratin…..
Post # 7
The only thing that sounds a little scary to me is the chipotle sweet potato dish… not sure I would like those two flavors together. Otherwise, your entire menu sound utterly DELISH! 🙂
Post # 8
@brideatbeach: I know – it’s super scary to me too. I read about it on a food board and everyone was raving about it…. I plan to test it out pre-meal to see if it’s worth all the fuss. If not, I may just do a simple roast sweet potato type dish.
Post # 9
The only thing I wouldn’t be wild about is the brussel sprouts, but that’s just personal preference for me. Everything else sounds amazing…especially the mashed potatoes and chipoltle sweet potatoes…I’ve found that spice goes very well with the sweetness of the potatoes.
This is a recipe for the rolls I’m making. I did a test run last week, and they came out really well. The only quirk is that the recipe claims to make 16 rolls, but I ended up with 24 cupcake-sized rolls. I’m going to split the recipe in two, and make smaller rolls in two different pans. They didn’t hold up after 3 or so days, but they reheat very well the second day. I also only put the onion in half the batch, and the ones without were almost as good.
Post # 10
Oh oh oh! Are you going to do a dessert one? I’m on a HUGE dessert kick. As in, I’m about to go make cupcakes, and cookies and mousse. And my cookies are chocolate chip, peanut butter blossom, sugar and m&m’s!
Post # 11
I make chipotle and sweet potato combos all the time from chipotle chili with sweet potato to spicy chipotle powder oven sweet potato fries. Its a killer combo
I LOVE brussels, so always a fan of those.
As long as here are some lighter veggie dishes in addition to the gratin, you are good to go.
I think I may try that goat cheese potato recipe!
Post # 12
@oracle: I made chiptole sweet potatoes a few years ago at Christmas and they were sooo good! I did it as a mash with chopped up peppers and it worked really well – something about the sweet and spicy combo that works. I’ve also done roasted sweet potatoes with chipotle chili powder on them… deelish!
Everything else sounds really good! I notice you have a few different roasted veggies on your list – what about combining them into one dish? Brussel sprouts roast up really nice. You could do roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts and asparagus with balsamic and parmesan… so good!
Post # 13
By The Way… I’m kind of jealous reading about everyone’s Thanksgiving plans! Canadian Thanksgiving was over a month ago and now I have to wait until Christmas for the next big feast. Enjoy!!
Post # 14
@oracle: DH and I are making our spinach and artichoke dip to take to Thanksgiving dinner. I’m going to make it ahead of time and get a round loaf or two of bread to make bread bowls to put it in once we arrive. I am thinking about pita chips to go on the side. I think that would make a great appetizer, and you could skip the gratin.
What about a side of fruity something? Like a fruit salad or ambrosia or something?
Post # 15
I said roasted asparagus and cauliflower, dinner rolls and garlic mashed potatoes. I also said other because if it were me I would love to see stuffing – it isn’t THanksgiving without stuffing to me!
Post # 16
since you’re definitely doing the mashed potatoes and the sweet potatoes, i would do something green. i love brussel sprouts — especially roasted. i also love asparagus. i think they look so pretty wrapped with prosciutto but since there are folks who do not eat pork, steamed or roasted would be yummy too. i will eat cauliflower but i’m not crazy about it. the spinach gratin will probably be too heavy.
my typical thanksgiving meal consists of: turkey, ham, yukon gold mashed potatoes (i like my taters pretty plain with just cream, butter, salt, and pepper), raw cranberry relish, maple sweet potato puree, green bean casserole (because several people have to always have it — i never touch the stuff), some other green veggie (asparagus, brussel sprouts, or sugar snap peas), parker house rolls or pan de sal rolls, brown and serve rolls (it’s not thanksgiving without it), corn pudding, sausage stuffing, glazed butternut squash with dried cranberries and pecans (a recipe i developed in culinary school, pumpkin pie, apple pie, bourbon pumpkin cheesecake, pommes dauphinoise (fancy scalloped potatoes).
many of these recipes have been gathered over the years — either the hostess made it or someone brought it over to my place for thanksgiving. i’ve passed several of my recipes to friends and the recipes have now become a tradition in their thanksgiving meal. this year i won’t be in town, but a good friend will be making my raw cranberry relish to take to another friend’s house.
here’s a picture of my pan de sal rolls. let me know if you want the recipe.
here are the parker house rolls. let me know if you want the recipe.