Post # 1
I have 9 people coming to Thanksgiving, plus a 4 year-old. We are all BIG eaters and even bigger drinkers in my family. I am probably the worst cook ever…but this is all within my scope of things I can do!…I think…and I just really want to impress!!!
Appetizers, being served at 10:30 AM:
- Chipotle garlic sausage, chicken apple sausage, and pineapple sausage cooked in a skillet and served chopped up.
- Baked Brie, prepared with apricot jam and covered in a pastry coating.
Dinner, being served around 05:00 PM:
- Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy of course.
- Garlic mashed potatoes.
- A bread or bun or biscuit of some sort. (Recommendations?)
- Grilled veggies (asparagus, carrots, red pepper, red onion, and maybe squash?)
- Skillet bacon mac and cheese.
- I was thinking 4 six packs of interesting beers (possibly local?) and an 18 pack of our usual.
- 2 kinds of hard alcohol…I was thinking jack and coke, and maybe cranberry juice with vodka?
- Apple cider for the kid.
- Homemade pecan pie (mother’s request…how hard is it? I’ve never done it before…)
- Cookies- sugar and chocolate chip.
Share your favorite recipes for any of these items… Is this too much? Darling Husband is out of town until Thursday and family is coming in on Wednesday night…I’m started to feel very overwhelmed, but super excited! I like to impress, but I think it MAY be overboard….which I’m okay with…I think. I always get tupperwares for people to take leftovers home with them. Oh, forgot to mention I am doing breakfast the next morning too! Bacon, sausage, eggs and possibly waffles?
What things am I not thinking about?!
Post # 3
I think you can forego the mac and cheese at dinner. Seems like a lot of food and that’s probably the least traditional item of your menu.
Post # 4
Sounds great. I would add a sweet potato dish.
Post # 5
I think I’m missing something. Appetizers at 10:30am?
Post # 6
My only addition would be cranberry sauce, but I’m particular like that! It all sounds fantastic.
Post # 7
I think that sounds great! Definitely not overboard.
Post # 8
I think your menu sounds just fine. Although, for me, I would be disappointed not to see sweet potatoes on the menu 🙁
Post # 9
I would do sweet potatoes or green bean casserole in place of the mac and cheese, but I’m a big fan of those two 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Uh, if I’m invited, I will help you! :-p Sounds delicious but it is a lot of food. Are all of your guests staying at your house (just wondering because the appetizers sound like they’re a little early in the day). I haven’t tried this recipe for rolls yet but I’ll be making them for Fiance when he comes home from deployment (Better Homes and Gardens’ Cheesy Garlic Rolls http://www.bhg.com/recipe/vegetables/cheesy-garlic-rolls/).
Post # 11
@peaches13: she’s got it listed with the turkey, I missed it the first time around too 🙂
Post # 12
@hisgoosiegirl: This! Replace the mac and cheese for sweet potatoes! Everything else sounds lovely!
Post # 13
@PinkAndPearls2013: That’s what I was questioning also… But Darling Husband really wants mac and cheese. I’m making it like, grown up style because it’s in a skillet and home made… But I still feel weird about it. Too weird?
@julies1949: Haha yeah a little early… I want them to have 6 hours to digest before dinner! Too early? We did it at 11 last year and I was still full by dinner. We would probably munch on them until about 2-230 PM.
@peaches13: Added! =) Thanks! It’s DEFINITELY a requirement in my family.
@MrsWishyWashy: && @WendyS328: I LOVE sweet potatoes too…but Darling Husband thinks it is redudent to have mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes? What do you think? My fam has had a yams-style dish probably….four times in my 20+ thanksgivings, so it’s not a staple, but it would be eaten…But is it hard to do?
Post # 14
Listen, Chuck, my family does huge meals for guests at the minimum of once per week and even on Thanksgiving we FREAK OUT about how much food to make. Just this past weekend I made a four course meal consisting of a salad with fruit in it, fish, soup, asian burgers, jalapeno dip, caramelized shallots, potato dish, green beans with garlic sauce and mango… And I did all of that on a Thursday night. And even while that meal was being consumed and I was disucssing the Thanksgiving meal with my family, we were discussing how just because it’s Thanksgiving we truly feel the need to cook so much that eyes pop out of heads! It’s unreal!
Your menu sounds lovely and I may steal a few things.
Post # 15
sweet potatoes are pretty easy, both Darling Husband and my family usually do both. The timing seems different to me, as we’d probably do appetizers at like 11am and dinner at 12:30 noon…..6 hours is a long time to me, but if that’s what you’re all familiar with, then I would go with that.
Post # 16
@ChuckNorris: Well mac and cheese is my all time favorite food so it’s a tough question lol but you could always offer to make it for him later. I just think you are going to have a lot of leftovers! it’s hard to judge how much is too much sometimes