I love Thanksgiving and I love Thanksgiving food. I love planning the food, I love preparing the food, and I love eating the food. And I love eating it again. And again. And again. I’m not a fan of experimenting at Thanksgiving. I have my tried and true favorite and I might try one new dish a year, but for the most part, I stick to my favorites. Here are a few of my Thanksgiving favorite dishes:
Honey and Spice Cranberry Sauce – I am a firm believer that cranberry sauce should never come from a can. From scratch is the only way for me, thank you. I’ve been using this recipe for years. It’s simple, easy, and delicious. Nice and tart with just a touch of sweetness to balance the tart.
Parker House Rolls – I confess: I have a fear of yeast. I have a fantasies of being a boulanger but the truth is I don’t understand yeast and I don’t really understand flour all that well either (chemistry was always my least favorite class). So, while I love homemade breads, my success with making them myself has been hit or miss. But this recipe always falls into the category of hit. And if I do say so myself, they come out perfect every time (except for the time I forgot to take them out of the oven – multitasking in the kitchen has never been my strong suit). They’re soft and fluffy – perfect for sopping up puddles of gravy or cranberry sauce.
Turkey – I make a damn good turkey. I’ve tried so many fancy-schmancy recipes for turkey over the years, but I always come back to the same old basic method. I prefer my turkeys to be minimalist in flavor so the flavors blend well with all of the other flavors on the Thanksgiving table. First, I massage it with olive oil, then with salt and pepper, I cover it with cheesecloth and into the oven it goes. I use Martha Stewart’s method of tossing a stick of butter in a sauce pan with an ample helping of white wine, and then keep it simmering, to use for basting the turkey every half hour.
These are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving things. What are your Thanksgiving favorites?