We’re keeping this Thanksgiving celebration low-key. My mother will be in town from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning so with her, I’m feeding a grand total of 3 adults. I’ve worried over and over about what we should prepare for our meal. Here’s what I’ve designed:
Turkey-free Thanksgiving Dinner
- Pork Chops, seared then cooked in the slow-cooker with apples, brown sugar, peppercorns, spices.
- Corn bread, possibly with cranberries stirred in. I like Jiffy Corn Muffin mix for this; you should too.
- Fresh “classic” cranberry sauce. That’s right: just sugar, water and cranberries.
- Green bean casserole with frozen beans, bacon, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, generic condensed mushroom soup and the ever present fried onions in a can.
- Roasted and whipped sweet potatoes – my secret is ground ginger and nutmeg with the basic honey, butter, milk/cream, salt and pepper.
- Cranberry-Pomegranate Terrine (basically a gelatin mold with nuts and fruit) modified from this recipe on foodnetwork.com. I believe this is supposed to be more of a side dish but I’m going to go a bit sweeter and play a bit loose with the ingredients and make it a dessert.
My husband was a little disappointed hearing that we were not going with a “traditional” Turkey dinner like the ones he’s had “all his life” (and we prepared Thanksgiving ’07). Okay, to be perfectly honest, he was shocked and appalled when I broke it to him over lunch yesterday. I thought I had told him beforehand… Luckily, we went to a dinner party last night to have a turkey dinner amongst friends – the hostess even set out supplies to make “apple turkeys” and feather headbands. It was fun and he got his fix: crisis avoided. My lesson from this: include him more in meal decisions for celebrations like this so that he is not surprised or hurt.
Do you always have the “classic” turkey-dressing-cranberry sauce-veggies-rolls dinner? Do you have your own traditional menu that you follow everytime or do you make something different every Thanksgiving?