Thanksgiving Menu Favorites

Thanksgiving is almost here and for many of you it is a struggle every year.  I use almost the identical menu each year which not only makes purchasing for dinner easy but I know that my recipes are tried and true and will be loved by all. This is my traditional Thanksgiving menu and the recipes that make it so special.

Deep Fried Turkey
Deep Fried Smoked Turkey – This is the same as my regular fried turkey recipe just using a smoked turkey.

Sage Turkey Dressing – This is the most popular side.
Sweet Potato Casserole With Praline Topping – I don’t need pie after eating this! Yumm

Mashed Potatoes
Giblet Cream Gravy
Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts
Cranberry & Mandarin Orange blend – A can of whole cranberries and a can of Mandarin oranges mixed together and chilled.
Lion House Rolls

Pecan Pie
Sour Cream Apple Pie

Hot Mulled Cider – This is a must for all my holiday get-togethers

I have the preparation of this meal down to a science after making it for 10 years. I bake all the pies the day before and I also make my turkey stock the day before. The turkeys need to be placed in their brine the day before also so that gives me access to my giblets for the stock. Once the stock is made I separate out the meat and giblets and refrigerate everything. I almost forgot about baking my sweet potatoes. I have tried boiling them and I don’t think the end recipe has the same flavor or texture. I bake the sweet potatoes then skin them and throw them in the refrigerator until the next day. That leaves throwing together the sides on Thanksgiving morning and popping them in the oven just before you fry your turkeys. I can almost relax as long as I have my recipe check list on hand to see what has been done and what needs to be done. If I don’t keep my checklist with my silly things like forgetting the rolls or mashed potatoes tend to happen.

My suggests to make Thanksgiving a no stress day for you is –
1. Plan your menu well in advance
2. Use tried and true recipes
3. Make a list of what needs to be done
4. Start the day before and do all the preparation you can
5. Sit back and enjoy your dinner

Enjoy Life!
Candie

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