Greg and I didn’t go to Atlanta this year for Thanksgiving like we normally do because we were there in October for the wedding, so we decided to have a newlyweds Thanksgiving with just the two of us this year. We were excited to use our new china and tablecloth, and I got to try out a few new dishes. Here’s a list of what we had:
Brined turkey with white wine gravy (I forgot to take a picture of the whole roasted turkey, but it looked pretty typical): we used Williams Sonoma brine mix and mostly followed this Emeril recipe, with the following differences: 1) I put some rosemary and thyme in the butter I rubbed on the outside of the turkey before baking; 2) I put onion, herbs, and apple in the cavity; 3) I started off the cooking at 425 degrees for 30 minutes with the turkey breast-down, then turned it over and cooked it at 325 for the rest of the time (till the a thermometer in the breast hit 161F). It browned nicely and the meat was very flavorful and moist. Cooking at a high temperature breast-down for a while supposedly helps the juices get into the breast meat and gets the legs cooking so they’re done at the same time as the breast meat. 4) I cut the gravy recipe in half, which was still plenty.
Sweet potato casserole: a classic – not much to say!
Green bean casserole: another classic I insisted on 🙂
Sweet corn bread pudding: we both loved this, and I’ll probably make it again next year. It was similar to cornbread stuffing, but moister.
Cranberry sauce: a variation of the recipe on the bag of cranberries but with the addition of orange zest and juice. Nice and not too sweet.
Caramel pumpkin pie with almond streusel: I was excited to try this recipe from my current favorite cookbook, but I have to say I was a little disappointed — it was good, but the combination of caramel and pumpkin sort of dampened both flavors, such that it just tasted sweet without a distinct taste. I’ll probably go with regular pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie next year. (And yes, I used a frozen pie crust this time — I already had too much to do!)
Nevertheless, it was gone by Friday night 🙂
Finally, we enjoyed some hot apple cider with rum after dessert, which was great on a cold night.