This year, Thanksgiving is so nutty (in a good way), that I actually (nerd alert!) shared a google doc with the family to help with menu planning. This is an extra-special Thanksgiving here in the San Francisco Bay Area because our beloved 49ers will be playing Thanksgiving eve, about the time we usually have our dinner. Turkey and 49er football—according to many members of my family, it just doesn't get any better.
This year, for the first time in probably 20 years, I won't be making the turkey (my mom will be roasting an almost-24 lb. organic bird), but that's okay. More room in the oven for the side dishes, what Thanksgiving is all about for me! Also this year, there is no dungeness crab available due to a pricing dispute. We're having to improvise with canned crab for some recipes and won't be having our usual pre-Thanksgiving crab dinner. BOO!
Here is what we'll have on our table and who is making it:
Thanksgiving Menu 2011
- Crab-Artichoke Dip (my sister)
- Tuna Mousse (my sister)
- Cheeses from Artisanal (Tata) with fruit from my CSA delivery—I had a sneak taste of the cheese and OMGYUM.
- Champagne or vodka martinis (duh!)
- Roast turkey (Tata)
- Traditional Stuffing (Tata)
- Sausage-Oyster Dressing (me)
- Mashed Potatoes (my sister)
- Sweet Potatoes (my sister)
- Gravy (me)
- Roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta and red grapes (me, adapted from this recipe)
- Chestnut, leek, pearl onion, and fennel confit (me, adapted from the recipe included here-scroll down a bit)
- Baked butternut squash "stuffed" with rainbow chard (going to wing this with produce from the CSA)
- Fresh cranberry sauce (me)
- Canned cranberry sauce (because the kids love it, and let's face it, so does everyone else)
- Avocado Mold (Tata)
- Pinor Noir, Rosé (maybe bubbly? Okay!)
- Pumpkin Pie with fresh whipped cream (Tata and my niece)
- Port and, okay, maybe a little more champagne
If you are still hunting around for the perfect veggie side dish to complement your Thanksgiving or holiday meal, look no further than the recipes included here. These are two CItyMama posts from years' past that I still refer to every fall and winter.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to my (American) readers and their families, and continued gratitude and thank to all my readers no matter where you are!