Thanksgiving snuck up on me again this year - it’s just over two weeks away, and I haven’t started planning yet! I do have a preliminary guest list that includes four adults and two children, plus DH and me, but there may be additional invitees. At least two of the guests are excellent cooks so I anticipate they will want to contribute - in fact one already offered to bring an Israeli salad and a chocolate cherry trifle dessert, so those will be added to the standard menu, which includes sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce and apple and pumpkin pie. These items are non-negotiable.
However, vegetable sides and the turkey itself are always up in the air! The last few years I have made sous vide turkey thigh roulades with a prune, chestnut and gruyere stuffing because we didn’t have many white meat eaters, but since we have a larger group this year I may do a full bird. I often wind up doing simple roasted Brussels for a vegetable side, but honestly very few of them get eaten - we probably have them once a week in season anyway, and there are just too many tasty carbs on the table to want to bother with vegetables. What new and interesting vegetable recipes have you read (or invented) lately? I did a spicy butternut squash soup one year that was actually a big hit, and made for a nice addition to the leftovers as well - maybe it’s time to bring that back.
Looking forward to reading your menus!