…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving is the only way we can get everyone under one roof.
I make my own stock with turkey wings, necks and legs available at many groceries a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving. To save time, your gravy will be fine using pre-made turkey or chicken stock.
So I’ve made my plan of attack, and it begins with gravy – the importance of which can never be underestimated. It lends moisture and flavor to turkey (which, if mishandled, can be bland and dry) and imagine a bowl of fluffy white mashed potatoes without a gravy boat by their side. I tell you what they’d be: shamefully naked – disgraced.
I always make my gravy several days in advance; there’s entirely too much action involved getting the food on the table to make a last minute gravy. So I make this base several days in advance, then stir in turkey drippings at the last minute. Sautéed mushrooms and/or giblets are another tasty niblets you may add.
Roast Turkey with Lemons and Sage Butter
Here are the other recipes I’ve inserted into my Turkey-Day Count-Down spreadsheet; click the gold Holiday Cookbook ball icon (on your right and up) for a plethora of well-tested recipes, I’ve made through the years, some which can be made in minutes.
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
Deviled Eggs (aka: Stuffed Eggs) have taken on star-status in the past few years. No more are a plate of these rich and tantalizing mortals content to find themselves nestled up to a Maraschino Cherry Jello Mold on a boomerang-patterned formica counter. For good reason. Stuffed eggs are a great canvas for a variety of flavors. A perusal through the web … Full recipe post »
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