…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.
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.
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.
Meet the cast: Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (Can be made 2 days in advance; I’m serving them as a stand-up appetizer in snifters; and omitting the chipotle and cumin) Marinated Shrimp (Everyone loves these for an appetizer, and they may be made a day in advance). Wild Rice Stuffing with Sausage & Fennel (my son would be devastated if I left this one out; may be made the day ahead), Roast Turkey with Lemons & Sage Butter, Cranberry Orange Relish (can be made up to 4 days in advance), Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole, Roasted Brussels Sprouts (I’ll omit the chanterelle sauce; and I’ve only one oven so I roast them after pulling out the turkey) and finally, Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (this gives my daughter a mission when she arrives on Saturday.)