This year our family will not be hosting Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending it with my in-laws in the Bay Area, but if I were to host it, this is what would have at my Thanksgiving table.
For table settings, I like to make it simple and sweet, with a touch of elegance. This time of year is one of the only opportunities I really get to have fun with table settings for large crowds. I love collecting napkin holders, cloth napkins, place mats and chargers for this very reason. It makes sitting down and eating a meal feel extra special.
Something as simple as decorating each place setting with a fresh apple, pear, mini pumpkin, or you can even get crafty and make a holiday popper, like I did hear a couple of years back. You can also tie name tags to the stems of each fruit, if you want to get all fancy-pantsy.
When we host Thanksgiving, I usually prepare a fresh turkey, stuff it with fresh herbs like oregano, rosemary and sage and give it a good rub with olive oil and salt. Last year we splurged and got a smoked turducken. It was pretty amazing, but I doubt I would ever attempt making one of my own at home. Below is a list of my favorite sides for Thanksgiving.
Grandma’s Cornbread Stuffing – I live for this stuff (ing).
Cranberry Relish – I love this fresh relish and also the traditional cooked version.
Sweet Potato Casserole – A fairly new addition to the holiday table, but now I wonder what we ever did without it. I’ll be making this for Christmas too.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Scallions – I love leaving the skin on my mashed potatoes, but I know it’s not for everyone. Using red potatoes makes for a pretty presentation and thinner skin when cooked down and mashed.
Sweet Potato biscuits – Oh man, these are good.Yorkshire pudding
Popovers – These are great leftovers for breakfast with a little jam smeared on top.
This recipe for green bean casserole will be on my list to make from scratch next year.
I’m not a gravy person (I know, I’m sorry) but my husband is, big time. This recipe looks pretty dynamite.
Now on to my favorite part, desserts!
Apple Blush Pie is one of my all time favorite apple pies.
Banana Pudding always makes it to our holiday table. It’s a classic.
Pecan pie is always at our holiday functions. It’s by far my favorite pie in the world, and the fact that I’ve never made one on my own boggles me. My uncle typically makes one from scratch, but it’s something I know I need to master sooner or later. This one is on my list to make.
I like to have freshly whipped cream and vanilla ice cream to pair with pies for guests. It completes the evening and gives even more of a reason to veg out watching Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies back to back.