Thanksgiving Feast

by Ginger on November 26, 2008

in Blogging & Social Media, Get In Mah Belly

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and my in-laws are coming in town to celebrate with us, I’ve got the menu on my brain. I’m trying to plan how best to stagger dishes, what needs to be prepped tonight, and how best to not get full from “testing” all day tomorrow!

We did Thanksgiving at our place last year, and it was pretty successful (if I do say so myself). Sadly though, neither N.C. nor I can seem to remember how exactly we pulled it all off, so we’re sort of rehashing old ground. Luckily, we’re pretty traditional in our feasting, so should something go wrong I’m sure the interwebs can help correct it. Here’s the menu:

Turkey
Regular in-bird stuffing (for my husband)
Green chili cornbread stuffing (my favorite from growing up…that’s what living in New Mexico will get you)
Mashed potatoes
Gravy
Green beans
Glazed carrots
Rolls
Pecan pie
Pumpkin cheesecake (fingers crossed that this one works out)
Plus, we’ll have nuts and fruit and a relish tray to snack on throughout the day.

There’s nothing groundbreaking in there, but I take great pride in pulling off a holiday meal that everyone enjoys, so I keep running it all over in my head trying to plan it all correctly. Plus, I have to try and plan it so my mother in law doesn’t try and do everything–not that I have a problem with sharing my kitchen (at all!), but we just want them to relax while they’re at our house.

I love that Thanksgiving isn’t about gifts or stuff, just food and family. Christmas is my favorite holiday, bar none, but the stress leading up to it can be incredibly intense. Thanksgiving is the opposite–there’s no stress in the lead up at all, some minor chaos the morning of, and then nothing but food coma!

Tomorrow, I will be doing a brief post (thanks NaBloPoMo!) on what I’m thankful for this year, but today…today it’s all about the food.

Amy November 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Am intrigued by the green chili cornbread stuffing – is that a recipe you can share?

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KJ November 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm

I was going to ask the same thing as Amy. That stuffing sounds delicious! Have a great holiday!

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Ginger November 26, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Absolutely…the only problem is it’s one of those recipes I just do, not one I have written down. Let me try to walk through the steps and I’ll post it a little later.

Ginger November 27, 2008 at 10:20 am

Here’s my best approximation of a recipe:

Green Chili Cornbread stuffing
1-2 packages cornbread, prepared
1 package stuffing mix (seasoned or unseasoned)
1-2 cans green chili (or fresh green chili)
Butter
Onions
Celery
Sage
Salt
1-2 eggs
Chicken stock

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare cornbread according to directions. Let cool completely (I do this a day or two ahead of time). Crumble cornbread and combine with stuffing mix.
Saute onions and celery in butter until soft. Mix with breads. Add green chili.
Add chicken stock until moist—you don’t want it soaking wet, but you definitely want everything nice and moist. I usually end up using about 2 cans of chicken stock, but it will vary depending on how much cornbread you make, how dry the stuffing mix is, etc.
Now you’ll also want to add sage and salt according to taste. I just keep adding and tasting until it tastes right.
Lastly, add the lightly scrambled eggs. Mix well.

Butter a baking dish/casserole dish, then pour the mixture in. Put in the oven, covered, for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake another 20-30 minutes, or until the stuffing isn’t wet anymore, and is golden brown on top.

Jessica November 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

The menu sounds great! I do love spending time with family and the good food, but I won’t lie, I’m glad when I get some alone time again 🙂

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