Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! If you’re willing (and able) to fight over a juicy steak, more power to yuh.
Life wouldn’t be the same without sugar. If you’re a traditional person who loves traditional treats, there’s no shame in toasting up perfectly traditional s’mores. Or you could try something new and throw together blueberry cobbler right at the campsite like a boss.
Puffed golden brown marshmallows, melty chocolate, subtly sweet graham crackers… you know what to do. If you’re especially good at burning things, please hand off the toasting duty to a more competent individual.
Are you the type to save all the croutons for last, then savor and enjoy them one by one? Panzanella is basically a crouton salad with some veggies thrown in the mix. In other words, a carb lover’s dream.
Rolls & Sandwiches:
Fun to make, fun to eat, and fun to share. Well maybe not the sharing part.
After you’ve pondered the pie crust dilemma and have finally chosen to go with homemade or store-bought, it’s time to make yet another momentous decision.
What will the filling be?
If your sweet tooth controls your life and you crave sugar at all times of the day (and night) pecan pie is probably the most suitable choice for you. It is sweet, plus pleasantly crunchy and nutty. A satisfying dessert for sure. Especially if you smother it in whipped cream or ice cream… we’ll get to that later. Besides, a dessert involving vegetables certainly cannot be considered a real dessert.
But maybe the true meaning of Thanksgiving to you is “pumpkin pie”. If pumpkin pie was not consumed, then Thanksgiving never happened. Plus, anything and everything pumpkin must make its way inside your tummy this time of year. And when desserts include veggies, you can rationalize inhaling 3 servings at least. The choice is obvious.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without potatoes.
Especially mashed potatoes. They’re so creamy, thanks to butter and… cream. And nothing is more enjoyable than forming the perfect well in the center of your mashers to hold all of that lovely, rich gravy.
Whoa, whoa. Let’s add a bit more texture to this whole potato situation. Baby food consistency is never ideal (unless you’re missing a majority of your chompers). What we’re really going for is crispy roasted potatoes. A drizzle of olive oil, big pinch of salt and maybe a sprinkling of rosemary is all that’s required. Let the potatoes really shine. Are you eating potatoes whipped with butter and cream, or butter and cream whipped with potatoes?
Hmm good question.
Will you be digging your spoon into a mound of fluffy mashed taters or taking a fork to some crispy spuds?
Pie crust has to be the very best part of a pie. It’s buttery, flaky, tender and perfectly golden brown.
All you need is a few ingredients and the crust is underway. Just a bit of finagling (plus a lot of experience) and your pie will be ready for the oven.
But why is it crumbling? And why is it stuck to the rolling pin, parchment paper, your hands and your hair? Plus how did it become so gummy and tough? Fail.
Just quietly creep on over to the frozen aisle of the nearest grocery store and grab yourself a couple premade pie crusts. You are making the filling and baking the thing after all, so 66.667% homemade can reasonably translate to 100% homemade. And it might actually taste a lot better than if you went through with making your own crust from scratch.
Will you be rolling out the dough or pulling out the dough (from a box) this Turkey Day?
Coming up with the Thanksgiving menu can either require no thought at all or a lot of brainstorming.
You can go the easy route and just do the exact same thing you did the year before. And the year before that, and the year before that… basically cook up the dishes that your great-grandmother used to back in the day. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
But maybe your taste buds are getting a wee bit tired of the same old gluey mashed potatoes drowned in the same old giblet gravy plopped right next to the same old questionable green bean casserole. Why not swap in a fresh kale salad topped with bright pomegranate seeds? Perfectly roasted parsnips could surely replace those sad mashed potatoes and no one would know the difference. Just be sure to keep that raspberry jello salad or your younger sister might start throwing punches over the modernized feast.
Will you be sticking with tradition or switching things up?
You tear off a fluffy piece of carb heaven, slather on the butter or gravy (or both) and let it melt onto your tongue as you savor it ever so slowly. Biscuits, crescent rolls, a rustic loaf… it’s all good and all welcome onto your Thanksgiving plate. Bread and stuffing? Bring it on! You know what they say, go big or go home.
Just wait a minute. You can devour a basket of bread any ole day. Thanksgiving is dedicated to the turkey. Plus the stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberries, gravy and pie. There’s simply no room in your belly for more food. It would be physically impossible to fit even one buttermilk biscuit into your stomach after going back for seconds… er fourths. And come on, pie > bread.
Or is it?
Will you be noshing on some extra carbs or kicking bread to the curb this Thanksgiving?