Top Ten Things I Will Be Serving On Thursday:
1. Turkey. My friend Tonia is bringing the turkey, which is such a help. She gets a fresh one from a farm. Recently she sent me an email about the turkeys. The farmer had included pictures of the flock. I replied and said those pictures troubled me greatly. I really don't like to see my Thanksgiving meal when he is still gobbling and has all his feathers. Maybe it's just me. Maybe other people like to pick theirs out from the picture, like choosing the best one from a litter of puppies? This was all new to me but I am certainly thankful to Tonia for taking care of our turkey selection. And I am trying to block those pictures from my mind before Thursday.
2. Sweet potato casserole. I know there is a debate over marshmallows or streusel topping. I am a streusel girl. I double the recipe and pile it on thick. Yum!
3. Green beans. It makes us feel better to have something green on the table but the truth is, I cook these to death and there are virtually no nutrients left in them. But boy howdy are they good!
4. Stuffing/Dressing. I do not stuff the bird. I make it in a casserole dish. My search for the perfect recipe for this is ongoing. I got out of it this year by asking my mom to do it. She is also, incidentally, still searching for the perfect recipe. Maybe this will be the year.
5. Rolls. Tonia and I agreed that Sister Schuberts do the trick. I make some wonderful homemade Parker House rolls but... why?
6. Gravy. The more the better. I will freely admit to buying it jarred. I am not ashamed.
7. Corn pudding. I posted the recipe last Monday, so if you missed it, go back and read it.
8. Cranberry pecan relish. Also posted this recipe last Monday. Go check it out too!
9. Tarheel Pie. Posted this yesterday. It's SO easy. It's SO good. I don't just make it at Thanksgiving, but I have to have it at Thanksgiving.
10. Rice Casserole. I know mashed potatoes are, like, required but I do this yummy recipe with consomme soup and onions and butter. The rice has such a good flavor, is easier to make than homemade mashed potatoes, and tastes really good with turkey. And besides, the corn pudding, rolls, sweet potato, and stuffing aren't enough carbs, you know? You need rice.
I hope you've enjoyed this top ten list. I hope your mouth is watering and you are anticipating sitting down on Thursday with the ones you love. And if you're hosting Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to think of someone who might have no one to spend Thanksgiving with and invite them! You never know what that guest might add to your day! And you never know what being included might add to theirs!