I'm hungry all the time lately, so it's natural that I'm really looking forward to pigging out on Thanksgiving this year. Here are the things I must have on my plate each year:
Brined turkey. Do it. Start like now.
Mashed potatoes made with real potatoes, lots of butter, and heavy cream. Throw in some fresh roasted garlic for good measure. Use this recipe from Martha or this one from my stepdad.
Cranberry sauce made with real cranberries. I like the canned version to spread on sandwiches for leftovers (dude: use hawaiin rolls, mayo, canned cranberry sauce, turkey, lettuce, and stuffing - omg yum - thank you Ann for introducing me to that), but the real stuff is delicious for the actual meal.
Something green. I have this weird thing where I have to have something green on my plate or I feel like I'm not getting a balanced meal. For Thanksgiving, I like green beans or brussels sprouts. I'm making this recipe for a friend's potluck Wednesday night.
Stuffing without any fruit in it. Fruit in savory dishes is not ok with me.
flaky layers biscuits. I offered to bring them this year because I want to make sure we have the right ones (one year my mom got crescents and I was super disappointed).
Pumpkin pie. This has to be my favorite dessert EVER. I'm making it for the first time this year and I really hope I don't have to run to the store for a replacement only to find that they're sold out. Here's the recipe I'm using (with premade dough).
I like gravy and yams, but those are not on my must have list. Actually, gravy is pretty necessary, but I have no clue how to make it, so I leave it to the pros.
What's on your must have Thanksgiving dinner list?