This year we are going to eat a mostly traditional Thanksgiving day meal. I usually rebel and make something Italian but for some reason I am not giving in to my rebelliousness this time around. But I have to tell you I have warned the family that Christmas will be Italian!
Of course we’ll have a turkey…
I hope mine will look like this. Does yours? What is the secret? I think it has something to do with butter or olive oil on the skin. I’m still researching the best way to get a juicy turkey. So far I’ve decided to do a dry brine, then put fresh herbs under the skin, rub with olive oil and stuff the cavity with lemons and garlic.
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Next is the stuffing. Or is it dressing? I don’t really get the difference but this time I am not putting it in the turkey. It never works out well for me so I’ll add extra broth to make it tasty. This year I’m making a fresh loaf of rosemary focaccia bread then I will cube it and toast them for the stuffing. I will add crumbled Italian sausage, celery, onion, garlic, turkey broth, and maybe some dried fruit. I am still not sure which dried fruit will go with those flavor combinations.
Our other side dishes will be my own Parmesan Crusted Green Beans, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes with bacon, gravy, jello for the kids and pumpkin pies. I’ll be making up a fruit and cheese tray including black olives for us to munch on while we cook and wait for dinner.
I have a few crafts planned for the grandchildren to help keep them busy. I hope my ideas work.
So what’s on your menu? Are you hosting? Are you traveling? Do you even celebrate Thanksgiving? Leave me a comment and let me know. Ciao’.