Thanksgiving Day Menu

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.

Photo credit: Johnsonville 

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’.


2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day Menu

  1. After hosting the Thanksgiving dinner for over 40 years, we now go to my son and daughter-in-law’s home for dinner. There is much more room there and the “gadgets” to entertain the grandchildren. It also brings both sides of the families together. In all, there will be 17 of us and each family brings their specialities. I bake the pumpkin and apple pies, make the real whipped cream, and bring my always requested Swiss Vegetable Casserole. Every year I also bring one “suprise.” Previous years offerings have been roasted butternut squash soup, corn and bacon souffle, cornbread stuffing with chestnuts, apples, and onions, and this year I’m planning on roasted brussle sprouts with garlic.

    With 17 for dinner, even with two turkeys, there never are enough leftovers, so I’m planning to roast our own turkey on Saturday.

  2. Well I always expect Christmas to be Italian, however I know we will not be there to enjoy it as we stay home. However, I will be doing our own Italian Christmas dinner. Passing the tradition onto another generation!
    Thanksgiving sounds great mom. I made a turkey for the first time last year and I did a maple syrup and brown sugar combo for the trukey. Was VERY sweet and VERY moist. Also I cooked it in an oven bag. I think that helps keep the moisture.
    Can’t wait to get there. I think we should come up witha treasure hunt for the kids. Izzy and Asher like to solve mysteries and look for clues!

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