Due to work and flight schedule complications we’re scheduling two days of Thanksgiving dinners to celebrate with our small family this year. I love the idea, but there’s no way I’m roasting a bird for each occasion. Nope, no way, uh uh. Not that anyone else cares, but I felt I had to get that small declaration out early. It helped relieve some of the decision-making, menu-planning stress that’s often part of The Day, at least for this cook. Last year we were the traveling relatives and joined the other side of the family for a large gathering in Boise, Idaho. My small contribution to the 2011 Thanksgiving dinner was a double batch of cranberry relish - how easy was that?
This year I chose some of my favorite things for Thursday's dinner, and I'll cook a more traditional Turkey Day big bird meal on Friday when Grandma arrives. Here’s the plan… and I’ll get back to you later with a reality check.
Grilled steaks with compound butter
Pickled vegetables, fruit and nut crisps, assorted cheeses & spreads
Green beans with caramelized onions, pine nuts and a balsamic reduction
Smashed gorgonzola potatoes
Stuffing muffins with turkey gravy
Roasted turkey parts
Zesty cranberry relish a la Martha Stewart
Trader Joe’s Mini Bites or homemade sweet potato tartlets and ice cream