It may surprise you that we don’t have a BIG Thanksgiving Dinner. There’s just 4 of us Me, Hubby, my Mom and my Dad.
Yep. And in fact we don’t even eat at the dinner table!
We just aren’t the fancy dinner kind of people, we are the kind that prefer to spend holidays in our sweatpants 🙂 And we eat VERY early.. Noon. No breakfast.. just a HUGE Lunch-time Meal!
Another shocker is that I don’t make complicated recipes. And I don’t test out new recipes, every year is basically the exact same things! Easy, Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! We choose QUALITY foods which are lovely on their own and don’t need sauces/seasoning and recipes!
I wanted to share for you what we’re having for Thanksgiving Dinner – with recipes where I can, other things I’ll add recipes/pictures after the meal for next year……
Our salad is ALWAYS our family’s traditional Wilted Lettuce Salad — My grandmother made this salad for holidays. She’s search everywhere to find bibs lettuce even in the dead of winter (now we specifically grow it in our garden in the fall/winter so we have fresh)
This is the first year we’re going to be enjoying my Grain Free Everything Dinner Rolls with our Thanksgiving Dinner. In previous years we’ve had local “regular” bread for everyone (everyone except me) but now that I’ve created amazing dinner rolls that are grain free and so yummy, everyone can have these!!
Steamed & Buttered Brussel Sprouts are a MUST. Growing up my dad and I would count out the sprouts so no one got more.. we love them so much! Again keep it simple! This year we have 4 beautiful brussel sprout plants still growing in our garden that we’ll pick from Thanksgiving Morning!
Every year I make a BIG casserole dish of my Sweet Potato Casserole and only Mom & I eat it 🙂 I always say I’ll just make 1/2 as much but I never do. It’s just too yummy to resist!
Gluten Free Stuffing (a basic stuffing made with gluten free bread) is a necessity… no recipe needed veggies, stock, breadcrumbs, herbs, baked up into yum!
You’ve just gotta have mashed potatoes. Nothing else will do. I’ve perfected them and can’t image Thanksgiving Dinner without them!
And you’ll need gravy for those mashed potatoes, It’s so easy to make a Grain Free/Paleo Gravy!
Just like the sweet potato casserole, mom and I are the only ones that enjoy cranberry sauce with our turkey! My Holiday Cranberry Orange Sauce is the perfect blend of sweet & sour.
In 2009, after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover, we resolved to only have Heritage Breed Turkey (raised organically, on pasture) on our Thanksgiving Table. ’09 and ’10 we purchased our Heritage Thanksgiving Turkey from a local farm then in ’11 we started raising our own. We see the full circle of life and fine comfort in knowing that our Turkeys only have one bad day, that they aren’t raised in deplorable-abusive conditions… We gladly shoulder the burden to ensure their happiness. If you are what you eat, we are happy-happy turkeys after Thanksgiving Dinner!
We’ve deep fried, baked, broiled, brined and basted turkeys. However, when it comes to cooking a turkey (any turkey, even a pasture raised heritage breed) LESS IS MORE. We liberally season our turkey with sea salt & fresh ground black pepper.. then roast at 350 in our electric roaster (buy HERE) for 3-4 hours .. then brown up the skin, if needed, in the oven on broil 🙂 Best Turkey Ever.
As the grand finale we have a slice of my Grain Free Pumpkin Roll. It’s easy and so good.
Oh. One Last thing…
WINE. Lots of Wine. Lots and Lots of Wine 🙂
In case you missed it, check out this HILARIOUS Turkey Recipe (Click HERE) A little Thanksgiving Humor!
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble 🙂