Thanksgiving is a great occasion for the entire family to get together and have fun while sitting around a nicely decorated table on which the host usually places all kinds of delicious foods. Since my husband is away most of the time, and only on weekends and on such special occasions gets to sit with us, I want to make every meal of this kind special. Of course, we also have guests, but it is mostly my family I want to have close on Thanksgiving’s Day.
This blog post will be all about my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, and I sincerely hope you will find a few that you would love to try, too. I will start by saying that I am not a complicated person when it comes to this, and I do appreciate the classic menu for this special festivity. That being said, turkey and pies are never amiss from the table. But let me take you now through all the recipes I do prefer.
I will not bore you with the same recipe for the turkey that you most probably have heard already from your mom, your aunt, TV’s cooking shows and the local newspaper. But I would like to sit down and have a serious conversation about gravy. While, in its essence, the sauce may not sound like a complicated thing to do, it is a bit tricky. Here is my take on the matter.
For the gravy, you will need the juice from the turkey pan, a bit of white wine (dry, keep in mind), 4 tablespoons of butter (unsalted), half a cup of flour, five cups of turkey broth, one teaspoon of salt, and a dash of black pepper (or more, if you like it hot). First, trim the pan juice of fat, by leaving it aside for several minutes. Pour the wine into the roasting pan, and stir to get all the remains from getting stuck to the pan. Add butter, wait for it to melt, and then sprinkle the flour. Stir while waiting for the gravy to turn golden, and then pour the broth and the juice set aside. Add salt and pepper and make sure to strain the gravy before serving.
As far as the pies go, I am the kind of person who prefers pumpkin pies. I prefer baking individual pies so that everyone has. I just like the effect of pie on plate just too much, I think. Since I have a sweet tooth and my family does, too, I also serve a pie crust. Another thing that I never forget about is a cranberry sauce; I just get cranberries from the store and boil them down with sugar and orange zest. It works great for adding on sandwiches the next day, too.