Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas


I have received numerous emails asking me what my Thanksgiving menu will consist of.

Well, it's a lot like last year.

Why mess with tradition?

I am making my usual Sweet Potato Gratin w/ orange zest, honey, brown sugar & heavy cream (due to popular demand, I have posted the recipe under the comment section).


I am breaking tradition and trying Food & Wine's fig, almond & fennel stuffing this year.
Check out last year's Tom Colicchio's stuffing.

Roasted vegetables: consisting of cauliflower, carrots, potatoes and brussels sprouts.


My delicious Roasted Herb Turkey Breast on the bone w/ pan gravy.

Green Beans w/ frizzled shallots and walnuts.

Gruyere & Ham biscuits.

My mom's spinach pie, and a cranberry orange relish.

A few appetizers (I can't give everything away!), and 2 desserts.


and don't forget the day after: A Turkey Pot Pie!!!!

Click here to see dinner from last Thanksgiving.

(photos taken in Tewksbury Township, Oldwick, NJ)


VeggieGirl said...

FABULOUS menu components!! I especially can't wait to see how the fig, almond & fennel stuffing turns out - sounds intriguing!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful country photos!

Lori Lynn said...

I was just thinking about Turkey Day menu. I don't mess with the menu much either. Thanksgiving and Passover are pretty much the same, maybe changing a vegetable dish this year. Your menu sounds excellent.

kat said...

Much to my husband's dismay we are not allowed to vary from plain old onion & celery stuffing in our family, there would be a mutany!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Stacey, your photos are stunning. I grew up in Hunterdon County - I am so missing it right now! Your Thanksgiving menu sounds perfect! Thanksgiving is all about tradition. I will be making everything the same as last year but try one new side dish. I also will be subbing the brown butter bliss for the usual apple pie.

Patsyk said...

Sounds like a wonderful meal! I'm planning my menu as well... I'm hosting the family this year and am very excited about it!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - Your Thanksgiving ideas sound fabulous and those pictures are so lovely. Wouldn't it be great to eat Thanksgiving gazing out from that beautiful home and looking at that horse grazing in the pasture?

Zoe said...

wow, that sounds a like a fabulous menu!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Would you believe that, this year, I'm not going to cook. Nope. I'm on strike from slaving at the stove. I'm hoping to find a cheap airline ticket to New Jersey to show up at your door! Wow, such pretty countryside.

Sarah said...

So, the big question is - will you post the recipes before thanksgiving, so I can make them all too? :)

dm said...

Now's the time I wish I was back in Jersey and my mom's cooking. Thanksgiving is always fun at my parents' house.

If I was there this year I would make Sarah Brown's cashew and mushroom roast which is fantastic with mushroom gravy.

One year I made it for Xmas dinner with my then in-laws, I was lucky to get a slice. I had to fight the meat eaters off!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I need to grab a cup of coffee and go over all your yummy Thanksgiving recipes. I remember that beautiful spinach spanakopita!

Rebecca said...

Could we please have the recipe for sweet potato gratin? I'm looking for something to replace my sweet potato tzimmes that I usually serve. Thanks so much for the wonderful blog!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Menu sounds fantastic. Love the photos. Very good captures.

Stacey Snacks said...

Here is the sweet potato recipe that everyone is asking me for!

3/4 c Half and half
1/2 c Orange juice
1/4 c Firmly packed brown sugar
3 tb Butter
1 tb Grated orange peel
1 1/2 ts Coriander
1 ts Salt
3/4 ts Ground ginger
4.5 lb Sweet potatoes, peeled,
-coarsely grated
3 tb Honey

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 13"x9"x2" baking dish. Bring to a boil, the orange juice, half and half, brown sugar, butter, grated orange peel, corainder, salt, and ground ginger to boil in heavy large skillet over high heat, stirring constantly.
Mix in the grated sweet potatoes. Spoon sweet potato mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with foil wrap.
Bake for 1 hour.
Uncover and drizzle the honey over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy and golden. I serve this garnished with parsley and orange peel strips.
I will post the pics after Thanksgiving!

Stacey Snacks said...

I forgot to add the butter:
add the 3 tbsp of butter to the brown sugar, orange mixture.......

The Food Hunter said...

Everything sounds so good. I think I might break from my traditional sweet potatoes and try your recipe. Thanks.

Lisa said...

I thought a gratin included cheese?
Although, being a fan of sweet potatoes, I admit I'm happy the recipe includes no cheese!