Tomorrow is the big day for all of those whose holidays are spent gorging ourselves on turkey and all the trimmings. Afterwards there is the Thanksgiving nap or football (or both if you're especially talented). Some of us travel, some of us host, some of us work and celebrate later. Hopefully as many as possible will be able to take time tomorrow and enjoy the company of those with whom they break bread (or pumpkin pie if yours is still frozen...)
Not everyone who celebrates this holiday sticks to a traditional menu however. Certainly there are many different methods for cooking a turkey, but some forgo the turkey altogether in favor of something more exotic to the tradition. This year hubby and I are spending our first Thanksgiving as a married couple together - just the two of us. We've both been kind of sick and don't really want to infect family members (that and he has to work). Since all of our friends have plans of their own as well, we're going to do our own thing.
Since we are going to do our own Thanksgiving (and as a way to start new traditions) I planned the menu as a mix of the traditional and atypical methods of preparation. There's just the two of us so we've just got a turkey breast. I'm going to cook that in the crock-pot in a semi-traditional style sauce that has the twist of adding bacon. Hubby thought I was nuts last night insisting we needed bacon for the turkey, but hey - the recipe says put bacon in with the turkey and I'm not going to argue that point. He doesn't like sweet potatoes and I really like them so as a compromise I am experimenting with a recipe that coats chunks of sweet potato with cayenne pepper, chili powder and brown sugar before roasting in the oven. I'll throw both sweet potatoes and redskin potatoes into the mix and roast all of it together, but make no mashed potatoes. The green bean casserole will be mostly gluten free for my sake, but I love the french fried onions so I'll sacrifice my digestion for it. Instead of rolls or homemade biscuits we'll have Pillsbury grands (again sacrificing my digestion). Dessert however is the most un-traditional item on the menu. Hubby says we won't eat a whole pie by ourselves so why go through the effort of making one. He said he'd rather get a small pound cake and top it with yogurt. Amy's Organics makes small, gluten free cakes. Specifically they make a chocolate cake. We also found a few weeks ago this yogurt blend that is strawberry-rhubarb and agreed it would be great on top of a pound cake. Our dessert tomorrow is gluten-free chocolate cake topped with strawberry-rhubarb yogurt. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
So for those of you Viners who are going to have a Thanksgiving holiday meal (whether on the day or over the weekend), what does your menu consist of? Is it traditional? Are there regional variances on tradition that I'm forgetting? Are you doing something totally non-traditional and wild, but yummy? Spill!!