What's on Your Thanksgiving Menu?

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  1. Ms. I

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    Whether you're hosting TG dinner this year or going to someone's house, what's on the menu?

    It will be a nice, quiet day for my BF & I at my apt. This is how our menu's looking:

    - my mom's gizzard stuffing recipe w/ Serrano chiles for a kick!
    - cranberry sauce
    - rosemary, white cheddar mashed potatoes
    - maybe mushroom mac & cheese (Giada De Laurentiis's recipe)
    - ground turkey potstickers...this will be the meat dish this yr
    - pumpkin cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory (1st time trying it)
     
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  3. TeacherNY

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    I'm going to a restaurant so this is on their buffet menu:
    Roast Turkey with Giblet gravy and Chestnut stuffing
    Sautéed breast of Chicken Francaise
    Baked Atlantic Salmon Saffron Chive Sauce
    Maple-walnut Sweet Potatoes
    Mashed Potatoes
    Vegetable Medley
    Cheese Tortellini with Pesto sauce
    Carving Station Roast
    New York Strip Sirloin Steak with Bordelaise sauce
    Honey glazed Pork Loin Cold Smoked Salmon Platter
    Medley of Fresh fruits
    Baby greens Salad
    Cranberry Apple salad
    Desserts Ice Cream bar Chocolate fountain Pastries and Pies Coffee
    I can't wait!
     
  4. Kat53

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    That whole menu sounds delicious! If you like pecans, try the Pumpkin Pecan cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. It has a layer of pecan pie filling and it is sooo good!
     
  5. Kat53

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    We have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Last year I made sausage and fennel stuffing(Martha Stewert's) and it was really good so I'll probably make it again.
     
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    We have been going to Golden Corral for the last few years for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and getting take out. I cooked every year for 40 years and now that the family is so small, I would rather leave the cooking to someone else. They have a great traditional meal. AND, no cleanup!
     
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    I've never cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself. My parents normally cook the turkey and I usually make a side dish and dessert.

    I have a very small family. My sister lives out of state; however, she'll be here this year because her 30th birthday lands on Thanksgiving! I am so excited to see her and my (one and only) nephew. Her husband will not be flying to CA with her because he's in the military and will be out of the country.

    My brother works every Thanksgiving as does my BF (they're both in the health care field).
     
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    We do the traditional meal with a gourmet twist.:p

    Dh wants a pecan pie this year.
     
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    That's why we go out. Only me, hubby and in laws so we always had too much food when I cooked. No cleanup or leftovers when we eat at a restaurant. Even if we eat at someone's house I always feel obligated to take home the leftovers offered and I really don't want them!!
     
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    My husband used to work in a hospital and had to work every other Thanksgiving. It was a real pain to coordinate dinner with people. He is still in the healthcare field but thankfully his schedule is now M-F no holidays!
     
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    We have a traditional menu.
     
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    My parents and siblings and their families will be coming to our house. I assume that each of my siblings will want to contribute a special dish, but I don't know what those will be.

    In addition to those TBD dishes, our menu will likely be fairly traditional: turkey, maybe a big squash, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, spinach and rice casserole, creamed corn, pumpkin pie.
     
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    Oooooooh! I love Thanksgiving!

    We'll be having:
    Turkey
    Stuffing
    Mashed Potatoes
    Rivers of Gravy
    Butternut Squash Bake (like gooey sweet potatoes)
    Bacon-wrapped Green Bean Bundles
    Broccoli Casserole
    Nasty canned cranberry jelly because my dad and BF refuse to eat delicious, fresh cranberry-orange-pomegranate sauce

    Dessert is up in the air. BF always wants Irish cupcakes. I want pumpkin pie. Dad wants coconut cream pie. BF's mom want fresh fruit tarts. I really want to not make all of those things in addition to making dinner.
     
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    TeacherNY, sounds great! Two TGs ago, I ate a buffet meal at a restaurant too. It's always nice to do sometimes.

    Thanks! Your menu sounds good too. There's no real veggie dish, but oh well. I have all the other days of the year to eat veggies.
     
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    I don't eat veggies on Thanksgiving. I basically just eat dark meat turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pour gravy over the whole thing. Yum! Veggies just take up too much room!
     
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    We used to go to one of my aunt's houses, but we haven't the last few years due to various reasons (family emergencies, illness, construction being done on their house, and one or two other things) so my mom has been making Thanksgiving for the four of us. We usually have a turkey rubbed with a compound butter - usually one filled with herbs & garlic. My mom will also probably make an incredibly delicious cornbread & spanish chorizo stuffing. Last year, instead of mashed potatoes, she made a twice baked potato casserole - basically a twice baked potato, but without the potato to hold all of the delicious insides - it was quite good. Last year, she made truffles (three kinds) for dessert. They were amazing.
     
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    Prime rib
    Tbd potato
    Sautéed brussel sprouts
    Stuffed mushrooms
    Some kind of dessert
     
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    The only thing I'll miss since I'm going out to eat is my homemade cranberry sauce. I hate the canned stuff and hate gravy so if they don't have a good craberry sauce or even a cranberry relish then I might not even have any turkey!
     
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    Sounds great everyone! :thumb:

    Ha!

    Or go ahead & make you own so the holiday wouldn't have passed you by w/o having the cranberry sauce you really love.
     
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    We will go to my husband's Granny's house. We bring the turkey and a bunch of sides (catered from a local place) and other cousins bring ham and other sides. This year I also picked up some gourmet goat cheese to put with some crackers as an appetizer. His Granny usually does the desserts, so we will not want for food.
     
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    I say bring your own! ;)

    And whoever mentioned not having leftovers, I am totally the opposite! The leftovers are one of the best parts!
     
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    Anyone ever make a fried turkey (or Cajun fried turkey)? Believe it or not, Popeye's fast food takes orders for them for TG. Speaking of Popeye's, they have a spiced pumpkin cream cheese pie for TG, but it's not a full-sized pie. It's one of those pies like how Hostess has it where it's enclosed & the filling's inside.

    1x, I tried a fried turkey from a local restaurant (not Popeye's) & it was good!
     
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    I stretch out the leftovers for as long as possible! :D
     
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    I've fried a turkey before. Ours this year will likely be fried, in fact. They are so yummy that way!
     
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    We used to go to my step-grandmother's son's house to have fried turkey.

    It was so good.
     
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    Yes, I'd definitely eat one again! :thumb:
     
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    We have prime rib, but we also roast a small turkey just for the leftover turkey sandwiches the next day! Ooh, my mouth is watering...
     
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    I'm actually not sure of the menu this year. Usually I cook, or help cook a full, traditional TG dinner. This year the boys and I are going up to my boyfriend's mother's house for Thanksgiving (and the shaking in my boots you see is my nerves on account of meeting most of his family for the first time). I think it's a traditional menu, but I'm not entirely sure.
     
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    We fried a turkey twice I think. It came out good but took longer than we thought. The only think that stinks is if it's freezing outside!! If it rained we would have been in big trouble!
     
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    Had done the majority of my shopping last Monday. Next M or T, will get the fresh herbs & meat!
     
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    The one thing I am looking forward to on Thanksgiving is the butternut squash soup that's on the menu at the restaurant. I've had it at another place and made it myself but this one sounds really good from their description on the website. I don't go nuts over turkey and potatoes so I usually go for more "interesting" side dishes.
     
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    Yeah, turkey & potatoes don't really excite me either, since I eat turkey throughout the yr regularly. My mom's stuffing recipe, which I plan to make this yr is ALL I care about & maybe the cranberry sauce!
     

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