Let’s talk Thanksgiving.
Food, Family, Laughter, Giving Thanks, Joy, Peace, Happiness, Love; did I mention Food?
Shall we begin our discussion with the main dish? Well, the traditional main dish, that is.
Time to talk frying, roasting, smoking, brining and more.
There are probably as many different ways to prepare the Turkey as there are food bloggers, and so many options for the sides to go with it.
If you’re a last minute shopper/planner like I am, then hopefully this will give you some inspiration 🙂
The Main Dish
If you want to brine the turkey, you need to start at least 24 hours before you plan on serving it. I am fully 100% on the side of brining. It infuses the turkey with an amazing juiciness, richness of flavor and all around general awesomeness.
I cannot leave it unsaid, The Poblano and Citrus Roasted Turkey – is to date the best Turkey Nathan and I have ever eaten. Ever. Let me repeat that – EVER.
How about brining and then Frying? I do so adore fried turkey.
- I love Heather’s Cajun Fried Turkey recipe – Have I mentioned that I am a HUGE fan of frying the turkey.
- Leite has another delicious and simple Fried Turkey recipe
Do you go traditional?
- Jessi’s Crustless Sweet Potato Casserole is to die for
- Panko Crusted Green Bean Casserole
- Christy’s Cranberry Relish
Do you prefer side dishes that are a little bit more unusual?
- Cheesy Chipotle Corn and zucchini casserole
- Chilled Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad
- Jalapeno Cornbread Pudding
- Aggie has the most wicked recipe for Roasted Chilie and Cheddar Corn Muffins
I’ve heard some of y’all don’t even have bread on your Thanksgiving menu!! That’s just silliness, silliness I tell you! What do y’all sop up the gravy with? Make on the spot – Turkey, Greens and Sweet Potato Sandwiches with?
P’Shaw – that’s what I say to that.
If you aren’t one to make rolls from scratch (raises own hand) then let me share my little secret with you. The one that without which, my Thanksgiving table would be woefully bare. For in our family, it isn’t a Holiday table with these warm, butter, yeasty, bites of amazing deliciousness. I’m of course speaking of Sister Schubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls. These things are like a hot, buttery bite of yeasty heaven. Seriously. Even if I were to attempt it, I could never make anything that amazing from scratch, so why try. Oh, don’t get me wrong, those Parker House Style Rolls that she makes that come in that wonderfully handy little oven ready tin are mouthwateringly, melt on your tongue spectacular, too. But in our family, we are Dinner Yeast Roll fanatics.
I love leftovers. I believe in cooking double the turkeys that you require just to enjoy the amazing deliciousness that you can achieve with leftover turkey.
And if you want to really wowza your family with something new. Make some wicked yummy Turkey Salad (think Chicken Salad – with Turkey) and hollow out the insanely, ridiculously, delicious new Soft Pretzel Rolls from Sister Schubert’s and fill them with your Turkey Salad. Trust me, nobody will be missing those traditional leftover Turkey Sandwiches with these babies around.
Turkey Salad Stuffed Pretzel Rolls
- leftover turkey – shred and rough chop some up
- 1/4 C mayo
- 1 Tbsp spicy mustard
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1/4 C Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 C walnuts
- Sister Schubert’s Pretzel Rolls
Easy Peasy – Mix the Turkey, Mayo, Mustard, Celery, Cranberries and Walnuts together – salt and pepper to taste – Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
Cook the Soft Pretzel Rolls according to package (less than 10 minutes!!!) Cut a hole into the top of each pretzel roll, pull out some of the soft, delicious, hot insides and s
tuff them in your mouth nicely share the yumminess with whomever is helping you in the kitchen. Fill the pretzel rolls with Turkey salad, set out and watch them disappear.
Now, on to the whole reason some of y’all show up for Thanksgiving.
There are SO many ridiculously amazing Thanksgiving treats – from the Turkey to the Apple Tarts, the green bean casserole to the much lauded and always controversial stuffing.
What are YOUR favorites? What MUST you have for Thanksgiving?
I am one of eight bloggers selected by Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls to review their products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been provided products for review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.