This time next week we will have finished our Thanksgiving meal and settled in for an afternoon of... what? Bicycle rides in the sunshine? Game playing? Naps? Only time will tell.
Seeing as how I love food, next week's menu -not the afternoon entertainment - is what's on my mind.
Of course we are planning on the traditional turkey, dressing, gravy & cranberry sauce.
A sweet potato dish of some kind. Back in the days when I watched a lot of Food Network, quite a few regulars on there talked about what a travesty it was to put marshmallows on top of anything supposed to be fit for dinner. Personally? I don't see a problem with them. But then there is that crispy, nutty, brown sugar topping that can also top a sweet potato casserole. Mmm... that one is good too! How do you top your sweet potatoes?
And since sweet potatoes are a must-have at our thanksgiving, we usually don't add in any other potato. Even though there was that one year I made the mashed potato/spinach casserole. And some of my extended family always has potato salad. Still, to me, having both potatoes seems redundant. What about you? Do you serve both?
After the potato decisions have been made, we will also be having a green veggie or two. We have a broccoli salad that has become a family favorite and is sure to be seen. It consists of broccoli, raisins, and sunflower seeds, among other things.
Green beans are also usually a given. While the famous green bean casserole is good, we often opt instead for a garlic/soy sauce green bean dish.
There have been years we have also had a steaming serving of greens with our thanksgiving meal. It seems so untraditional, and so very southern, but I always like it!
Add to that plate a jello salad or two and a hot roll, and there you have our basic thanksgiving dinner!
Served alongside a glass of sweetened iced tea, and followed up with pecan and pumpkin pies!
Of course, there are always surprises, as at least one of us inevitably gets carried away at the last minute and throws in a corn casserole, or macaroni & cheese, or brussels sprouts or an extra dessert or two. But you won't see me complaining. :)
So what makes your thanksgiving dinner? I could always use new ideas. You know... in case I get carried away at the last minute. :)