Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Mini Feast

I have plans to spend an early Christmas with my son and his family in SoCal, but Thanksgiving was going to be spent alone in Texas.  So making menu plans for a nice dinner here at home with a good friend was the perfect way to spend the holiday.

We put our heads together and came up with a meal that played to each other's strengths in the kitchen.  She agreed to bring a couple of side dishes and dessert; I agreed to roast the turkey, make my mom's cranberry relish recipe, and have the wine ready to pour.

This very nice floral arrangement showed up on my doorstep the day before Thanksgiving.  And in the mail, a gorgeous hand-made Thanksgiving card....both from my friend who will be joining me this holiday.

The ingredients for cranberry relish.

Fresh cranberries, chopped, chopped walnuts, lemon zest (reconstituted from dried).
All added to prepared Jello (one small pkge orange, one small pkge cherry flavor)

The turkey, still in its wrapper, but defrosted....a 15 lb'er.

The turkey is rubbed with olive oil, a large, quartered white onion and an apple in its otherwise empty body cavity, and it's ready to go into the oven.

The turkey came out perfect and the house smells wonderful!

Roasted to perfection! Juices recovered and strained, ready to make gravy

Part of turkey, carved Food Network pro chef-style
The side dishes: green beans almondine, sausage dressing, curried sweet potatoes

Everything on the table.  Let's eat!

In the back: cranberry relish (on the left), interesting dressing made from corn bread,
biscuits, bread with sausage, mushrooms, apples.
Green beans Almondine (left) and curried sweet potatoes (right)
rolls, gravy, carved turkey meat

1 comment:

  1. Yumm! Sounds and looks like you had a feast. Nice to spend the day with a friend.