Here what's on the menu for Thanksgiving. Also included is who's making each dish.
Deviled Eggs: (Robin/little sister) If she didn't make deviled eggs no one would show up.
A spanakopita amuse bouche: (Stacey/little sister) I know this is the first time she has brought this appetizer. I'm sure I'll post the recipe when I get it or she'll probably post it herself.
Garbonzo Beans:(me) This recipe has already been posted before.
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip: (me/courtesy of Paula Deen)
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
2 (13 3/4-ounce) cans artichoke hearts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Heat the spinach in a microwave oven on high for 5 minutes and squeeze dry. Drain the artichoke hearts and coarsely chop in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients except the jack cheese in a large bowl. Stir well. Scrape into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle the jack cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to a chafing dish and keep warm over a low flame. Serve with bagel chips.
I always add at least another cup of pepper jack cheese and mix it through out the dip. Then spread the remaining cup on top of the dip before putting it into the oven. Also, instead of bagel chips I use bread like all the other artichoke-spinach dips. I mean, if you are going to eat something so artery clogging, you might as well go all out!
I think that's all we are having for appetizers but knowing my family I am definitely missing something. We have been known to get together and have a dinner of all appetizers.
A Diestle Turkey: (Mom) She says she will brine the turkey and roast it with onions, celery, and apples. Diestle turkeys are great, they have been range growing turkeys on the same Sonora California ranch since 1949. You can also visit the ranch if you like that sort of thing. I like knowing my turkey is local and fresh.
Stuffing:(Mom) She says this will have caramelized onions and shallots, artichoke hearts and celery in the mix. Maybe with some cornbread but she didn't sound so sure.
Mashed Potatoes:(me) apparently everyone wants to commit suicide. I warned them.
Please scroll down if you are at all squeamish! Don't read if you weak at heart! It's so not for the weak of heart! Please, I beg of you, don't read this recipe. Okay, I've warned you. If you die at your computer, so be it! Peel and cut up 10 pounds of potatoes. (I like regular brown potatoes in the bag)
Boil in salted water until tender.
Rice them, whip them, mash them with a old fashioned masher. I don't care, just don't read the rest of this because, well, you know, I've already warned you.
Take two cubes of butter (melted) yes, 2 cubes, more than likely 3 or 4 cubes, if the potatoes seem dry.
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese (room temperature)
Some heavy cream preferably warmed with the melted butter. How much you ask? It really depends on the potatoes just add a 1/2 cup then keep tasting. Add more as you see fit. A lot more.
Don't forget the salt and pepper. Season to your taste.
Mix all of that together and say your prayers. I warned you that this recipe was really obnoxious and bad for you.
Roasted Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Sauce: (me) I'm pretty sure I've already done this recipe somewhere on this site before. Until I can figure out how to link it all up it should be under the label: recipes.
I'm sure we are having rolls, gravy, and hopefully, a salad.
Pumpkin Pie: (Robin)
Chocolate Pecan Pie: (Robin) Best. Pie. Ever.
Gooey Pumpkin Cake?: (Stacey) I think this is what she called it. Again, after I get the recipe I'll post it, but she'll probably leave a comment about how I screwed it all up. Sorry Stacey!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream: (me) Robin specifically asked me to make homemade ice cream this year. I got this recipe from David Lebovitz's web site. (Sorry. I have to get my brother Pete over here to show me how to link things up, because I'm not computer literate. Just bear with me for now.) DO NOT mess with this recipe because it's perfect.
Vanilla Ice Cream (courtesy of David Lebovitz):
1 cup milk
A pinch of salt
3/4 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
2 cup heavy cream
A few drops of vanilla extract
1. Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a paring knife. Add the bean pod to the milk.
2. Stir together the egg yolks in a bowl and gradually add some of the warmed milk, stirring constantly as you pour. Pour the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.
3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, then remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Cream Cheese Pound Cake:(me) 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened 3 cups sugar 6 eggs 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 3 cups cake flour Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12- cup Bundt pan. Combine all ingredients except flour and beat until smooth. Add cake flour 1/2 cup at a time. Stir together until smooth. Pour into pan. Bake for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Lemon Glaze for Pound Cake: (me) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted 1 lemon, zest finely grated 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Mix the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon zest and butter. Nuke it for 30 seconds on high. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps. Pour over pound cake.
Homemade Whipped Cream:(me) NO stuff from a can or a tub. If you don't know how to make whipped cream from scratch, I'm not sure why you're even reading this blog. While I'm whipping the cream, I add a little bit of Grand Marnier and of course, sugar.
Shhh... forget some of what I just wrote up there about whipped cream. Because it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it, you have to get one can of whipped cream in the can, so you can squirt it into your mouth! Sometimes homemade stuff is so overrated.
Well, that's our Thanksgiving menu. If you read or see on the news about the family who died of mass mashed potato suicide, it was us!