Thanksgiving is the ultimate eating holiday, but not necessarily the ultimate “foodie” holiday. Seriously, would you ever have another meal with both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and bread-based stuffing together? Even if you aren’t avoiding carbs, that is just a crazy menu with too many side dishes. But here is the cool thing about Thanksgiving, it is one day of the year when the menu isn’t driven by perfect balance and elegance, it is driven by family and traditions and enjoyment and love. One can’t eat like that everyday, but it is a lot of fun to eat certain things once a year because they remind you of your grandmother or your family back in the South or that time when my sister made some gnarly cranberry sauce at school and brought it home in a dixie cup. No one wanted to eat it but we did anyway and now we laugh about it every year.
Here is our menu.
I’ll update with some photos tomorrow night, but I really hope you’ll leave a comment sharing your must-have Thanksgiving dish. The kind of thing that really makes it feel like Thanksgiving. I won’t bore you with the details, but I assure you that I never would have chosen this menu on my own. I love it anyway because each dish represents a dear family member or friend, even if they won’t be at my table.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee & Classic Bloody Marys
Sausage, Sage and Cornbread Dressing (Bon Appétit)
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate Vinegar
Green Beans (plain, for the kids in case they don’t go for the pomegranate vinegar)
Smoked Turkey (via Facebook advice from my US-based Friends-Who-Smoke-Meat)
Breaux Vineyards Viognier and Nebbiolo