It’s almost Thanksgiving!
It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m trying out a few new recipes this week. Do you like to experiment with new sides and dishes or are you a traditionalist who sticks with your tried and true recipes?
Over the last 20 something years, one of the few things that I knew how to cook was a Thanksgiving dinner. My mom taught me her recipes before she died and I made them year after year for family and friends. Perfectly cooked turkey in a bag, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashies, gravy, etc. In that sense I was very traditional and always used our family recipes.
Then I got sick and had to cut gluten out of my diet. So there went the stuffing – one of my favorites – and believe me we tried and tried many different recipes but yuck. So I was forced out of my Thanksgiving comfort zone and started experimenting.
Last year we made this Creole seasoned roasted turkey breast (without a bag) and it was really delicious. I could still eat cheese so we made cheesy mashed potatoes with an aged white cheddar and a green bean salad with a tangy vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and crispy shallots (the essence of a green bean casserole – that recipe is on the blog http://theweeklymenubook.com/2014/07/21/green-bean-salad/). The next night we made a cheesy turkey tetrazzini with the leftovers and froze some of the turkey to add to salads. These recipes are in The Weekly Menu II – The Winter Edition.
This year I’m going to do the Creole turkey again. I’m experimenting with cranberry sauce and trying a tequila jalapeño cranberry relish that sounds amazing so I hope it’s good. I don’t know if I have the patience to make dinner rolls from scratch so we’ll probably buy some GF dinner rolls, too. I’m not sure about sides yet – maybe Parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts and probably a sweet potato dish. Anyway, I feel very lucky we can overindulge a little.