Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with just ten days to go I’m going to get right to it and start talking food preparation.
(For those of you outside the USA who may not be celebrating Thanksgiving, these menu ideas are equally suitable for a Christmas or New Year celebration).
Thanksgiving Checklist –
Here is a flexible list of ingredients and ideas for a Thanksgiving meal. Quick, easy, and delicious!
Express option: Buy a BBQ (rotisserie) chicken and use this instead if you need to save on time!
Shallots or green onions, chopped (1 bunch)
Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
Breadcrumbs (1 cup)
Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
(Optional: Cranberries make a nice addition to the stuffing as well)
1/2 cup self-raising flour
(Optional: Add chillis, chives, or green onions to the mix if you are feeling adventurous)
(Alternative: mashed potato, or mash some potato and sweet potato together for something different)
1/2 cup of raw sugar
(I have more written on this pumpkin pie recipe in my August blog entry American Road Trips and Pumpkin Pie).
Pecan Pie ingredients:
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract/vanilla essence, or scrape out a vanilla bean pod as above
1 bag pecans
A graham cracker pie crust (reduced fat crust optional) or make your own crust from graham cracker crumbs
Super simple recipe – mix all ingredients in the order listed above, then bake for 45 minutes at 350F.
We now have on our checklist a meat dish, a salad, roast vegetables, a dessert, and (corn) bread – which are a lot like savory muffins. Also the sauces and stuffing and all the trimmings for the meat. So what’s missing? Hmm, maybe a nice soup to start with! I have been experimenting with several soups lately as the weather is cooling down a lot, and we also recently invested in a food processor. So far I’ve made the following soups: (1) tomato, (2) spinach and lentil, (3) mushroom, and (4) asparagus. Next on the list to try out: (5) leek and potato, and (6) pumpkin. I’ve added the ingredients for a simple tomato soup appetizer below, as it is a nice way to start the meal by presenting guests with a small tasty soup in a bowl or cup, especially in a colder climate. As you can see, we are looking forward to our winter Christmas and our fall Thanksgiving very much. For an Australian Christmas, which is during the hot summer, a seafood cocktail may be a better option! (Stay tuned as always for more tasty meal ideas…)
Tomato Soup ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
7 large tomatoes
1 cup unsalted vegetable stock
1 cup cream (or milk)
Salt, pepper, and parsley to season and garnish
There is always a lot to be thankful for.
Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x