Thanksgiving is upon us, and boy do I have a treat (or five) for you. Having just moved to Seattle we are far from family and friends and it will be just the three of us this Holiday. I imagine that many are in our boat but want to celebrate just as much as you would if it were a large gathering. I’ve put together my full menu of what I would serve/have served/did serve my family for a Thanksgiving feast!
The Menu will feature what I consider to be five MUST haves. A big beautiful fall salad, canned cranberries, brussels sprouts with apple butter, stuffing, and the star of the show – ribeye roast.
First on the menu – Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple Butter. Yeah, I know. I hear the collective groan. “Brussels sprouts? Again?!” But trust me, once you plate them with apple butter, they go from the kid everyone avoids at the playground to the prom queen. You can watch how to make my one ingredient apple butter here.
Now, onto a classic, and really, a must. Who needs all the fuss of homemade cranberry sauce when Canned Ocean Spray Cranberries have our backs? (Thank you, Ocean Spray gods!) Before you purists come at me with pitchforks, hear me out. There’s a certain nostalgia attached to that jellied cylinder plopping onto a plate. It’s like a time capsule, taking us back to the kiddie table where our only responsibility was not to spill the gravy. Simplicity has its place, and this canned beauty is Thanksgiving’s unsung hero.
Alright meat-lovers, brace yourselves. This year we’re skipping the turkey and going full throttle with a juicy Ribeye Roast. Yup, you read that right. Turkey had its moments, and while I respect tradition, all I ever really want is a ribeye. You can watch how I cook my Ribeye Roast on Youtube here.
Salad? Yes, salad. It’s a Radicchio and Roasted Squash Salad with a brown butter vinaigrette. Bitter radicchio, paired with the sweet warmth of roasted squash, is the love story we didn’t know we needed this Thanksgiving. Dressed in a brown butter vinaigrette, this salad is the cool, chic cousin who studied abroad and has stories that’ll keep you hooked. You can watch how I put together my salad on Youtube here
Last, but NEVER least, we have the pièce de résistance – **Stuffing**. Or dressing. Or whatever your family calls it. I won’t dive into that debate (we’ve got enough family debates as it is, right?). Soft, crispy, aromatic, and just downright delicious. Every bite is a hug for your taste buds.
So, there we have it! A Thanksgiving dinner that’s a bit traditional, a tad unconventional, and 100% delicious. I encourage you all to give this menu a try, or just pick and choose. Mix things up. Maybe even toss that Ocean Spray can into a game of catch. Who knows?
Until next time, fellow food lovers, stay hungry and always wear your stretchy pants.