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Old 11-25-2016, 02:08 AM   #11
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Well, our Thanksgiving was in early October, and I don't think we had turkey then either.

TB had leftover steelhead trout with rice and salad.

I am still fighting a cold so had leftover butternut squash soup and onion focaccia bread. Later I had a Caesar salad. Lots of onion, garlic, lemon...
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:55 AM   #12
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Turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans (no casserole this year) cranberry sauce, olives, pickles, rolls, pumpkin pie and chocolate sundae pie.
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:51 AM   #13
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Were invited to Glenn's daughter's home, which is very near us. Not a crowd. Just her fiance, her two girls (middle school age), Glenn's mom and 4 other family/acquaintances of theirs.

You'd never know there were so few eating because the spread was ginormous:

Roast turkey
Lots of turkey gravy (Gravy can be a beverage in the South.)
Whole baked ham
Country-style green beans with onions and ham chunks
Fresh kernel corn
5-layer salad
Cranberry fluff salad
Cranberries
Mashed potatoes
Hash brown casserole
Sweet potato casserole with candied pecans
3 kinds of cornbread dressing
No stuffing, the turkey was roasted au naturel
We brought 2 dozen potato rolls I'd baked earlier in the morning

Then there's dessert..........

2 kinds of pumpkin pie (one sort of standard, another walnut-pumpkin)
Pecan pie
Good old-fashioned vanilla wafer banana pudding
Heath bar cake
I know there was another pie, but I just can't remember

There was all sorts of beverages (besides gravy) for folks to drink. Water, sweet and unsweet tea, lemonade, soda pop of all manner, coffee, wine. Just about anything one could name.

If it wasn't enough to serve such a fantastic meal, there was a massive hors d'oeuvres spread laid out on a side table in the breakfast area of the kitchen for folks to eat as they arrived to keep from starving as the meal was being prepared/finished.

After it was all over, we were were as stuffed as the turkey could have been.

It was all fabulously delicious and, of course, we were sent home with a big selection of leftovers. I won't have to cook for days, especially since we were gifted with the turkey carcass (not very picked) and a pan full of juices.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #14
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Alton Brown's recipe for brined turkey, giblet gravy, green chile cheddar cheese mashed potato casserole, home made herbed dinner rolls, green bean casserole, home grown butternut squash, 2 kinds of cranberry sauce (canned whole and horseradish sour cream) tossed salad, home canned apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Here is a photo of Dh's first plate and our friends we shared this meal with.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:41 PM   #15
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After all my wishful thinking, T-day was a non-complicated affair and I couldn't be happier. Spent most of the day cleaning rather than cooking.

A small turkey breast so the traditionalists wouldn't rebel. And, as I predicted, no one touched it. Turkey sandwich, anyone?

Deviled eggs
bag of salad (the guest brought this)
steak au poivre
mashed potatoes and gravy
stir-fried green beans

Dessert:
Pumpkin pie with candied pecan topping
mousse au chocolat with homemade cookies and whipped cream

It was lovely dinner! Our first Thanksgiving in our new home. I couldn't be happier.
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:39 AM   #16
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I just took mine up to 160 in the oven hoping it would come up unstuffed to 165.

Think you were observant of temperatures. I kept mine slow, five hours, with a lot of basting at 320, just because it was the first large turkey I've ever done, it was a really expensive free range turkey (I did pay for it), but I really really didn't want to mess it up.
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