Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanskgiving Day Menu

Grilled Turkey --If you like crispy, golden brown skin, tender, juicy meat, and mouth watering flavor, try grilling your turkey this year. It's really quite easy, easier than oven baking! Plus it frees up your oven for more important things like pies.

Preheat your gas grill on Medium. Spray a large foil roasting pan with cooking spray. Clean your turkey inside and out and place breast up in the prepared pan. Sprinkle inside and out with generous amounts of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place pan on grill over indirect heat (turn off center burner if you can) and close the grill. Turkey takes about 15 minutes per pound (about the same as the oven) or maybe a smidge faster. Check on it occasionally and turn the heat down if you need to.

If your grill is too hot, the drippings will burn off; if you want drippings for gravy, keep an eye on your heat.

Smashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
made the traditional way, but with fresh beans

Soft White Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Pie (libbey's of course!)

Apple Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Dinner Diva Menu Week of 11/22

Sunday: Meal Swap meal from the freezer: Beef Lombardi (mine is made and frozen, but here is the recipe)

Monday: ribs, cornbread, applesauce, celery and dip

Making the cherry-zinfandel bbq sauce for the ribs again. My mouth is already watering in anticipation!


Roasted Applesauce

4 red apples, any variety
4 green apples
1 T. olive oil
2 T. honey
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
pinch cloves
pinch orange zest

Preheat oven to 400. Peel, core and coarsely chop apples. Toss apples in a large bowl with remaining ingredients until well coated. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, or until apples are very tender. Using a large serving fork or potato-masher, mash the apples, leaving some chunks. Serve warm.

(Note, if you like smooth applesauce, blend the apples in your blender after they are roasted instead of fork-mashing.)

Tuesday: The streak continues: hot dogs and edamame. Hey, my kids make dinner for themselves once a week--who am I to complain that it's always the same?

Wednesday: grilled steak, leftover cornbread, steamed green beans

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! (Please see my Turkey Day Menu post)

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: pizza