Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu – Brown Eyed Baker

This extensive record of all the things we’re preparing to provide for Thanksgiving supper handles the gamut, from cocktails and appetizers to how we’re preparing and cooking the turkey, vegetables, side dishes and, of program, dessert! If you’re still struggling with your Thanksgiving menu, I hope you’ll discover some inspiration underneath.

Thanksgiving is Future Week!

I have generally certainly adored the Thanksgiving holiday break and am elated when it rolls all around each individual 12 months.

Whilst planning a significant meal can be daunting, I continue to keep a spreadsheet with tabs for distinct decades to maintain observe of how lots of men and women we host, what we take in, how a lot, if individuals preferred it, how much was leftover, and notes for what to change for the next year. Indeed, I am completely THAT Particular person, but it is a LIFESAVER when it arrives to preparing the food!

And now, without having additional ado, is our menu for this year…

This calendar year we are acquiring 13 adults, in addition to our a few children and my cousin’s just one-12 months-old, and this is what we’ll be feasting on…

Cocktails

  • We normally have an assortment of drinking water, comfortable drinks, beer, and wine on hand.
  • A range of years back, I built this cranberry cider punch and anyone Liked it. It’s a non-alcoholic consume, but some company chose to spike it with their liquor of decision 😉

Appetizers

I like to retain pre-food apps and snacks really gentle considering that Thanksgiving is these a large and heavy food. This 12 months I am carrying out an assortment of a few distinctive appetizers:

The Turkey!

I have brined a turkey for the previous 10 several years, and strategy to do so again this year. Up until eventually five several years in the past, I had done regular saltwater brines with sugar and aromatics, but 3 several years back, after seeing a recipe in the Wall Street Journal, I tried dry brining. It was easier and produced an unbelievably juicy turkey, so it is come to be my go-to technique ever considering the fact that. [Please note that the recipe link above appears to be behind a paywall, but if you Google “dry brine turkey recipe” you’ll find tons of similar recipes!]

We initially deep-fried a turkey at the very least 10 many years in the past, and I don’t feel we’ll at any time look back. Absolutely everyone agreed that it was the best turkey, ever. We have the Butterball XL Indoor Turkey Fryer, which holds up to a 20-pound turkey (although we fried a 22-pound turkey a couple of decades devoid of any challenges). The indoor fryer is risk-free, quick to use, and the turkey cooks exceptionally immediately. We love it!

(You can examine how we do it below –> How to Deep-Fry a Turkey)

Together with the turkey appear its duo of accompaniments:

  • New Cranberry Sauce – I enjoy this chutney/relish-design cranberry sauce and have been building it for a long time. I also insert in a can of jellied cranberry sauce for those people that favor the nostalgia -)
  • Make-In advance Gravy – This is my go-to gravy due to the fact we deep fry the turkey, there are no pan drippings to make regular gravy.

Facet Dishes

I like to have a wide range of side dishes, encompassing all of the required classes that people today assume to see – stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, corn, and so on. The total you choose to serve totally depends on the quantity of people you are possessing!

  • Stuffing: This 12 months I am going to do my husband’s beloved sausage and apple stuffing, and my aunt will also convey a conventional stuffing, as well!
  • Excellent Mashed Potatoes – I normally triple or quadruple batch this so there is ample for evening meal in addition further to send out property with the leftover turkey.
  • My cousin is bringing a sweet potato dish this calendar year in the earlier, I’ve served up sweet potato gratin and pineapple-bourbon sweet potato casserole for one thing unexpected and different!
  • Salad! I to start with made shaved Brussels sprouts salad with bacon and pecans a handful of many years ago and am bringing it again this calendar year.
  • A further vegetable dish. My sister is managing this 1, so it’s TBD, but in the previous, we have liked corn and blended vegetable casserole, broccoli casserole, Brussels sprouts and bacon gratin, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, cranberries & pine nuts, and eco-friendly bean casserole from scratch.
  • Corn Casserole – Quite probably everyone’s beloved Thanksgiving aspect dish!
  • Supper Rolls – Some a long time I do them homemade, and some several years we get them from the bakery. I haven’t determined which route I’m using yet this 12 months 🙂

(For far more facet dish tips, look at out 27 Thanksgiving Aspect Dishes That Are Superior Than the Turkey)

Dessert

(For more dessert concepts, look at out 29 Thanksgiving Desserts Well worth Saving Place For)

I’d like to hear what you’re organizing to make for Thanksgiving this year!

Are you hosting? Are you bringing a dish somewhere? Give me all of the yummy information!

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