Happy (What I Ate) Wednesday, friends!
Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I’m still trying to hold on to it. In fact, Greg and I roasted our own turkey yesterday and had a second Thanksgiving!
Let me explain. We went over to our friends’ (John and Tiffani) house for the big Thanksgiving meal last week, so we didn’t get to have our own leftover turkey to enjoy. I remedied that by picking one up last Friday, thawing it out in the fridge for four days (!!) and roasting it last night. I’m so excited to have turkey every day for the foreseeable future.
I’ve decided not to post photos of anything that I ate before 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day.. because they’re pretty boring.
If you really want to know, I had a KIND bar early in the morning before we went hiking at Mt. Sanitas and my current favorite breakfast (minus the toast) after we got back home.
Greg and I planned to bring three different side dishes to John & Tiffani’s house. They had invited a group of people over and created a spreadsheet for everyone to type in what they planned to bring (so that we didn’t end up with 6 different green bean casseroles!). They had requested a salad, so I offered to bring that, along with two other sides.
And of course, we brought along some of our favorite local beer!
Some drank wine and others drank Red Bull & Vodka (ew!). Greg and I opted for Upslope while playing a few (hundred) rounds of cornhole in the backyard.
We also snacked on various veggie, cheese, meat and cracker plates.
When it was time for the big show, various dishes were set up buffet style (which is much easier than passing everything around!
There was turkey and ham:
(John & Tiffani had all of their wedding guests write a message to them on a tablecloth when they got married and use it for special occasions. Love that idea!)
Sides included mashed sweet potatoes and mashed (non sweet) potatoes:
And the three sides that Greg & I brought: mixed greens (from the Boulder Farmers Market) with pears, goat cheese and pecans:
and roasted Brussels sprouts (with BACON) and roasted butternut, delicata squash, garnet sweet potatoes and carrots (in a glaze of maple balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil):
I have to admit: the roasted squash, carrot & sweet potato medley was my favorite dish and it was so good leftover!
It was really funny to see that (actual) plate- my grandmother had the exact same china and passed it on to me (it’s currently sitting tightly bubble-wrapped in various boxes until we move again). We actually used to eat on it each Thanksgiving while I was growing up. Tiffani had also inherited hers from her grandmother!
I forgot to take a picture of my actual dessert plate, but it had a slice of this pie on it:
As you can see, it was a delicious BIG meal!
I’m not complaining by any means- but have to admit that I did miss some of the traditional things that my family always makes. It sounds strange to most people, but we’ve always had sauerkraut with our Thanksgiving meal (which I hated as a child but love now!). I also missed my mom’s broccoli casserole (which is like green bean casserole, but uses broccoli instead and is SO much better) and my stepdad’s cranberry sauce. On the other hand, there was definitely enough food to eat and I don’t know where I would have fit anything else in my stomach!
Have a rockin’ day- and stay warm if it’s cold where you are!
What are some (atypical) traditional dishes that your family serves at Thanksgiving? And- what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?