This weekend I hosted Thanksgiving for RBB’s maternal side of the family. 13 adults and 3 kids. This was my third year hosting it…and my least organized year…but it all turned out ok. My biggest stress was the turkey. Last year I made this (Roasted Turkey Breast with Leek and Cornbread Stuffing)…and it was amazing. When you slice it, each slice had turkey breast rolled around stuffing. Yum. I cannot recommend it enough. But, you need to stuff and roll it right before cooking it. And turkey juices all over my counter stress me out….so I wanted something I could prep ahead of time. In my mind I knew I had stuffed chicken breasts with prosciutto and a mix of herbs, butter and Parmesan. I assumed this would work with turkey too? I could prep it early in the day and then just plop it into the roasting pan last minute. The fact that I only conceptualized this recipe and never actually tested it….stressed me out. And RBB too. Did it work? Well…let’s mosey through the day shall we?….
Leaves Bonham and I traced, cut out and painted.
Our table (we have 3 pieces of wood that hinge together and sit on top of our regular table. Pipe “legs” are on the corners for stability. It’s funny, we have enough china and crystal, but not silver….so we eat on fancy dishes and drink from beautiful stemware…but the flatware is the cheapest tin set that Target could offer. Balances it all out I guess. At least it can go in the dishwasher and doesn’t need to be polished!
I always add small plates of See’s candy to the table. It is something both my maternal grandmother and my parternal grandmother always did, and still do. See’s candy was just part of every family gathering. So I now try and do it whenever I host holidays.
Dates stuffed with almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt. Simply Mel served these to me months ago and I love them. The prefect small bite.
Cranberry Sauce. It’s sooo easy to make, please tell me you don’t serve canned! This year I used Pomegranate Juice instead of water…why? Because Ree told me too! Here is Pioneer Woman’s Cranberry-Pomegranate Recipe. In year past I only ate cranberries because my sister required that we make them, and I felt dumb having her be the only one who ate them. These that I made this year – I ate them because they were amazing. I want to slather them on warm toast…wait….did I save the leftovers…let me go check….
I had wanted to make this fresh French Bread. But when I picked up my turkey breast it was a bit on the small side. There was no “in between” fix…it was either not have enough, or have way too much. I opted for too much….but that meant longer cooking time and therefore no bread…I mean I guess I still could have? But I had planned on making it in the morning and the turkey thing threw me off…so no bread. Only one oven makes it hard. Booo! Anyway, I still like “fresh”…so we did Rhodes Frozen rolls. I was able to bake them last minute while the turkey rested.
Yams. I like mine savory and not sweet. I think they are naturally sweet, so I like to play against it rather than playing it up. I roast them with chili powder, salt, pepper and butter. This time I actually went a tad more on the sweet side and added some brown sugar too. This picture is them in the disposable roasting tin. Usually I am all for trying to reduce and reuse…but with that many people in my house and all that china and crystal to wash…these roasting pans were the smart play. Why this pic and not a proper one with them in a serving dish? I was too embarrassed to take pics with everyone around so I snuck this one while no one was looking. Same with my turkey pics. No pretty pic of the slices arranged on a platter. Sorry folks.
Anyway, about that turkey….
I ordered a boneless breast (actually two, this is just one of the twins) that they butterflied for me. I started with a layer of prosciutto and then topped it with a mix of softened butter, Parmesan cheese, fresh sage, fresh time, salt and pepper. I also put some of that butter mix under the skin and a tad on the outside too. Butter, butter and more butter….
I just went downstairs and took a pic of a leftover slice for you…
You can see the prosciutto and the herbs kind of swirled inside.
Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing were provided by willing guests. Of course there were sweets too….those tomorrow. Easy and yummy…and cute too!