Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and this year my family is trading snow for sand. Because I love a classic with an added twist (whether fashion or food), I wanted to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with a seaside twist.

Our menu is comprised of our family favorites, with a few personal favorites that I am excited to share with my family (and you!).

Snacks

Crudités

Deviled Eggs

Mom’s Dip

Montaditos de Cochino

Crudités

Some like to snack, and some like to save room for the main course. Enter crudités with this dipping sauce, a hit whether you fall in the former or the latter category.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are a personal favorite. I prefer Paleo Cupboard’s traditional recipe. However, if you want inspiration in adding more substance to your deviled eggs, Nom Nom Paleo offers four favorites (and a short-cut to boiling your eggs).

Mom’s Dip

Though this dip is nameless (known amongst my siblings and I as “Mom’s Dip”), this family favorite makes the menu every year. This savory dip is best paired with a salty chip.

 Montaditos de Cochino

I oftentimes joke that I like to eat my way through a new city. All joking aside, I do believe that the best way to experience a city and the culture is by eating at local restaurants. This is also my husband’s favorite way for me to experience a new city, as it means that the weeks following a trip are spent trying to recreate a meal we’ve ordered.

One of my favorite cities to eat in is Chicago, and one of my favorite local restaurants is Bulerias Tapas Bar (though I prefer the original name (¡Bull-eh-Dia’s! Chicago, and the original dwelling off of Southport). The Montaditos de Cochino, or “Little Mountains of Pork”, have become my favorite appetizer. Though delicious as is (with date jam and parmesan), this Thanksgiving I will be slow cooking the pork in apple butter and serving over crostinis and sliced apples.

 

Main

Honey-Glazed Turkey with Sage and Roasted Garlic

Crab Legs

Honey-Glazed Turkey with Sage and Roasted Garlic

Believe it or not, in my 28 years of eating Thanksgiving dinner, I have never roasted a turkey (gasp!). So, when searching for a recipe, I wanted one that required limited (but delicious) ingredients. As a lover of the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen (and Williams-Sonoma products, to boot), I turned to their Thanksgiving 2016 Menu. They had me at “Honey-Glazed”.

Crab Legs

Though not an annual tradition by any means (South Dakota, where we would normally be spending Thanksgiving, is generally not known for their crab legs), it would seem inappropriate to be spending Thanksgiving in San Diego without having seafood on the menu. Not to mention, crab is my husband’s favorite food.

 

Sides

Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

Cauliflower Mash + Gravy

Green Beans with Almond Gremolata

Warm Kale Salad

Dressing/Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Baguette

Mashed Potatoes + Gravy · Cauliflower Mash + Gravy

Whether made with potatoes or cauliflower, I enjoy my mash made quite simple, with butter and milk, as it is the gravy that makes my heart sing. Though this family recipe only calls for four ingredients, I’m yet to master it. Perhaps 2016 is my year…

Green Beans with Almond Gremolata

Another Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen recipe; if it’s as delicious as it appears in the photo, this side will easily make it’s way onto our weekday menu.

Warm Kale Salad

Speaking of weekday menu, a warm kale salad is a staple on our’s. This simple salad requires few ingredients (six, to be exact), and takes less than five minutes make, from fridge to table.

Dressing/Stuffing

Though not yet tested, this variation by The Pioneer Woman has very detailed instructions, with photos; my favorite kind of recipe to follow.

Cranberry Sauce

The final Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen recipe on the menu, this traditional sauce can be made ahead of time, leaving me more time on Thanksgiving day.

Baguette

Though bread does not normally adorn my plate, I plan on using a slice or two to soak up the remnants of the Almond Gremolata.

 

Dessert

Pumpkin Pie + Whipped Cream

Apple Pie + Vanilla Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie S’mores

Apple Pie S’mores

Peanut Butter S’mores

Pumpkin Pie · Apple Pie

I am a far better cook than I am a baker. Thus, we are leaving the first two items of the dessert menu to the professionals. We plan on using UberEats, an on-demand meal delivery service powered by the Uber app. Though the app was founded in August 2014, UberEats is new to San Diego as of June 2016. Get $15 off your first order with the promo code: PIESANDSIDES (now through November, 23, 2016).

Pumpkin Pie S’mores · Apple Pie S’mores · Peanut Butter S’mores

S’mores are my favorite dessert, hands down. So, I was excited to learn that beach bonfires are permitted at many beaches in California. I will most likely skip the pie and opt for a S’more, or three. As previously stated, I love a classic with an added twist. While Peanut Butter S’mores are a family favorite, it seemed only natural to add Pumpkin Pie S’mores and Apple Pie S’mores to the repertoire.

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See below for my grocery list, by recipe. However, if you’re anything like me, I like to limit my time spent in the grocery store. To do so, I organize my list by department, avoiding multiple trips down the same aisle. View my grocery list, by department, here.

 

Grocery List:

Snacks

Crudités with Paleo Ranch

  • Ingredients
    • Bell Peppers (2)
    • Carrots (5)
    • Tomatoes, Cherry (1 package)
    • Cucumber (1)
    • Celery (5 stalks)
    • Mayonnaise, Paleo (½ cup; Primal Kitchen Brand)
    • Coconut Milk, Full Fat (1/3 cup)
    • Lemon Juice (1 Tbsp.)
    • Parsley, Italian (1 Tbsp.)
    • Chives (1 Tbsp.)
    • Onion Powder (1 tsp.)
    • Dill (½ tsp. dried, or 1 tsp. fresh)
    • Salt, Kosher (1 tsp.)
    • Garlic (½ small clove)

Deviled Eggs

  • Ingredients
    • Eggs (10)
    • Mayonnaise, Paleo (1/3 cup; Primal Kitchen Brand)
    • Mustard, Dijon (1 Tbsp.)
    • Salt, Sea or Kosher (to taste)
    • Pepper, Black (to taste)
    • Paprika (garnish)

Mom’s Dip

  • Ingredients
    • Chips (2 bags; Lay’s Classic Brand)
    • Sausage, Regular (1; Jimmy Dean Brand)
    • Sausage, Hot (1; Jimmy Dean Brand)
    • Onion (½ cup)
    • Chilies, Green (1 can)
    • Tomatoes (2)
    • Cheese, Velveeta (2 lbs.)

Montaditos de Cochino

  • Ingredients
    • Pork Roast (6 – 8 lbs.)
    • Crostinis (24 – 32 pieces)
    • Apple (2)
    • Apple Butter (2 jars)

 

Main

Honey-Glazed Turkey with Sage and Roasted Garlic

  • Ingredients
    • Turkey (12 – 16 lbs.)
    • Turkey Brine (1 jar) (optional)
    • Salt, Kosher (to taste)
    • Pepper, Black (to taste)
    • Rosemary, fresh (2 sprigs)
    • Garlic (6 cloves)
    • Lemon (1)
    • Butter, Unsalted (1 ½ sticks)
    • Sage Leaves, Fresh (7-9 leaves)
    • Honey (1 cup)

Crab Legs

  • Ingredients
    • Crab Legs (TBD)
    • Butter, Unsalted (1 stick)

 

Sides

Mashed Potatoes

  • Ingredients
    • Potatoes, Baking (2 lbs.)
    • Butter, Unsalted (2 Tbsp.)
    • Milk (1 cup)

Cauliflower Mash

  • Ingredients
    • Cauliflower (1 large head)
    • Garlic (5 cloves)
    • Salt (to taste)
    • Butter, Unsalted (2 Tbsp.)
    • Nutmeg (1/4 tsp.)
    • Pepper, Black (to taste)

Gravy

  • Ingredients
    • Browning & Seasoning Sauce (4 oz.; Kitchen Bouquet Brand)
    • Cornstarch (16 oz.)
    • Chicken Base (8 oz.)
    • Turkey Drippings

Green Beans (with Almond Gremolata)

  • Ingredients
    • Garlic (1 clove)
    • Almonds, Slivered (½ cup)
    • Parsley (½ cup)
    • Lemon (2 Tbsp.)
    • EVOO (½ cup + 2 Tbsp.)
    • Vinegar, Champagne (2 Tbsp.)
    • Vinegar, Red Wine (2 Tbsp.)
    • Sugar (1 tsp.)
    • Salt, Kosher (to taste)
    • Pepper, Black (to taste)
    • Shallots (2)
    • Green Beans (1 lb.)

Warm Kale Salad

  • Ingredients
    • Kale (2-3 bunches)
    • Almonds, Slivered (½ cup)
    • Lemon, Juiced (1)
    • Pomegranate (1)
    • Avocados (4)
    • Cheese, Parmesan (1 block)

Dressing/Stuffing

  • Ingredients
    • Cornbread
      • Yellow Cornmeal (1 cup)
      • Flour, All-Purpose (½ cup)
      • Salt (1 tsp.)
      • Baking Powder (1 Tbsp.)
      • Buttermilk (1 cup)
      • Milk (½ cup)
      • Egg (1)
      • Baking Soda (½ tsp.)
      • Shortening (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp.)
    • Bread, Ciabatta (1)
    • Bread, French (1)
    • Onion (1 large, or 2 medium)
    • Celery (5 stalks)
    • Parsley (½ bunch)
    • Butter, Unsalted (1 stick)
    • Chicken Broth (6 cups)
    • Basil, dried (½ tsp.)
    • Thyme, Ground (½ tsp.)
    • Rosemary, Fresh (1 Tbsp.)
    • Salt, Kosher (to taste)
    • Pepper, Black (to taste)

Cranberry Sauce

  • Ingredients
    • Orange (1)
    • Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (1 ½ lbs.)
    • Sugar (1 cup)
    • Cinnamon, Stick (1)
    • Water (3 Tbsp.)

Baguette (1)

 

Dessert

Whipped Cream (1)

Ice Cream, Vanilla (1 quart) 

Pumpkin Pie S’mores

Apple Pie S’mores

  • Ingredients
    • Graham Crackers, Regular (½ box)
    • Marshmallows (½ bag)
    • Caramel Pieces (TBD)
    • Baked Apple
      • Apples (3)
      • Butter, Unsalted (½ Tbsp.)
      • Sugar (1 tsp.)
      • Cinnamon, Ground (1/4 tsp.)

Peanut Butter S’mores

 

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New Month, New Website

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As November is upon us, I have begun thinking about the busy month ahead: My younger brother is moving from South Dakota to Nevada this week, and will be bunking up with my husband and I; Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM this upcoming Sunday, November 6, marking the date and time that our clocks “fall back” one hour (and the sun sets an hour earlier); Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24; the second busiest shopping day of the year is Friday, November 25 (that was not a typo; Black Friday is no longer the busiest shopping day of the year); and Cyber Monday is Monday, November 28 (my personal favorite shopping day). Not to mention, my husband and I have a myriad of mini-trips sprinkled throughout the month (Indianapolis and San Diego, twice).

With the above said, my editorial calendar is also filling up (lucky you!). What can you look forward to on The Collocater this upcoming November? Thanksgiving menu planning and guides for gifting, amongst other musings!

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As my calendar is becoming more and more organized, The Collocater blog itself was feeling less and less organized (Oh, the irony!). Thus, the blog underwent a makeover.

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