Why do most people enjoy Thanksgiving? THE FOOD! I mean any holiday really is centered around the food. A ham on Easter and pork on Christmas. Food is the highlight of ANY and ALL holidays. That is why coming up with a menu for our Thanksgiving dinner was a big deal. Most families make a turkey for Thanksgiving including all the staples: stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. But we decided not to make a Turkey.
Our Thanksgiving dinner is a few days after the actual holiday and since our parents will already have turkey before then we decided to nix the turkey. Thanksgiving with no turkey?! That’s just blasphemy! Just what we need is no one eating our turkey because they are literally OVER it. (Think of all the leftovers they will probably eat before our dinner.) It’s only logical to avoid it. So what dinner items did we decide to make for our Thanksgiving?
One thing I love to make at home is homemade pasta sauce and spaghetti. It’s one of Judd’s favorite meals! I suggested we make an Italian dish incorporating Judd’s great-grandmother’s meatball recipe. I decided to make my homemade sauce and plan on doubling the recipe amounts in order to feed everyone. Judd is going to cook some Italian sausages for the sauce since him and my father love that with their pasta. I will cook my thin spaghetti in Chianti to stain and give the pasta a nice flavor. My mother-in-law is bringing a salad and my mom is bringing her famous pumpkin roll. I will also be making my Kentucky Derby Pie which is like one giant chocolate chip cookie in pie form.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at all nervous to cook all this food. It’s my first time hosting a holiday and I want everything to be perfect. But my brother is coming up for Thanksgiving day to stay through the weekend so he will be there to help with cooking. Judd has the day before off to help us prep the sauce and meatballs. He works in food service and knows just how to serve a dish with style. Next week I will be sharing the final step in my Thanksgiving prep…a little family heirloom that will add a nice touch to our dinner.
What do you guys plan on making for your Thanksgiving menu? Share with us!