This was the year! The year I stuck my foot in my mouth and offered to host the family Thanksgiving Day dinner. That went from being an awesome idea, to being one that I kicked myself for. But what other way could I truly try out my new kitchen? So, Mr. Turkey… welcome!
One thing I didn’t realize was how much food was actually involved in Thanksgiving. We normally go to my parents and grandparents house, where we will bring a side or dessert, but nothing prepared me for the planning or the shopping.
On the menu: Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, bread, broccoli and cheese casserole, stuffing, pie, pumpkin tamales. My parents and grandparents brought corn and beans, along with a few other desserts.
Thanks to the Food Network, I found a very tasty mac and cheese recipe, and I used my mom’s recipe for broccoli and cheese casserole. The tamale guy from the Tamale Company supplied the yummy pumpkin tamale’s, and Sam’s club makes a nice boxed mashed potatoes, pre sliced ham, and Stove Top Stuffing. The tough part… the part I was not looking forward to… the turkey. To my surprise, it was fun to prepare and I added a few things to make it extra yummy!
First, I put the turkey in one of those turkey crock pot things I borrowed from my mom. After taking out the innards, I brushed the inside and out with a lemon flavored olive oil. I mixed together sage, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Pampered Chef’s lemon pepper rub, and paprika (about a table spoon of each), and rubbed it all over the turkey. Inside, outside, and under the skin. I got way up in that bad boy. Then I stuffed it with some cut up onions, a stick of butter, and lemon slices. I turned on the pot at 325 degrees for 6 hours, and occasionally basted. The outcome? A beautiful, juicy, flavorful bird (not to toot my own horn).
Now, next year, I think I’ll leave all the work up to my mom. Sorry, Mom!
For more on the holidays:
Tags: crock pot turkey, DFW Food, family Thanksgiving, food network, grandparents Thanksgiving, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, Pampered Chef rub, Parents, pumpkin tamale, Sam's Club, stove top stuffing, tamale, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving traditions, The Tamale Company, turkey recipe