As I raced through Super Walmart yesterday, I noticed a display of thanksgiving feast foods on sale. What struck me was there was almost an entire thanksgiving spread – all in cans. Canned yams, canned gravy, canned beans, canned cranberry sauce, canned pie filling, etc. Through the rest of the store I’m sure you could find boxed stuffing, pre-baked pie crusts, frozen cheesecakes, ready whip topping, and the list goes on. As I hurried past, I wondered what Thanksgiving dinner would taste like if it was all premade. I don’t want to find out.
Around our house, everything in the Thanksgiving Dinner is made from scratch. And although that seems normal to me, I know it’s weird to people who ‘make’ it all from cans or boxes, or even go to a restaurant tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I’m ok with being weird!
Here’s a couple recipes for making some traditional Thanksgiving Dinner dishes from scratch, in case you wanna be weird like me. 🙂
Several years ago I found out how easy it is to make cranberry sauce from scratch. There’s always a recipe right on the back of the bag, or you can use this recipe, which uses some orange juice instead of water – this is the one I’m trying this year.
Last year I made pumpkin pie and forgot one of the main ingredients – 2 cups of half and half! Needless to say, it was very…rich! Read about last year’s Thanksgiving prep at our house here. I have to say, I’m grateful that this year’s prep doesn’t involve getting ready to have a baby the next day!
This year I’m making pumpkin pie from scratch, as well as trying my hand at a cherry almond crumb pie. If you want a good pastry recipe, including detailed directions and photos, I refer you to the definitive post over at Smitten Kitchen – Pie Crust 102: all butter, really flaky pie crust, and Pie Crust 103: rolling and crimping. Her method is close enough to my own grandmother’s that I can recommend it with a good conscience. 🙂
I am so delighted that this year I have the privileged of hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the first time! There will be 10 of us, and everyone is helping out with different dishes. Our menu is as follows…
stuffed with dressing made from homemade egg bread
accompanied by mashed potatoes
sweet potatoes prepared only as my mother-in-law can,
Fresh Egg Bread,
Oreo cookie salad (Holden family tradition)
green bean casserole
(even though only me and my father-in-law like it!)
You still have time to make some of this delectable bread – I have a healthy version of this recipe that includes soaking instructions HERE.
Hope your Thanksgiving Celebration is full of family, friends, and grateful hearts.