Thanksgiving Menu 2016

*UPDATE: Pecan pie bar lady said I can share the recipe. So the updated shopping list plus that recipe are at the bottom.


This is a text-only post, sorry! I just wrote up our menu and shopping list, so I figured I’d share! I can’t (yet) share the pecan pie bars because it was a handwritten recipe from a follower, and I don’t know (yet) if she’s okay with my sharing it. It could be a family recipe!

Anyway, here is the menu, followed by the shopping list. I MAY add the pecan pie bar recipe (and updated shopping list) if I get her permission to do so.

One more thing! Here’s our menu from last year (we were feeding 8 people last year, and this year it’s just the 4 of us): http://www.blwideas.com/our-thanksgiving-menu/

The Feast
  1. Roasted turkey breast (smallest possible!) – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/herb-roasted-turkey-breast-recipe.html (I got a digital food thermometer. No need for a roasting pan – a casserole dish + a wire cooling rack also works) – takes about 2 hours for 6-7 pounds, plus 15 minutes before serving
 
  1. Cranberry sauce – http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/homemade-cranberry-sauce/
 
  1. Sausage ciabatta stuffing – http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/bouchon-bistro-ciabatta-and-sausage-stuffing
 
  1. Slow cooker apple cider – http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/09/26/homemade-apple-cider/
 
  1. Garlic mashed potatoes – just boiled potatoes and garlic, mashed with butter, salt, coconut milk (or whatever milk you have)
 
  1. Green bean casserole – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/green-bean-casserole-recipe.html (never made this!)
 
  1. Baked sweet potatoes – just sweet potatoes with some melted butter
 
  1. Pecan pie bars* (recipe shared last year from a follower)
 
Shopping List includes everything but salt, pepper, and olive oil
turkey breast (bone in, skin on, 6-7 pounds or smaller)
10 oz breakfast sausage (sweet or hot, no casings)
1 ciabatta loaf
3 garlic cloves
fresh rosemary
fresh sage
fresh thyme
potatoes
sweet potatoes
1 lemon
1 carrot
2 onions
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cups green beans
1 orange
10 apples (variety!)
1 bag cranberries (we have some already)
1 cup cranberry or orange juice
1 cup maple syrup
1 (10.5 oz can) cream of mushroom soup
1 can french fried onion rings
dry mustard
ground cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cups chicken stock
sugar of choice (just a little, for the cider)
butter
cheddar cheese block (grated, for green bean casserole)
rum or whiskey (to add to the cider, for us)

 
FULL Shopping List includes everything but salt, pepper, and olive oil
turkey breast (bone in, skin on, 6-7 pounds or smaller)
10 oz breakfast sausage (sweet or hot, no casings)
1 ciabatta loaf
3 garlic cloves
fresh rosemary
fresh sage
fresh thyme
potatoes
sweet potatoes
1 lemon
1 carrot
2 onions
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cups green beans
1 orange
10 apples (variety!)
1 bag cranberries (we have some already)
1 cup cranberry or orange juice
1 cup maple syrup
1 (10.5 oz can) cream of mushroom soup
1 can french fried onion rings
dry mustard
ground cloves
2 cups pecans
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cups chicken stock
sugar of choice (just a little, for the cider)
1 2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
flour
butter
cheddar cheese block (grated, for green bean casserole)
rum or whiskey (to add to the cider, for us)
 
*Pecan Pie Bars
1 cup butter
2 2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 cups chopped pecans
 
  1. Line 9×13 pan with foil (leave overhang to help remove).
  2. Cream 2/3 cup brown sugar + 1 cup butter until fluffy.
  3. Add flour and salt until crumbly.
  4. Press crust into pan. Bake 20 min at 350F.
  5. Combine 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, honey, and cream in pot. Stir on medium heat. Simmer 1 minute then stir in pecans.
  6. Pour over crust. Return to oven for 20 min.
  7. Allow to cool fully. Peel off foil and cut into squares.