Friends: prepare yourselves for a feast of epic proportions.
Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner at Matt’s parent’s house!
Matt’s best friend from childhood, Thomas, lives right around the corner, and every year the two families have Thanksgiving together. Thomas lives in DC now and he and his girlfriend, Janice, are part of our group of friends there, so it was fun to catch up Here we all are, plus Thomas’s sister, Sarah, in the middle!
The evening began with cheese and fruit:
And a Curried Pumpkin Soup bar:
And then we headed to the table for the real feast!
First, an amuse bouche — Mushroom Wonton Purses:
Then our starter arrived — a seafood course! Ceviche de Accion de Gracias, served in scooped out limes on shell plates:
(Recipe coming soon!)
Next, a palate cleanser: pink grapefruit and rosemary sorbet:
Followed by Tossed Greens with Pomegranate Seeds and Manchego Cheese:
And then it was time for the main event: TURKEY!!
There were two turkeys to choose from — one rotisserie:
And one fried. Look at that golden crust!
As for sides, there was quite the abundance.
Cranberry sauce (courtesy of yours truly):
Roasted carrots and parsnips inspired by my Garlic Herb Roasted Veggies recipe:
Amazing Artichoke Mashed Yukon Golds (working on getting this recipe!):
Creamed Onions (avoided this one — not an onion or a cream fan!):
Corn Pudding (YUM!):
Savory Stuffing Cakes:
And Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
Whoa. So many options, so little space in my tummy! I got lots of veggies and turkey (covered in gravy — I LOVE gravy), and smaller samplings of the heavier items. I wanted to taste everything but not feel overly stuffed or sick — success!
Plus, I had to save room for dessert!
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie with a Gingersnap Crust:
A Seven Layer Caramel Cake:
And a beautiful apple pie:
I had little slivers of each, plus some ice cream What a feast!
With our stomachs full, we all collapsed on the sofa and watched Elf. Thanksgiving success!
I hope you all had great Thanksgiving feasts, too. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekends! We just went and saw “Harry Potter 7” — SO GOOD!! I can’t wait for the last one. But I’ll be sad when the movies are all finished!