part two – menu
I am so excited that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I woke up early this morning and started working on dishes for tomorrow. Toasting bread for stuffing, and cooking up our families favorite Horseradish Cranberry Sauce. This afternoon the Mister will make the brine for the turkey and deep fry it in the back yard tomorrow. There will be mashed potatoes, fennel salad, and side dishes provided by our lovely guests. I asked them to bring their favorite side from their childhood which I think is a nice way to incorporate everyone’s traditions into the holiday.
How good does all that look? Truth be told these are not the exact recipes that we will be using but I think that most of them will be fantastic. The recipe that I did want to share is our families cranberry sauce. Mom thinks that it might be from her mother, but she is not completely sure. It is one of my favorite things about the day and I would eat it year round, on everything if I could!
cranberry horseradish sauce
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
24 oz cranberries
6 tablespoons horseradish
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Put the first three ingredients in a pot. Slowly stir and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries. Return to a boil for 10 minutes. The cranberries will split, burst and break down. Spoon into a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in the horseradish and mustard. Cover and chill. Put this on everything, you will not be sorry!
I have no idea how many people this serves. It just depends on how much each person will eat and how much you want to have left over. I am also notorious for overestimating how much food we will need. We are having right people to dinner and I made the whole recipe. I am even a bit nervous that we might not have enough, but I am sure we will.
On a side note as someone who works in retail I implore you, not to go shopping on Thanksgiving. If you need something from the grocery store, fine they are open, but the retail chains that are open this year are disgusting. Stores should just be closed on Thanksgiving. Shop online if you are bored and having a shopping emergency. Remember that while you are off work and shopping at midnight there are people there working to make it possible. Trust me, no one wants to be working a midnight to 8am shift at a mega store. So just stay home. That’s all!