Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table?
I'm not a big fan of the type of foods traditionally served at thanksgiving. At my home it's always been Turkey, Giblet & Chicken Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, Basic Green Bean Casserole, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Frozen Yeast Rolls, boxed Mash Potatoes, and canned yams covered in mini marshmallows. We also would have pre-frozen Pumpkins and Pecan Pies with Cool Whip Topping.
Over the last 2 years I've managed to swap in real mashed potatoes, real Cranberry Sauce, and I've had a few failed attempts at different stuffing recipes. This year, in additional to my previous improvements, I plan on swapping out the Canned Yams for some sort of Sweet Potato Casserole made from scratch, adding an alternate white gravy (always disliked brown gravys but family loves them), adding some version of Macaroni and Cheese(Maybe a Beer Cheese and Mac), and I'd like to jazz up the made-from-scratch Cranberry Sauce and Mash Potatoes with extra flavor.
My big project is trying to jazz up Green Bean Casserole. I'm fiddling with the idea of using crispy Jalapenos in place of the Crispy Onions, and adding in sauteed onions, mushrooms, some sort of cheese with the Cream of Mushroom. I might need to test it before the big day. I'm also going to try my hand at a couple of homemade pies. I'm not a fan of traditional pumpkin because of the texture, so I'm looking for a different way of doing one other than a cheesecake.