Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014


I already posted recipes for 3 of the dishes from yesterday’s feast (see these posts for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Roll Turkeys, and Baked Brie with Apricots & Almonds), but I thought I’d share some photos of the rest of our meal. 

Most of my contributions this year were pretty unhealthy, but I did make coconut Brussels sprouts (recipe I posted a few months ago here). They are one of my family’s favorite veggies.  If you don’t think you like them, try them this way, because I guarantee you’ll change your mind.  My Grandpa Jon apparently wasn’t a fan of Brussels sprouts, but my dad said that even he would have eaten these ones.  



For something else healthy, my mom put together a veggie platter arranged like a turkey! 

My favorite dish is the sweet potato casserole – which is basically a dessert by the time it’s topped with the brown sugar pecan topping and toasted marshmallows. 

My Grandma Pat actually cooked the stuffing separately from the turkey this year and it was amazing!  It was her grandmother’s recipe – so my great, great grandmother’s – with sausage and plenty of veggies.  I’ll try to get the recipe from her to share. 

The turkey was stuffed instead with oranges, cranberries, and spices.  My dad had photos gnawing on a huge turkey leg from his very first Thanksgiving, so we recreated the picture this year!


The Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie was devoured quickly – it was the best pie I’ve ever made.  My dad went all out with his birthday slice (you can barely see the pie under all the whipped cream & ice cream…)


We had our meal pretty early, so after a few hours of digesting, we went to celebrate more with my dad’s side of the family.  My cousin Marty’s family made ten different types of pies.  I had slivers of several different kinds, but the one that really stood out was the Crack Pie, which was made using the official recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar.  It has a crumbly oat cookie crust with a sweet gooey filling.  Averie Cooks has a copy of the recipe if you want to try it out yourself. 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from my family to yours!   

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