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Title: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: garc_mall on November 13, 2014, 07:03:24 PM
Hey guys,

Thanksgiving is almost here, and my wife and I are hosting for the first time. We are gonna have 14 people in our house, and its gonna be fun. I am making the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and some brussels sprouts. I might end up making an apple pie. My wife is making the stuffing. What crazy concoctions are you planning for your holiday?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: Stevie on November 13, 2014, 07:12:26 PM
I'm cooking for two this year. We thought about ordering a complete dinner, but the cost is ridiculous. I may order a turkey breast and make all of the sides and rolls.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: HoosierBrew on November 13, 2014, 07:40:39 PM
I make a brined smoked turkey every year - usually a big hit with people who aren't turkey fanatics. Gonna add garlic smashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and balsamic glazed brussel sprouts w/bacon to my list. My wife is an excellent cook too and will carry the rest of the load.

EDIT  -  The brine is water, honey, salt, peppercorns and bay leaves. 24 hrs.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: Jimmy K on November 13, 2014, 07:42:02 PM
I don't know what we're doing for Thanksgiving, but I'm sure it will involve lots of cranberry sauce and pie. It's pie season!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: morticaixavier on November 13, 2014, 07:53:55 PM
we'll most likely do polenta cakes with wild mushrooms, cranberry sauce, creamed onions (cause I gotta have 'em), I sometimes do a seitan roullade with stuffing as the center piece. smashed potatos, and pie, pie, pie.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: AmandaK on November 13, 2014, 08:04:11 PM
Oh! I'm hosting for the first time this year too.  ;D Just 6 of us for a little friendsgiving, but it's a start!

I'm doing a spatchcocked turkey, mushroom stuffing, and roasted acorn squash w/ wild rice, while others are bringing desserts and sides.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: Slowbrew on November 13, 2014, 08:56:27 PM
Oh! I'm hosting for the first time this year too.  ;D Just 6 of us for a little friendsgiving, but it's a start!

I'm doing a spatchcocked turkey, mushroom stuffing, and roasted acorn squash w/ wild rice, while others are bringing desserts and sides.

Careful, the first Thanksgiving we hosted was to be for 4 friends and us who were not going to be able to see family for that year.  Ended up with 2 of my sister's and there entire families alone the 4 friends and a couple of tag alongs, 2 neighbors and us.  Planned for 8, served 19 and still had leftovers.  It was a great dinner.   ;D

Whatever you serve, make it home maid and everyone will be thrilled.

Paul.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: AmandaK on November 13, 2014, 09:05:51 PM
None of us have children and 2/3 of us are homebrewers. I think we'll be fine. ;)

I make nearly everything from scratch, so that isn't an issue either. Well, nearly everything... That tomato paste in a tube is just too convenient!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: pete b on November 13, 2014, 09:12:14 PM
I am the youngest of 6 and we all live near enough to all get together at my parents so everyone brings something. I think we're up to about 25 of us. We do 2 turkeys, my sister does one and I do one. Several years ago I gave up factory farmed meats so I buy a free range organic turkey that gets slaughtered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving from a farm I am friends with. Its expensive but amazing. Store bought turkeys don't taste like turkey (or even chicken) once you have had the real thing. I do a honey Rosemary brine. Since I buy and cook the turkey the leftovers and carcass come home with me for turkey soup etc. This year I'll also make braised leeks and roasted parsnips because I have a big crop of both that I can leave in the ground until the day before.
EDIT: change the words "does" and "do" in the second sentence to "cooks" and "cook"
Also, hurray for tomato paste in tubes!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: garc_mall on November 13, 2014, 09:18:17 PM
Oh! I'm hosting for the first time this year too.  ;D Just 6 of us for a little friendsgiving, but it's a start!

I'm doing a spatchcocked turkey, mushroom stuffing, and roasted acorn squash w/ wild rice, while others are bringing desserts and sides.

Careful, the first Thanksgiving we hosted was to be for 4 friends and us who were not going to be able to see family for that year.  Ended up with 2 of my sister's and there entire families alone the 4 friends and a couple of tag alongs, 2 neighbors and us.  Planned for 8, served 19 and still had leftovers.  It was a great dinner.   ;D

Whatever you serve, make it home maid and everyone will be thrilled.

Paul.

I am worried about chairs more than food, I am always known for cooking too much.

I am gonna do a dry-brined natural turkey (Spatchcocked of course). Stuffing will be cooked under the turkey for the first 45 minutes, and then held until the turkey is done to be warmed back up. Standard homemade Cranberry Sauce, and doing my "famous" roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, onions in a mustard vinaigrette. I just added roasted sweet potatoes to my list because my mom has decided that white potatoes are evil.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: erockrph on November 14, 2014, 01:52:13 AM
I'll be at my Dad's, so not much cooking for me. I do plan on making some cranberry sauce with the last of my cranberries from this year's harvest. My 4-year old should get a kick out of watching/hearing them all pop as they cook up.

I'll probably bring some Sriracha chevre as well. Unfortunately I might have to use store bought cheese as I don't think I'll have time to make up a fresh batch before T-day.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: kmccaf on November 14, 2014, 02:20:29 AM
I'll be at my Dad's, so not much cooking for me. I do plan on making some cranberry sauce with the last of my cranberries from this year's harvest. My 4-year old should get a kick out of watching/hearing them all pop as they cook up.

I'll probably bring some Sriracha chevre as well. Unfortunately I might have to use store bought cheese as I don't think I'll have time to make up a fresh batch before T-day.

I'm 27 and I still get a kick out of the cranberries popping!

Otherwise, the wife and I just tested out a new roasted squash and tart apple soup that was quite good. Gonna need another test to cut through the sweetness. Still need some test batches on the veggie pot pie. Turns out poultry seasoning is great on tofu. The pumpkin chocolate cheesecake is going to be vegan this year, not that that is too much of a change. Looking forward to the broccoli and green bean casseroles as well.

Thanksgiving is by far the best holiday!
Title: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: BrewBama on November 14, 2014, 02:51:28 AM
We always cook at our place. I usually fry one turkey and smoke/roast the other on the WSM. We have a bazillion every year: 4 kids 4 grand kids, SIL, niece, friends with kids, etc, etc. Boat load of food, great beer, football, and a triptophan induced comma.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: chumley on November 14, 2014, 03:32:39 AM
I may or may not do any cooking on Thanksgiving..............I may or may not go hunting that morning..........

But one thing is for sure.  I will be drinking home-brewed saison along with Wild Turkey bourbon as I watch my Philadelphia Eagles kick the snot out of the Dallas Cowboys as well as the same time watching the wax melt off of Jerry Jones' face.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: HoosierBrew on November 14, 2014, 01:29:28 PM

........watching the wax melt off of Jerry Jones' face.


Nice. I'm surprised the Dallas heat hasn't melted his face like a crayon. Maybe the Botox holds it together.    ;)


Full disclosure - I'm a longtime Cowboy hater.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: Stevie on November 14, 2014, 01:32:27 PM


........watching the wax melt off of Jerry Jones' face.


Nice. I'm surprised the Dallas heat hasn't melted his face like a crayon. Maybe the Botox holds it together.    ;)


Full disclosure - I'm a longtime Cowboy hater.
You're not alone. The best thing about Cowboys games, the grocery stores are near empty for a couple of hours.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: reverseapachemaster on November 14, 2014, 04:07:00 PM
My wife's family has a well established Thanksgiving custom of eating with a group of their family friends so I am off the hook for cooking. Although somehow I volunteered myself to cook Christmas Eve dinner for my in-laws.

I usually buy a turkey the week of Thanksgiving when it is dirt cheap and freeze the meat for lean protein over the winter. I just toss it in the oven with some beer, herbs and vegetables.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: chumley on November 14, 2014, 04:36:11 PM
.....

I usually buy a turkey the week of Thanksgiving when it is dirt cheap and freeze the meat for lean protein over the winter. .....

While there is nothing wrong with the cheap turkey (I always buy one and keep it frozen until I smoke it in the summer), if you want to go for the extra "wow" factor, try an organic free range never frozen heirloom turkey.  We bought one a couple of years ago.  The damn thing cost $75 for a 13 lb. bird, but it was night and day better in taste than a Butterball or other commercial brand.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: pete b on November 14, 2014, 04:54:24 PM
.....

I usually buy a turkey the week of Thanksgiving when it is dirt cheap and freeze the meat for lean protein over the winter. .....

While there is nothing wrong with the cheap turkey (I always buy one and keep it frozen until I smoke it in the summer), if you want to go for the extra "wow" factor, try an organic free range never frozen heirloom turkey.  We bought one a couple of years ago.  The damn thing cost $75 for a 13 lb. bird, but it was night and day better in taste than a Butterball or other commercial brand.
+1 to free range turkey. Even the breast meat is moist and flavorful. The fatty parts are as succulent and tasty as pork.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: Slowbrew on November 14, 2014, 08:47:38 PM
My wife's family has a well established Thanksgiving custom of eating with a group of their family friends so I am off the hook for cooking. Although somehow I volunteered myself to cook Christmas Eve dinner for my in-laws.

I usually buy a turkey the week of Thanksgiving when it is dirt cheap and freeze the meat for lean protein over the winter. I just toss it in the oven with some beer, herbs and vegetables.

Christmas Eve Dinner was easy when I was growing up.  A pot of Tavern (sloppy joes for you non-NW-Iowa people), a pot of oyster stew, sliced summer sausage, crackers, cheese and all the Christmas goodies you could eat.  Of course we ate it at 1:30 in the morning after Midnight Mass.   

By the time dinner was over we had to put the duck in for Christmas Day Noon.  ;D

Paul
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: redbeerman on November 18, 2014, 08:51:14 PM
Turkey, mushroom stuffing, mashed taters, sweet taters, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, a couple of green veggies TBD, pie, pie , pie and perhaps some pie.  Eiswein, sauterne, cappuccino, beer, wine, beer, did I say beer?  Oh and bourbon.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
Post by: AnimALE on November 25, 2014, 12:42:51 AM
Hey guys,

Thanksgiving is almost here, and my wife and I are hosting for the first time. We are gonna have 14 people in our house, and its gonna be fun. I am making the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and some brussels sprouts. I might end up making an apple pie. My wife is making the stuffing. What crazy concoctions are you planning for your holiday?
Its funny my TG menu is almost identical to yours except pumpkin puie