Menu Planning – Thanksgiving
When we moved into our new home back in early August my mom said we would be settled by Thanksgiving.
I laughed at her naivety. My type A personality couldn’t possibly take close to four months to get settled…
Well here we are, just days away from Thanksgiving. And we are almost settled. You win, mom. Again.
We are hosting the holiday (that has quickly become one of my favorites) and it will be the first big family celebration in our new home so it’s a little milestone for us. This home has turned out to be everything we hoped it would be: full of tranquility and ease and a casual, elegant sense of style that works for us, our kids and Luna, our newest addition to the family (you can meet her on Instagram).
So I want our Thanksgiving to evoke the same sense of easy simplicity that I have grown to strive for and appreciate so much in my life these days. The table will be simple (I love the inspiration above via here). The schedule will be relaxed with enough time for cocktails and lounging around and maybe a nap or two. And the menu will be classic and fuss-free. Some of it homemade, some of it pre-made and some of it made by someone else. Because that’s the definition of easy elegance to me. Here’s what I have planned:
Thyme popovers via Ina (I met her last week and she was just as awesome and cool and laid-back as you imagine…more on that someday)
11-layer potato gratin via Bobby Flay (he made this with Ina on her Thanksgiving special and I can’t lie, I finally have a foodie crush on Flay; I never got it until about two weeks ago and now I so get it…)
Turkey (being made by a lovely specialty store down the road…)
Gravy (being made from a box…)
Brussels sprouts roasted with pancetta and balsamic (doesn’t even require a recipe: half them, toss them in oil, s&p, roast them until they’re really crispy with the pancetta and drizzle balsamic)
Cranberry sauce (from a can – who needs to make their own cranberry sauce? Not this girl)
Homemade pies from a quaint little bakery one town over – I ordered one pumpkin for the holiday and one triple chocolate cream…for the hostess
Any easy favorites on your menu that I should know about? Share!