Last year I went a little too "all out" on Thanksgiving and we had an insane amount of leftovers. I love leftovers as much as the next person, but it was still too much. My goal this year is to tone it down a little so that we can still have a big, happy meal, but I'm not in the kitchen for two days straight. Here's our simplified Thanksgiving menu for two:
// TURKEY TENDERLOIN
Instead of cooking a full turkey, I picked up some turkey breast steaks from Whole Foods. I'm still trying to find the right marinade for the meat, but going with just the breast meat will really cut down on cooking time and still give us a festive bird to eat.
Please let me know if you have a recommended recipe. The results for "turkey breast" and "turkey tenderloin" are pretty sad compared to the full bird.
// BACON WRAPPED GREEN BEANS
I made these green beans last year and they were awesome. Of course, we need a green on the table, but who says we can't wrap it in bacon?
// CREAMY GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
// CRANBERRY SAUCE
Just a traditional cranberry sauce to smother my turkey. I love loading cranberries up on turkey sandwiches the next day.
// DERBY PIE
While technically not "Derby Pie" (it's trademarked) this Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie was one of the shining stars of our meal last year. I skip the pumpkin and choose chocolate (and bourbon) instead.
Other things I'm considering making, because I cannot stop going overboard:
Parker House Rolls
Baked brie with cranberry sauce
Gravy (dripping free)
Mimosas in the morning
Old Fashioneds in the afternoon
and red wine in the evening
My Thanksgiving Prep Timeline:
Take an inventory of the pantry
Finalize shopping list
Make pie crust
Make Derby Pie
Make Cranberry Sauce
Make mashed potatoes
Make green beans
Make turkey breast
Heat up mashed potatoes
Eat, drink and be thankful!