We will be hosting 13 of our family and friends here in Chicago for Thanksgiving dinner next week which gave me a mild panic attack when it came to starting to devise a delicious menu! This past weekend, armed with the latest issues of our favorite food magazines and pinterest, we worked out our entire menu and the subsequent shopping list of over a 100 items! So to save you a little time with your menu planning or selecting the dish to bring for your Thanksgiving pot luck, I gathered our entire menu and links to the recipes (with some modifications) right here:
Charcuterie & Cheese Tray: after enjoying a morning with this decadent french toast and a dozen mimosas we will put a big spread of charcuterie and cheese for guests to graze on during the cooking.
Batch Cocktails: I'll whip up a batch each of The Bee's Pajamas & The Brown Derby for our guests to sip on along with the appetizers.
Kale Caesar Salad: This is a classic salad in our house.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts: This will serve almost as another "salad" option and we will be adding a few cups of brown rice and pancetta to this recipe.
Simple Green Beans: because not everything can be drowning in cream or butter.
Braised Short Ribs on a bed of sweet potatoes: I love turkey, but I love red meat more and so does most of my family so we will be braising a big batch of short ribs and serving them over sweet potatoes.
Classic Stuffing: most of our guests are coming from out of town, but the one couple coming locally will be bringing their favorite stuffing recipe.
Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes: We have made this recipe a few times in the past and the best part of it besides the fact that its super tasty is that you can make them the day before!
Gulliver's Corn: This dish is definitely more cream and cheese than corn which seems perectly appropriate for Thanksgiving- plus it's a recipe we have made for the past 20 years of Thanksgivings in my family.
Alton Browns Turkey: because Chris is obsessed with anything Alton Brown does.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Marshmallow topping: this sounds like the fancier more decadent version of pumpkin pie. I'm in!