For those who might need any last minute ideas, hints, recipes or inspiration for the big meal, I’ve gathered a couple of links here that might be of interest.
On Roasting the Turkey
1. This video entitled Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven kind of speaks for itself. A professional cooking school teacher shows you the way to cook the bird. Her attitude: “You need gravy, cranberries and Pinot Noir.”
2. Here, my friend and superchef Bill Telepan demonstrates how to simply roast a turkey. And the best part is: ONLY TWO INGREDIENTS!
3. In this version, you’ll be sleeping while the turkey is getting ready. Overnight.
On Side Dishes
This year, I’ll be making Mario Batali’s Sausage-Ciabatta Stuffing. The only difference is that I’ll be adding some cornbread into the mix as well.
I’m going to go with this pretty simple Roasted Cauliflower from noted cookbook author Michael Ruhlmann.
Our whipped sweet potatoes will be enlivened with coconut and ginger via Food & Wine.
We’ll also be having a Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts. Normally served with a brown butter dressing, but because our cauliflower is already bathed in brown butter, I’ll instead just use the lemony vinaigrette minus the butter.
I’m big on cranberry sauce because I love this way its tartness cuts through the otherwise richness of the meal. This Cosmopolitan Cranberry Sauce recipe from Epicurious looks cool to me. It uses vodka and orange liquer, just like in a real Cosmopolitan cocktail.
Speaking of which, we’ll start off with a pitcher of vodka-based spirit. I’ll be mixing Absolut Peach vodka with cranberry-raspberry juice, a shot of Cointreau (or another orange flavored liqueur, like Triple Sec), topped with a splash of soda and a squeeze of lime.
I’m going with the Chocolate Idiot Cake, which strikes me as just the right combination of decadence and relative ease to make. Finished with fresh whipped cream.
Enjoy every minute!!!