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Anyone here cooking a Thanksgiving meal, and if so.....

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Earlybird Fri 09-Nov-12 17:54:09

......what will your menu be?

I am hosting this year (by default, and am NOT an accomplished hostess <understatement>), so would greatly appreciate some inspired menu ideas / tips.

Need ideas for all of it - starters, main, sides, pudding, etc., and any menus /recipes (with links if possible) would be a godsend.

Also, any brilliant ideas re: table decorations / centrepieces?

I've got 12 adults and 8 children coming. Help!

ramonaquimby Fri 09-Nov-12 17:59:25

Thanksgiving dinner is really just a fancy roast, kind of like a Xmas dinner. Check out Martha Stewart for ideas

Knowsabitabouteducation Fri 09-Nov-12 19:19:55

We do turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, followed by pumpkin pie.

I like to keep it distinct from Christmas, which is a lot more lavish for us.

NettoSpookerstar Fri 09-Nov-12 19:24:22

I'm considering it, though I'm not American and it's only DD and I.
I just love cooking and trying new things, and we love American food.
I'm lurking about for tips, and have been noting down things from Chowhound too.
I particularly want to do the green bean casserole with mushroom soup!

NatashaBee Fri 09-Nov-12 19:25:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Grockle Sat 10-Nov-12 23:36:13

I am! I'm not American and do everything but the turkey so do the whole thing wrong! This year, I'm going to make veggie corn dogs with mac & cheese grin I'll be at work so won't have time to do anything else. I will make pumpkin bars too.

SoggyMoggy Sat 10-Nov-12 23:47:19

We do turkey Alton Nrown style, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet corn and dinner rolls. Pumpkin pie for dessert.

SoggyMoggy Sat 10-Nov-12 23:48:48

Alton Brown style, sorry. Oh! And cranberry sauce!

SoggyMoggy Sat 10-Nov-12 23:51:34

Alton Brown's gorgeous turkey recipe.

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 10-Nov-12 23:52:56

When is thanksgiving? I might so an american day, mac and cheese, fried chicken corn on the cob...

Grockle Sun 11-Nov-12 00:02:25

22nd November - 4th Thursday of the month

I usually do mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows/ brown sugar & cinnamon, green bean casserole (but it's hard to find the dried onions over here), dressing, rolls etc.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 11-Nov-12 00:07:12

Explain sweet potatoe and marshmallows to me please <drool>

Grockle Sun 11-Nov-12 00:09:33

Best to google for quantities & ingredients but basically, you mash sweet potatoes, put them in a dish, pour mini marshmallows on the top then put it back in the oven/ under the grill so they melt & go brown. It is delicious but very sweet and sickly.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 11-Nov-12 00:13:24

Mmm I am so nicking that for my american dinner thankyou!

SoggyMoggy Sun 11-Nov-12 00:20:29

Oh, and decor wise ... My folks do the whole tasteful scattering of fall leaves thing. At my house, I have one of these that I dress in a blindfold and leave in the center of the table with a wicker cornucopia. Guests have been known to ask why the heck it's blindfolded. I point out they're welcome to remove the blindfold, but then they have to make it face them, because I can't handle the sad little look.

I must be a damned good cook, because people keep coming back, blindfolded turkey toy and all.

Knowsabitabouteducation Sun 11-Nov-12 06:57:37

You can get French's onions, and lots of other American ingredients from Ocado.

Grockle Sun 11-Nov-12 13:47:26

Can you? I have a Ocado account! Yay!

NettoSpookerstar Sun 11-Nov-12 16:33:30

No Ocada here but I see Amazon have the onions and tinned pumpkin.

Grockle Sun 11-Nov-12 16:56:01

American Fizz sell everything too. Don't know what shipping costs are like.

MadCap Sun 11-Nov-12 17:04:33

Grockle, I love Alton Brown.

You can usually get crispy onions with the salad condiments. I've gotten them before from Sainsbury and Tesco.

We usually do a chocolate pudding pie for dessert. But I don't have any jello pudding this year. sad

MadCap Sun 11-Nov-12 17:05:28

Sorry Soggy not Grockle! Dog!

NettoSpookerstar Sun 11-Nov-12 17:07:27

I quite recently tried an Alton Brown recipe for Mac and Cheese which I served with homemade corn dogs. Bloody lovely.
I boutht DD marshmallow fluff this week from Asda. She loves it.

MadCap Sun 11-Nov-12 17:08:46

Do they show Alton's show over here?

NettoSpookerstar Sun 11-Nov-12 17:12:25

No idea, I got it from Chowhound.

Knowsabitabouteducation Sun 11-Nov-12 20:55:55

TBH, a Thanksgiving meal isn't much more than a typical UK Sunday lunch. It might be a big thing food-wise in the USA, but they don't have the same roast dinner tradition that we have.

So, it's a roast dinner with turkey as the meat. It's no big deal. You can do a meat and two veg meal.

One of the big things about Thanksgiving is that it isn't Christmas. The secondary trappings of the day should not detract from the main message. Don't let your menu, effort of preparation, and table decorations take away from what Thanksgiving is all about (being thankful).

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