A Squared: Thanksgiving 2012 Menu Planning

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 Menu Planning

Thanksgiving is only 1 week away... can you believe it? 

I've been busy collecting recipes over the past few weeks in order to be fully prepared for next Thursday's big meal.  I'm a little neurotic (Monica Gellar-style for all you Friends fans out there) and have compiled a list of all of the ingredients that I will need for all of these dishes, added up the total amounts needed (i.e. you'll definitely need butter for more than one recipe), and then arranged them by location in my grocery store-- dairy, deli, produce, baking aisle, etc.  I also went to a different grocery store this year just to find the smallest whole turkey possible.  Blogs are about honesty, so there's a little glimpse inside my crazy for all of you!

So, I wanted to share my tentative menu with you.  These may not be exactly what I end up making, but here are some of the recipes that I will be using, tweaking, or drawing inspiration from on Turkey Day.  I'll share my final products with you post-holiday, but these photos should be enough to make you hungry for now!

For starters/nibbling throughout the afternoon...

Tuscan White Bean Dip
Brie en croute

And for the main course... 

Cider-Glazed Turkey
Fresh Cranberry Compote
Balsamic-Glazed Green Beans & Pearl Onions

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Carrots, Cherries, Walnuts

Pancetta, Apple, Sourdough Stuffing

And the grand finale...

Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

Looks yummy, right?  I can't wait!  Any holiday that is all about food, friends, and family is winner in my book.

Check out some of my other favorite Thanksgiving and holiday recipes here.

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