If it were not for my sister, lover of pie, peeps and cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving this year would amount to stuffing, rolls, and bread pudding — the book deadline is rapidly approaching. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but about a month ago, I called my sister asking if she wanted to meet halfway at a restaurant this year. My sister would not stand for it, and so she is hosting, and my sole contribution will be punch.
If I were to host Thanksgiving, however, this is what I would serve:
Philadelphia Fish House punch, a favorite party trick all times of the year, is a must. If you’ve been enlisted with the merry making, and want to get ahead, here’s a plan: squeeze the lemon juice and make the simple syrup now, and freeze both until turkey day (or the day before to allow time to thaw) along with a bundt pan filled with water for the ice ring. In the meantime, stock up on rum and cognac.
On the side: Alice Waters’ Potato Gratin, a long-time family fave, another one known to outshine the turkey.
Bread: These no-knead thyme dinner rolls are a snap to throw together and bake while the turkey rests:
Though biscuits are fun, too:
Red wine cranberry sauce, an old Sally Schneider favorite :
Stuffing: made on a sheetpan stuffing to ensure a high ratio of crispy edges to creamy center.
Centerpiece: a bowl of quince,
Basic apple pie, dough made in food processor — dough can be made now and frozen:
Pumpkin shmumpkin, squash has more flavor: Ronnie Hollingsworth’s Most Excellent Squash Pie:
All of these recipes are compiled on This PDF for easy printing.
Many more Thanksgiving ideas can be found here.
Wishing you all a fun and relaxing holiday. Happy Happy Thanksgiving.