Official 2013 Thanksgiving Day Menu

So this year I hosted Thanksgiving for friends and decided that this meal needed to be the very definition of bounty and (over)abundance. Thank goodness I took the week off from work to accomplish this feat. It was a great fun.  It is because of its focus on friends and food that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of mine. Busy cooking, I forgot to take any photos, but my friends Jack and Dory managed to capture the turkey just out of the oven. Let the Christmas menu planning begin!

Herbed and Brined Turkey
Turkeys & Gravy

Smoked Turkey Ballotine with Prosciutto and Sage
Anne Burrell's Herbed and Three Day Brined Turkey
Apple Cider Gravy


Salt and Pepper Biscuits
Green Beans with Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Molasses
Turnips with Bacon and Pickled Mustard Seeds
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Soufflé with Marshmallow
Apple and Sausage Stuffing Muffins
Alton Brown’s Oyster Dressing
Honey Roasted Acorn Squash
Corn Pudding
Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Cranberry Compote


Lime Coconut Custard Pie
Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie
Pear Pie with Red Wine and Rosemary
Butterscotch Trifle with Curry Crumbles

Maple Pot de Creme