So we're getting close to Turkey Day! My cooking list is currently sitting at:
Turkey: 21 lbs, apple cider brine (48 hours*) and apple cider marinate, honey-mustard butter
Dressing: Italian and Pumpernickel breads, onions, mushrooms, apples, bacon
Mixed Veggies: New Jersey white sweet potatoes, carrots, onions- all roasted with the turkey
Mashed Potatoes: Yukon golds, cheddar, sour cream, margarine, bacon, gravy
Sweet Potatoes: wedges roasted with cumin, sour cream/lime/chipotle tabasco dipping sauce
Gravy: stock made from scratch from roasted turkey wings/necks/giblets and veggies, cooked with a roux
Cranberry Sauce: sadly, canned (OceanSpray whole berry)
Pie: Blueberry-Cranberry (hat tip to my fiancee) w/ vanilla ice cream
In the dressing/stuffing debate, I'm in the dressing camp. I like baking my dressing in its own pan. I reserve the turkey pan for roasted vegetables. I'm also against the idea of stuffing in the bird- you need to sacrifice either moistness or food safety to cook stuffing in the bird properly. So I go the dressing route by process of elimination.
Haven't yet decided to tackle making my own cranberry sauce. Also, people who don't have whole-berry sauce make me want to cry.
*The turkey happens to be bathing right now, in fact.
What's everyone putting on the table this Thursday?