My Thanksgiving Menu

Friends and relations have asked about my Thanksgiving menu this year, which I am happy to share. I am cooking for 4 people, so I may be cutting some recipes in half, but I plan on playing all the hits and trying some new tricks!

Buttermilk-Brined Roast Turkey, because I love Samin Nosrat and if it works for her roasted chicken, it will work for my roasted turkey. I’ve only ever used a salted water brine and grilled my turkey. Fingers crossed for this first-time buttermilk-brined, spatchcocked, oven-roasted turkey! Of course, there will be gravy, but I don’t use a recipe for that.

Cornbread Stuffing, I will be cutting this recipe in half. It’s so delicious, but it makes a lot.

Boulangere Potatoes, because I love Nancy Birtwhistle and if you don’t already follow her on Instagram, start now.

Roasted Delicata Squash, because, squash (!) and color.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, an all-time favorite recipe that actually makes you want to eat salad at Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Chutney, because it includes golden raisins, dried apricots and chopped pecans and it will make your turkey jump for joy.

Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Walnut Streusel, because, honestly, I’m not a big pumpkin pie fan, but the walnut streusel makes this feel (and taste!) special. Here’s my recipe for pie crust. Don’t forget the whipped cream!



8 Responses to My Thanksgiving Menu

  1. Jeannine November 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    Love the buttermilk brined chicken. May have to try it with turkey, as well. I can visualize all the colors on your table.

  2. Kristen Desmond November 11, 2020 at 5:08 am #

    Hi Jeannine! If you do it, let’s compare notes on how it goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Joni Grubb November 11, 2020 at 7:44 am #

    Kristen your menu looks delicious! Definitely adding a couple of these gems to my table. Happy T-Day from SB to DC?

  4. Kristen Desmond November 11, 2020 at 8:29 am #

    Hi Joni! Thanks for the encouragement. I soooooo miss you and SB. Stay well, friend!

  5. Jerrold Freedman November 11, 2020 at 10:02 am #

    please send this meal, fully cooked, to Jerry Freedman. You know the address.

    Hope you and Michael have a safe and happy holiday!

  6. Caroline Wilkie November 13, 2020 at 3:11 pm #

    This all looks amazing!! No surprise…:)

  7. Kristen Desmond November 13, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Jerry! Thanks for the encouragement. Miss you guys and SB!

  8. lisa November 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    So excited to dig in… 2 hours and counting!

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