My First Adult Thanksgiving
On Monday, I started to feel really disappointed that I would be missing my family's Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever. My heart ached as I thought about missing out on seeing my nephew, who seems to be getting bigger with every passing minute, and all the wonderful food my brother-in-law spends all day cooking.
Fortunately, my boyfriend's brother wanted to host Thanksgiving at his Tribeca apartment, where I was able to cook an amazing feast while surrounded by beautiful friends. We ate our weight in roast turkey, which we catered from Kitchenette (along with gravy, cranberry sauce, and 2 pies), plus:
- Ciabatta, chestnut, and pancetta stuffing
- Cornbread, sausage and cranberry stuffing
- Smashed potato casserole topped with crispy parmesan
- Green bean casserole
- Baked macaroni and cheese with panko topping
- Crispy brussel sprouts with pancetta (modified from this)
- Southern sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, cornflakes and pecans
All of which I made by myself (pat on the back for me, thank you).
We couldn't stop eating because everything was so delicious. It got to a point where we were physically unable to move afterwards:
It was a beautiful night filled with good friends, great food and breathtaking penthouse views.
I also learned a few things from my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner like prepping everything you possibly can beforehand. I bought pre-cut vegetables from Fresh Direct, which saved a lot of time and tears (onions are the worst). For everything else, I measured out the proper portion, chopped, diced, minced, and put them in labeled ziploc bags. I also assembled the casseroles in the morning so that I could pop them in the oven closer to dinner. I bought an electric chafer from Amazon, where the finished dishes sat so they would keep warm while the other food was still being made.
I had also printed out all my recipes, searched through their reviews for recommended modifications (don't add that much milk to the green bean casserole but add a lot more broth to the ciabatta stuffing). I even made a schedule for baking in order to minimize the time between the oven and the table and maximize warmth.
All my planning allowed me time to sample cheeses at Whole Foods for our cheese plate, pick up forgotten items like napkins and serving ware, and have a nice glass of merlot while waiting for everything to bake :)