Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner

Well this is very long overdue, but here's a recap of our Thanksgiving festivities:

Mom and Dad came in Tuesday night of that week, and we had sub sandwiches from Krauzer's (best subs EVER). On Wednesday, I took them on a tour of New Haven and Yale, mom and I went grocery shopping (plus she bought me some Christmas decor!), and we started cooking the turkey while preparing the casseroles. Then we all woke up at 3 am on Thanksgiving morning to take a 4 am train out of New Haven into Grand Central for the Macy's Parade! We ended up getting a great spot in Times Square, and even though it was very chilly and a lot of waiting, we had a lot of fun. :) Not sure if I would do it again, but now I can say I've done it once! After the parade, we toured NYC for a couple hours with the folks, then came back and had our feast.

Here was our Thanksgiving menu:
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes (a la Mr. G)
  • Stuffing
  • Broccoli Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Deviled eggs
  • Biscuits (a la Pillsbury)
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Crisp
Since I obviously can't put all of these recipes up here (let's be honest; you would never read them all), I'll just put up my favorites, starting with my mom's amazing sweet potato casserole recipe. 

Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole:
  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups sweet potatoes (or yams), cooked and mashed
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 6 tablespoons melted butter
    • Topping: 
      • 3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
      • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      • 6 tablespoons melted butter
      • marshmallows (optional, but I recommend them!)
  • Directions:
    • Bake and mash sweet potatoes.
    • Add eggs, butter, and spices. Slowly add enough milk until mixture reaches pudding consistency. 
    • Pour into greased casserole pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
    • Sprinkle topping mixture and marshmallows on casserole when it comes out of the oven. Return to oven and bake 10 additional minutes.
Mom's Broccoli Casserole:
  • Ingredients:
    • 2 boxes frozen, chopped broccoli - cooked and drained
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
    • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (just buy shredded cheddar)
    • Crackers or bread crumbs
  • Directions:
    • Cook broccoli 5 minutes.
    • Add all other ingredients; mix well.
    • Pour into a greased casserole dish.
    • Sprinkle bread crumbs or crumbled crackers on top.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Andrea's Apple Crisp:
  • Ingredients:
    • 6-8 large apples
    • 1/2 box Jiffy yellow cake mix (not sure where to find Jiffy, so we just got Betty Crocker)
    • 1/2 cup (or more) cinnamon/sugar mixture
    • 1/2 cup oats
    • 1 stick melted butter
  • Directions:
    • Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in a lightly buttered baking dish.
    • Sprinkle with cake mix, oats, and cinnamon/sugar mixture.
    • Layer the apples and dry mix so it makes at least two layers.
    • Drizzle melted butter on top.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
    • Enjoy! :)
The apple crisp recipe is one I got from a friend of Mr. G's mom who gave me a book of her family recipes as a shower gift. It ended up being delicious and a favorite new dessert of ours. 

Here are some photos of the meal:


Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please feel free to comment if you have any crazy family recipes to share. :)

Happy cooking!

- Mrs. G