I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving, I know we did! My parents came in for the week. They ended up having to leave early to drive back to Texas, due to the flooding that was going on back home. That is okay though, we enjoyed ourselves while we could.
I don’t know about you, but I only have one oven (at the moment). So when it comes to cooking a whole Thanksgiving meal, a strategic plan needs to be drawn out or things will take even longer. Even though I felt like we were in the kitchen for forever… it could have been a lot longer than it was. I only took photos with my phone, so bare with me. I didn’t want to get my big guy dirty.
A couple nights before we wrote down everything that we were going to cook on my white board so we could compare time for cooking and the temperature. The struggle of having one oven. In my dream kitchen I will for sure have a double oven… one day. Anyways, haha… It turned out to come in handy especially when I realized that I needed to bake the pumpkin for the pumpkin pie. Which I am most proud of, because that is the one dish that was completely made from scratch and something I haven’t made before. I had a mini freak out when I was writing everything down, when I realized everything that I needed to do just for the pie. Mind you the turkey had been soaking in a brine for at least a day at this point. I at least didn’t have to worry about that BIG part of the dinner. My lovely Mummy did that while I was at work one day.
Back to the pie… I had 2 pumpkins to roast, which was no big deal. Pretty much just stick them in the oven and let them take care of themselves for 45 minutes, after they were washed and gutted of course. The problem came when it was time to puree the dang things. It doesn’t sound like it would be that hard, I have a small food processor and a blender that I could use. I opted to use the blender first, since it was bigger. NOPE, that didn’t work. I moved to the processor, NOPE. I have a little bullet blender for smoothies, that should work right? Not so much…
It got to the point where we just put some in a bowl and started using a potato masher to get it to kind of puree. While my mom was mashing, I pulled out my mixer and started beating it that way. (The mixer isn’t pictured because by that point I was covered in pumpkin and already had it all over my phone trying to get it all documented haha.) Turned out the mixer worked out better than the rest. Of course by the time we had every appliance out we managed to get it all done. I got pumpkin everywhere. I got it on my face, in my hair, on the wall, on the floor, and on my Mom. Don’t get me wrong, I had a ton of fun figuring out all this and making a mess. Made some good memories that night. 🙂
The turkey had to be turned over while it was in the brine. Mom and Chris had fun finagling it to flip over while in the bag, without busting the bag or opening it. I was being super helpful and taking pictures of them doing it.
Thanksgiving morning we worked on everything else. Thankfully most of the items we needed for the different recipes measured out and set in groups. Which I can tell you right now, that made it easier and I feel like it helped keep things going in a timely manner.
Here is a photo of us getting our crispy onion toppings ready for baking for the green bean casserole. We ended up using tongs to transport it from the wet batter to the dry batter and that make things easier.
My pumpkin pie pockets gave me some problems with closing but I had at least 2 of them look like they were done right, haha.
Above is before I put them in the oven and below is when they were done.
Everything was delicious, we didn’t do anything fancy since I was mainly focused on the food this year. I’m still getting a hang of doing big meals, since I’m so use to just me and Chris and sometimes our roommates. I’m sure by the time I’m in my thirties I will have it down to a science.