Although not a Thursday dinner with friends, real Thanksgiving was a dinner on a Thursday that I prepared (with help!), so I think it counts :)
Herb Roasted Turkey
Everyone said this turkey was one of the best they'd ever had. It was quite moist -- I almost thought it was undercooked, but the temperature and color were right. I think I am just used to overly dry turkey and didn't know how to process this texture! Flavor was great. Ina, as usual, can do no wrong.
I made this on Fake Thanksgiving as well. Awesome gravy.
Rosemary Sage Stuffing Balls
I can never decide how substantial a stuffing to make on Thanksgiving. I like stuffing with sausage in it, but it feels to heavy for a day with so much other food. These stuffing balls are on the lighter side, especially if you form the balls into small portions. I thought this stuffing was ok, but not spectacular tasting.
Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
These are the world's best mashed potatoes. Nothing else comes close. Time saving tip - we use steam and serve potatoes from the freezer section cooked in the microwave. Foodie card revoked, I know.
This was ok, but I thought it was a little bitter. I would be interested in trying this again with turnip instead.
Carrots and Parsnips with Honey
I make these all the time - yummy!
Brussels Sprouts Salad
The inspiration salad in the post is one at Picnic, a cute food store/restaurant in Seattle. I looooved the brussels sprouts salad I got there (for free as a sample on the side of my turkey sandwich -- it outshone the sandwich!), but this one did not even come close. I think the dressing must be different. I prefer roasted brussels sprouts for now, unless I am headed to Picnic :)
Frozen corn, nothing special. The peas are a tradition in my family, from my mom's uncle I believe. I call them "silver can peas" -- they are LeSueur early peas and come in a silver can, obv. They are their own unique flavor.
Framboise Cranberry Sauce
Dad vetoed the "fancy cranberry sauce", so this cranberry sauce was also accompanied by one from the can. He can't have Thanksgiving without slicing off some cranberry jelly, using the can markings as cut lines. I stuck to the framboise cranberry sauce, and it was delicious. I think I prefer Ina's cranberry conserve from Fake Thanksgiving, though -- it is more interesting.
Orange Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls
These were the biggest disappointment of the night. My yeast was either dead or I killed it, because these barely rose and were dry and dense when cooked. I also didn't taste much orange or pumpkin. Sad :(
Coffee Toffee Pie
The filling and whipped cream parts of this pie were delicious, but the crust could use improvement. The rice krispies/melted sugar combination was difficult to work with and kind of bland. The recipe did not call for nearly enough chocolate to provide a seal on top of the crust, which would have helped with some sogginess issues.
We were also lucky to have a myriad of cookies and other pies from my mom and her friends. Too much dessert!