This is my 14th year hosting Thanksgiving for a gaggle of people. Over this time I’ve made some winners and some losers. My favorite recipes involve 3 things. I can make them ahead of time, people always ask for them, and people always reach for seconds and thirds.
These mashed potatoes that I found on the Washington Post website years ago are the best mashed potatoes I have ever had (it is the second recipe in the article, “party potatoes”.) They are creamy and rich and the best part is that you can make them two days ahead and just reheat in the oven day of. Just don’t do a calorie count on them. I have been making them since 2005 and every year people rave. Mashed Potatoes are my favorite Thanksgiving food. I love them so much I had a mashed potato bar at my wedding.
Stuffing was something I struggled with for a long time. I went through about 5 stuffing recipes before I finally settled on this one, I think I found it though Pinterest. This will be my third year making it and it is fantastic. I buy the challah from the place I get it every Friday the Friday before Thanksgiving, let it sit, and then actually make the stuffing the Wednesday before and pop it in the oven the day of.
I am all about make ahead. It is what keeps me sane. That, and wine.
We do something a little bit different with our Turkey. We actually cook our turkey on the Grill. Because we need such a large bird, it frees up the oven for all the sides I need to heat up day of. I’m a vegetarian, as is my sister, and I make sure all the sides are vegetarian, but my guests rave it is the best Turkey they have ever had. The turkey recipe is my in laws, and has been passed down from generation to generation. I would give credit where credit is due, but I have no idea where it came from:
Turkey Whole, Smoked with Garlic-Rosemary Butter