Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Favorites

 We celebrated Thanksgiving at the home of Melissa, Tim and Peyton
The dining room table was set when we arrived on Wednesday afternoon. 
Notice the plates and glasses are upside down.  My mother always
did this to keep dust off the dishes when she set her table early.
Melissa purchased an organic fresh turkey
we cooked it in my 22 quart roaster.
It was moist and delicious.

 Our Thanksgiving meal preparation was a family project! 
 We planned the menu to be a gluten free meal for Melissa,
including gluten free dressing and gravy.
We served green beans instead of my broccoli casserole,
and my "famous" mashed potatoes for the boys who don't
eat sweet potatoes. 
Note: the dinner roll on my plate below is not gluten-free. :-)   
I made the SIL's favorite Sweet Potato Casserole
with a gluten-free topping. 
We didnt' tell him until after he tasted it. 
Below, the casserole before the topping and baking.
I made the sweet potato mixture Wednesday night,
refrigerated, then sat out 30 minutes before adding the topping.
 The gluten-free flour in the topping didn't set exactly
like the plain flour topping, but it tasted very good.
My recipe is below:


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

3 C sweet potatoes, cooked or canned (I use a 29 oz. Can, drained)
½ C. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ t. salt
½ stick butter or margarine, melted
½ C. evaporated milk
1 ½ t. vanilla
½ C. brown sugar
1/3 C. plain flour
1 C. chopped pecans (I use 1/2 cup)
1/3 stick butter or margarine melted
Mash sweet potatoes.  Add sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix together.   Put mixture into an lightly greased 8x8 casserole dish.  Mix topping ingredients and spread over sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. 
I hope everyone had a fun and restful Thanksgiving Day. 
No Black Friday shopping for me this year! 


Lavender Cottage said...

It makes sense to turn things over to keep them dust free. The turkey looks delicious, did it brown like that in your roaster?
We now have Black Friday sales in Canada but I stay away from the crowded stores.

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

Yes, the turkey browned in the roaster, and best of all using the roaster frees up oven space!

Marty C said...

The upside down plates reminded me of the Dust Bowl documentary that recently aired! We can be thankful we don't have THAT to deal with.

You have a lovely site. That meal looked scrumptious too!

The Teaist said...

That turkey looks mighty good! Glad to hear you had such a nice Thanksgiving :)

relevanttealeaf said...

What wonderful [and delicious looking] family Thanksgiving photos. Glad you had a great day! We did too! ~ Phyllis

racheld said...


Thank you so much for sharing this. We didn't have our usual gathering this year, and looking at your family and that bountiful feast was just like looking at our own of years past---down to the can of cranberry slid whole onto the plate.

Where did she FIND that---I can't buy a can any more that will open at both ends, so we just spoon it out into a bowl.

Lovely Gathering!!


Marilyn said...

No shopping for me either. Just enjoyed family, as it looks that you did also. That is so special to have time with those close to you and your Thanksgiving looks like a special one.

Angela McRae said...

I never knew you could cook a turkey in a roaster. Deep fryer, yes, but roaster? That's new to me, and I must investigate this--cooking the turkey is always my least favorite part of the meal, and this might greatly simplify things next time. THANK YOU!

Stockpiling Mom said...

Best Day of the Year :-)


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