Giving Thanks 2011

This year was the first year having Thanksgiving dinner in my new home(ish – “ish” because it’s not really where I “live”.. long story). This is also our first Thanksgiving dinner with TURDUCKEN!!! I have to admit, that I wasn’t ambitious enough to make the turducken myself from scratch.. all that bird de-boning, stuffing making, bird tying-up, etc. etc. Some day, though, I will make one of these from scratch.

Last year, we were able to make a completely GLUTEN-FREE Thanksgiving. This year, because of the turducken, we weren’t able to succeed in that regard (brown rice and cornbread stuffing were already included with the turducken). But all the sides were kept strictly gluten free.

Tur-duck-hen!

The Menu for an ALMOST Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Creole-Style Tur-Duc-Hen (from Big Easy Foods at Costco.com) with Roasted Root Veggies
Gluten-Free Dressing (my own recipe with mild italian sausage, leeks, mushroom medley, walnuts, apples)
Creamy Mashed Potatoes (made in the slow-cooker)
Brussel Sprouts with Maple Butter Pecans (recipe from The Family Kitchen)
Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Pine Nuts (my own recipe)
Cranberry Sauce (my own recipe)
Corn (from frozen.. nuked with butter and garlic salt.. it’s a dinner staple at my house)
Classic Gravy (from pan drippings and gluten-free)
Apple-Pear-Cranberry Crumble (modified from Epicurious)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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