Thanksgiving 2015 Menu

This year marks a big change in how we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Being in the minority, the few London family members make our annual November pilgrimage to New England in to join the family for our most sacred family time time of the year. This year, however marks a great change to the proceedings as basically everyone is coming here and I am hosting.

Thanksgiving in my family is a very collaborative meal. Planning usually starts towards the end of summer with debates about who is making what and new recipes are debated at length. My mother, sister, aunts and cousins all make their signature dishes. This year the plans are on their head and everyone has new tasks for a new venue. As I am hosting, I am in charge of the bird, gravy, stuffing, one cranberry sauce, this roasted pumpkin and kale and Ille Flottante for a crowd.  Everyone else is bringing the rest of the meal.

If you are looking for a little inspo, here are some of the items appearing on our table and a few of the treats that will be available for the gang hanging around over the weekend.


Thanksgiving Menu 2015

Starters to nibble on with drinks:


Gravadlax with Dill and Mustard Sauce

Auntie Dianne’s Chopped Liver

Crudités and Crackers


Nigellas Turkey (cooked upside down with timings as written in Feast.  I stuff it with herbs, an orange and an onion)

Nigella’s Allspice Gravy with these helpful tips from Bon Appetit

Rowley Leigh Cranberry Sauce

Raw Cranberry and Orange Relish

Joy of Cooking Stuffing with Challah, Sage, Chestnuts, Apples and Prunes

Roasted Pumpkin with Kale

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips

Brussel Sprouts with Capers and Walnuts

Red Cabbage Slaw


David Leibovitz Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ille Flottante for a crowd

Apple and Cranberry Crumble

And over the weekend I will have these hanging around for snacks and tea:

Cranberry Bars

Pear, Cranberry and Pecan Cake

Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake

I would love to hear what you make for your festive feasts.  Please leave a comment at the end as I am sure they will inspire me and others in their future menu planning.

To all who are celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving!