Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving with Hormel

November's Hormel Family of Bloggers topic is, of course, Thanksgiving!

This is our first Thanksgiving in Colorado, so it will just be the four of us. Because of that, I've tried to carefully craft a menu that won't yield too many leftovers, except of the turkey. I want leftover turkey. It's vital to my freezer cooking plan, which includes making a couple of turkey pot pies and a couple of pans of sour cream turkey enchiladas, as well as leftover turkey sandwiches and soup!

The plan, so far, includes:
  • Bacon wrapped turkey (thanks to Hormel, I have some lovely bacon in the freezer to go with our turkey)
  • Stuffing
  • "Orange" potatoes - a sweet potato casserole with pecans that Ben loves
  • Deviled peas - Faith's request
  • Steamed rice, in lieu of mashed potatoes - that would be Shaun's choice
  • Fresh rolls
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Lemon bars - I'm trying a 2 ingredient version I found on Pinterest
Need advice for cooking a turkey? Jennie-O can help! Just head over to their website and checkout the Turkey Basics section. I've consulted it many times already and I'm sure I'll be back.Looking for some great sides? I blogged our peas and sweet potato recipes on Momtrends last year, they're linked above. They are two standing requests for holiday meals at my house. My favorite pumpkin cheesecake recipes is at the Momtrends link too. Having company over and needed centerpiece ideas for a beautiful table? I love these simple but elegant ideas, and they are easy enough for the kids to help create.

As for what to do about the leftovers? What about a yummy turkey and stuffing pie? Just switch the canned turkey for some diced leftover pieces in this recipe, perfect for the busy shopping weekend after the holiday.

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.


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