I know, I know…Thanksgiving is a week away. Buuuuuut, I have some recipes to share that just might make you switch up your menu. In the past Big Guy and I have had a mini-Thanksgiving of our own since we go our separate ways on Turkey Day. This year we’re actually spending Thanksgiving together but we still prepared a feast this past Sunday. The menu was prepared weeks in advance (I’m serious) and it was absolutely delicious.
Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce
Leg of Lamb
Maple Bacon Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
Caramel Apple Pie
Cranberry sauce is typically served during the meal, but I switched things up a bit (I never said this was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner). For an appetizer, a hunk of brie, warmed, served with crackers and an Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Cranberry sauce is so easy to make – please don’t buy the jarred stuff!
I know that lamb isn’t a Thanksgiving food, but we knew we’d be eating lots of turkey in the near future. Big Guy wanted to tackle lamb (something he’s never cooked a whole leg of) so lamb it was. We followed a recipe in one of his “grillin” books but it was super simple (well the seasoning part, I know nothing about grilling). We cut slits in the leg and wedged in garlic and rosemary. It was then sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with herbes de Provence and salt.
I think the leg of lamb took about 2 hours to cook (I can’t make any promises-Big Guy is the meat man) to achieve medium-rare. The final product was amazing! Super tender and flavorful. During the cooking process, he brushed the leg of lamb using a rosemary bundle with garlic infused olive oil every 30 minutes.
The Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes were also super easy. I simply pierced the potatoes with a fork, wrapped in a damp paper towel and then microwaved until tender. Beware – they’re super hot when you remove them! Let cool, then mix the flesh of the potatoes with a smidge of butter, milk and maple syrup then top with crumbled bacon. Divine.
The Green Beans with Caramelized Onions were also pretty amazing (and easy!). But anything with caramelized onions are good in my book. I left out the walnuts but I’m sure they’d be a delicious addition.
Quite the Sunday dinner, eh? I absolutely adored the potatoes but then again I love anything related to sweet tators. And the green beans tasted so decadent with the caramelized onions.
For dessert, I whipped up my first apple pie (well, first that I’ve ever made) for Big Guy. And I just realized that I forgot to serve the caramel with the pie. Oh dear. Caramel-Apple Crumb Pie.
Seriously y’all, the house smelled amazing after making that pie.
And I’ve been eating leftovers all week…I added some of the cranberry sauce to oatmeal one morning, tzatziki with the lamb, a lamb and cranberry sauce topped salad…I’ve gotten created around here.
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?