This was our second year hosting Thanksgiving. The reaction of many seemed to be “wow, that’s a lot of work to do!” But let’s be honest – if you’re making Shabbat dinner every week for your family or for your family & guests – then Thanksgiving is another Shabbat meal before you use the leftovers for the actual Shabbat meal. The key to success for us was putting a menu together & making the food the night before with the exception of the turkey & gravy.
For Shabbat we also tend to make a lot of the food the night before and re-heat for Shabbat dinner. Unless you have flexible working hours, it feels almost impossible to rush home from work on Friday and start preparing a nice Shabbat meal.
We also try very hard to eat a healthy diet but there are a few times a year that we make exceptions and use ingredients that we wouldn’t ordinarily use – like fine sugar & white flour. Thanksgiving is one of those times a year where we let our stomachs control the menu instead of our heads. Which is probably why we also seem to gain a few pounds around Thanksgiving.
Take a look at the menu & some pictures of their outcome below!
Pastry Wrapped Asparagus
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potatoes