T-day for 20 in the country!

Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for 20 for a favorite client who lives in the country.  It was a two day event for us, first day of shopping, prepping and baking.

Second day was the final cooking and serving of hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert!  Most of the recipes are my clients’ traditional recipes she’s been cooking for a very long time.  I interjected a few twists but mostly followed her instructions and consider her my T-day Muse!!!

Here’s the menu and two of the pictures we were able to snap on my Blackberry very quickly:

So here’s the menu spent 2 days prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning up, for a client with 20 guests!

  • Hors d’oecuvres
  • SWEET & SPICY NUTS
  • CRUDITE W/ROASTED GARLIC SPINACH DIP
  • TRUFFLE STUFFED EGGS
  • KOBE PIGS IN BLANKETS W/MUSTARD SAUCE
  • GARLIC SHRIMP W/COCKTAIL SAUCE
  • VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS W/ASIAN DIPPING SAUCE
  • SPANAKOPITA
  • TRUFFLED CHEESE & CRACKERS
  • GOAT CHEESE W/FIG JAM & FLATBREADS
  • SMOKED GOUDA & CRACKERS
  • Amuse Bouche
  • ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP SHOOTERS
  • First Course Salad
  • ROASTED PEAR SALAD & TOASTED WALNUTS W/GORGONZOLA/PEAR BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
  • Main Course
  • BRINED TURKEY/STUFFING & GRAVY
  • BRISKET & GRAVY W/RED SKINNED POTATOES & CARROTS
  • ROSEMARY & GARLIC ROASTED POTATOES
  • TWICE BAKED SWEET POTATOES STUFFED WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS
  • GREEN BEANS W/LEMON BUTTER & TOASTED ALMONDS
  • ROASTED BRUSSEL
  • S SPROUTS W/POMEGRANATE & HAZELNUTS
  • CRAN RELISH
  • CRANBERRY MUFFINS
  • CRANBERRY BUTTER
  • DINNER ROLLS & BUTTER
  • Dessert & Coffee
  • CHOCOLATE BROWNIE COOKIES
  • TOLL HOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
  • CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
  • APPLE PIE
  • PUMPKIN PIE
  • VANILLA GELATO

Bronzed Tom Turkey

Sweet Potatoes with Cruncy topping some with Marshmallows

It was a great meal and they all enjoyed it immensely!  Sounds like we’ll be back next year!

Eat Well….Be Well!

And HOPE YOU HAD A THANKFUL DAY!

 

 

 

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4 Responses to T-day for 20 in the country!

  1. rene says:

    sounds–and looks–delicious! hope you get to enjoy your OWN thanksgiving now! xo

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  2. Sounds like an amazing meal! I Really wish I could see more pictures! But I totally get it. When they’re too delicious, it’s too hard to pause and take pics!

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  3. sallybr says:

    In all honestly, I don’t know how anyone can pull such a feast in a couple of days! I am beyond impressed… and the dishes, and the organization, and… WOW!

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  4. Chef Jim says:

    @Rene–we were quite happy being together in the kitchen!!
    @Angelina–It was amazing, only wish we had time to take more pics!
    @Sally—with the best Sous Chef a husband could ask for and the Client’s housekeeper is the best third pair of hands I’ve ever worked with! She carved the Turkey like a real pro, that way Kathy and I could tend to finishing all the other dishes and ensure that everything went out hot! We had the Butternut Squash soup shooters on the table for their sit-down then plated the salad–the sides were placed on the table family style but we provided french platter service for the turkey, stuffing and brisket! Desserts were set up in the butler’s pantry for everyone to ogle then we plated based on requests.

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