Thanksgiving was pretty low-key this year at our house. It was just the four of us and the cats.
I did roast the annual Ferndale Farms pastured turkey, and there was pumpkin pie, of course. The exciting part was the addition of Otto’s cassava flour to the recipes. It made an awesome gravy thickener, as well as real pie crust and bread rolls. Thank you Paleo Mom and Zenbelly for the pie crust and dinner roll recipes!
So while the rest of the family played and watched the parade on TV, I was in the kitchen.
Most of the food was made the day before, as I only have one oven and it was needed for the turkey. For the fifth year, I used my trusty America’s Test Kitchen recipe for turkey and gravy, substituting Paleo-friendly ingredients. I can always count on them for perfection!
The Chef Alarm (by the makers of the Thermapen) is critical to perfectly roasted meat. The alarm goes off when the probe reaches desired temperature an attaches to the outside of the oven with magnets.
Bent the rules a bit and made fingerling potatoes and stuffing with Udi’s Gluten-Free bread.
See how nicely that gravy is thickening? Even smoother and easier than traditional flour roux.
Added bacon deviled eggs for the appetizer (aka breakfast!) and Tigernut apple crisp.
Pastured eggs with Primal Mayo, scallions and BACON.
FINALLY found this – and it is the BEST! So good I stocked up on a few tubs for Christmas…
just in case there’s a run on it at the co-op – yes, it’s that good! *nom nom nom*
This was Max’s first Thanksgiving feast, and he enjoyed it immensely.
A little cautious about the pie and whip at first…
Then grabbed the whole thing and chomped it down!
BIG smile! Toddler-approved.
Bath time! LOL
Our new kittens Remi & Ella helped with the cleanup. Panda & Raven got some turkey later.
Remi cleaning up after Max
Ella helping dispose of scraps
We had our first snowfall of the season after a mild, extended Fall.
So Alex finally got his wish, and gleefully played in it.
Bundled up Max, only to find he outgrew his snow boots before ever wearing them! Oy!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Time to make notes for next year and start on Christmas celebration planning…