Between Jeff and I we have lots of branches on our family tree, so there are lots of opportunities to do stuff. This year we have agreed to host his step-dad's family gathering at our house. Usually we can expect anywhere from 7 to 16 people for this little shindig. When we did it two years ago I decided to change things up and do something different because I figured everyone would be getting tired of the same old stuff over and over. While the meal was good, it wasn't what I had hoped it would be and I decided that from now on, a more traditional approach will probably be more well received.
So this year, this is our menu -
Finger Foods - I have changed the "name" of this a dozen times. It's not exactly antipasti (although I'm giving parts of it a bit of an Italian flair) and it's more than just a relish tray. Right now it'll have homemade pickles and pepper rings, blue cheese stuffed olives, marinated mozzarella, and garlic toasts with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pesto.
Roasted Turkey Breast - basically the same one I did last year
Ham (this is still iffy) - I think this is my Mother-in-law's contribution to the festivities
Macaroni and Cheese - a new variation on an older recipe. No crock pot.
Dressing and Gravy - Yes, the gravy is coming from a jar. I can only do so much!
Green Bean Casserole - Old faithful
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with assorted toppings - What I hope will be a happy marriage of various traditions
Sour Cream Biscuits
I will probably make a peanut butter pie, a caramel pie, and maybe a key lime pie for dessert, plus I know Jeff wants to make some cookies and candies. Stay tuned for the recipes. I'll eventually link to all of them here.