Thanksgiving Day in America is time to offer thanks. It’s a time to gather together and eat too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. It’s a day filled with laughter, holiday parades, and football.
Our family is very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving. There are lots of great food blogs on the internet, so it’s not always easy to find that one recipe that becomes a family favorite.
I wanted to share with you our family favorite traditional Thanksgiving menu along with the links to our favorite recipes!
It’s all about the Turkey
When I took over making Thanksgiving dinners a few years ago for my aging mother, I tried several different Turkey recipes. This recipe is absolutely hands-down our favorite!
Stuffed with lemons, onions, garlic, and parsley and covered in Natasha’s flavored butter recipe, the turkey always comes out juicy and delicious!
When the whole family gets together, there is a LOT of mouths to feed, so we usually get a 20+ pound turkey. I started using an oven bag to reduce the cooking time. For example, a 20 lb. turkey will take about 4 ½ – 5 hours, but by using a bag, the time is 2 ½ – 3 hours. (Add another hour if you’re stuffing your bird.) Use what fits best in your time table.
Tips for using an oven bag with Natasha’s Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and leave at this temperature. The turkey will brown nicely inside the bag.
- Put about a tablespoon of flour inside the bag and shake it to coat the inside of the bag. This will keep the bag from bursting.
- Place the bag in the roasting pan and roll the sides down to help hold it open.
- Follow Natasha’s instructions on preparing the turkey.
- Make the flavored butter and stuff it under the skin as directed.
- Place the turkey in the bag and then butter the outside with the remaining flavored butter.
- Tie off the bag and continue to follow these oven bag instructions.
- When the turkey has finished cooking, let it rest in the bag for 15 minutes. Then remove from the bag and place on your serving platter, allowing the turkey to rest at least another hour – if not longer. (Gordon Ramsey says to let it rest for the same amount of time as you cooked it!)
Speaking of Gordon Ramsey, get inspired by watching his amazing Christmas Turkey with Gravy video!
Don’t forget about the gravy! Natasha also shares her wonderful Turkey Gravy Recipe. We love her recipes!
The rest of the menu
Here is the rest of our family favorite traditional Thanksgiving menu. Grab these favorite recipes by clicking on their links!
Found on Simply Recipes
Found on Big Oven
Found on Six Sisters’ Stuff
Found on Peace Of My Day
Found on Taste of Southern
Found on Surviving the Stores