It's likely that you've already read my holiday classic, "Thanksgiving My Way", so you'll be pleased to hear that I got DANG close to having Thanksgiving My Way this year. And it's not even Thanksgiving yet!
This pre-holiday miracle transpired when Elise suggested we have a delicious pre-Thanksgiving with her mom and sis, since I'd be making the most of my time off of work by driving 5 hours each way just to eat dinner in Pittsburgh.
Being the unorthodox American that I am, I seized the opportunity to enjoy a delicious ham. There was turkey too, but since no one deserves to spend a minimum of seven hours thawing and cooking a bird, we got a two-ish-pound Jennie O turkey breast that cooks in a bag. It even came with its own gravy. Genius.
On a side note, does it worry anyone else that all of the turkeys in the open freeze row at the grocery story smell vaguely of rotting meat?
Anyhow, the advantage of getting your hands on a breast-only turkey is that there's no opportunity to prepare vile in-the-butt stuffing, which is one of the no-nos of Thanksgiving My Way.
There was no crevice stuffing, but there was:
- Green bean casserole
- Sweet potato casserole
- Mashed redskin potatoes, skins on
- Loads of stuffing with cranberries added
- Mickey's Malt Liquor Grenades
- Gin n juice
- "Two" Buck Chuck
- Delicious coffee
There was almost a pumpkin pie, but our friendly local grocer only carried graham cracker crust.
After dinner, we didn't watch football -- another rule of Thanksgiving My Way. Instead, we relaxed on the couch and enjoyed such classic films as Caddy Shack and the Enforcer.
I had the pain and privilege of going to work the next day, so there was no group breakfast, but Pre-Thanksgiving 2010 was a success. And it went my way. Thanks, Elise!
Without further ado, the photo gallery!
Micro icebox of deliciousness including ham and malt liquor plus Asti and fresh-squeezed OJ for mimosas.
Ham, getting ready to become even more delicious by way of Elise's "How's It Work" Vernor's-based glaze.
Ham and turkey together in the micro-oven. Best friends!
Mt. Marshmallow atop the sweet potato plain.
A toast to celebration meats.
Another gratuitous ham shot.
Gravy -- the only reason people think turkey is delicious.
Dinner plate, before addition of sweet potato casserole and extra gravy.
Prologue: I totally ate leftover ham and green bean casserole while writing this.