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January 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Cooking, Family, Germany

I was too busy planning, preparing and cooking Thanksgiving to write about it here, which is a bit of a shame. It was interesting trying to pull off a true American Thanksgiving in Germany for eight adults and one child. That’s the largest group I’ve ever cooked for, so there was a bit of a challenge involved even if I could easily find all the ingredients I needed.There was table in the other room with the other side dishes. Honest.

Though once we secured brown sugar as the Asian grocery, and stumbled over sweet potatoes at the supermarket (even if they were kind of small), I wasn’t worried.

Surprisingly, cranberries could be found almost everywhere. For the first time I braved making my own fresh cranberry sauce, which I should have done much sooner: easy, tasty and make-ahead even.

The only mishap was my lack of familiarity with the “fan” oven that cooks things a bit faster than I expected. The turkey was a little over-done because of it. I’ll be on top of that next year.

Here’s what was on the table:

  • Roast, crispy skin turkey with gravy
  • Green bean casserole
  • Glazed carrots
  • Corn on the cob
  • Smashed potatoes
  • Glazed sweet potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce

Everything was hot and ready at the same time, thanks to Conny View definition in a new window and her Mom’s assistance in the final hour. Even with eight people there were plenty of leftovers for the next day. I also relied heavily on Cook’s Illustrated for many of the recipes.

No one getting sick I consider a success. People going back for seconds is a triumph. The thing I was most thankful for was I am off the hook until next year.

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