Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday of the year. It's centered around good food, family, friends, and what you're thankful for. I think the idea is fantastic and take it very seriously every year. I take charge and make the entire meal. I've done it so many times already that I have everything done to a science. The food, the timing, the layout is all put together by me. However, I'm always open to new dishes and ideas. And this year had a couple. Some worked better than others. But overall, the whole dinner was successful.
The turkey is always a must. I don't serve it whole. Instead, I carve it up into smaller pieces so that people can easily serve themselves. Dark meat on the left and white meat on the right. Homemade gravy is on the side (not pictured). This year, I premade turkey stock using smoked turkey wings. That was really successful. It was amazing. Very flavorful and it was a true stock because it was dark brown and gelatinized on its own.
The turkey was very juicy as usual. My method of herbed butter under and over the skin plus 2 batches of bacon never fails. The method creates a self basting scenario. Even the white meat is super juicy. If you want to see the steps to my turkey, please see my old post here.
A ham is also another dish that's present at my Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, I overcooked it. I left it in the oven too long and it dried out. Not only did it looked dried out, but when you used the tongs to pick up a piece, it fell apart. Not good.