I had my parents and nephew over for dinner on Saturday night and mentioned my plans to make a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. My dad looked at me like I said I was going to cook one of my cats. "A turkey? Why don't you make something else?" he asked. I think he's wanting lamb, but lamb is not a meat I'm in love with.
After my dad's comment (and because I am not the biggest fan of turkey and Thanksgiving in general), I've made a decision: I'm going to let the family decide what I'm cooking. I haven't told the family my plan to have them pick the meal yet, but I'm going for a democratic approach. I'm going to give them five dinner options (below) and then let them tell me their first, second, and third choice picks. From that, I'll tally up a cumulative score for each option and then cook whatever gets the highest score. This will be fun (sorta!).
What would you pick if you were coming to my house for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Here are the options, in no particular order:
- Traditional Turkey Dinner (with stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, rolls, etc.)
- Chicken with Morel Mushrooms (boneless, skinless breasts in a cream sauce with mushrooms. Served with rice, green beans, crunchy bread)
- Boeuf Bourguignon (Julia Child's classic French beef stew, served with hot, buttered noodles and crunchy bread)
- Fettuccine Bolognese (when I don't burn the crap out of it, this is really good dish. The sauce is made of ground beef, pork and veal in a wine and cream tomato sauce. Served with salad and bread)
- Connecticut Beef (this is a family recipe that I've never made! It's chunks of beef and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, topped with scalloped potatoes, cheese and breadcrumbs. Served with veggies and bread)