A Thanksgiving Roundup

by Grace Boyle on November 30, 2010

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I hosted Thanksgiving at my apartment this year – my first year of officially hosting. My brother flew in from Providence, Rhode Island and my parents drove in from Iowa. We had 11 people eating with us (friends-who-are-like-family) and later, more friends joined for dessert, leftovers and wine. Here is our menu and enjoy our day through a culinary, photographic tour.

Appetizers/Small Dishes:

  • Dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon thanks to Ashalah.
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Homemade Sweet Potato Rolls
  • Vegetarian gravy
  • Turkey gravy
  • Corn
  • Salad with pomegranate, feta and avocado


  • Vegetarian Lasagna. My mother’s homemade vegetarian, spinach lasagna. It’s filling and our Italian version of Thanksgiving.
  • Mashed Potatoes. I made this easy, but perfect dish.
  • Fingerling mustardy potatoes with crème fraîche, topped with green beans. I made this dish via TastingTable.
  • Fresh, Organic Turkey 15 lbs. The man made, local, organic, free-range turkey. We let the turkey brine over night and then made a garlic, butter and olive oil sauce the day-of to coat the inside, skin and outside of Turkey and with herbs de provence. We also roasted apples, potatoes, garlic and onion with the turkey.
  • Tofurkey. For the vegetarian friendly, my brother made an incredible tofurkey, stuffed and baked. Even the carnivores loved this dish.
  • Roasted Kale with balsamic
  • Roasted brussell sprouts
  • Baked sweet potatoes


  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie. The infamous vegan pie that was posted here by my roommate.
  • Apple Pie with Caramel (times two)
  • Homemade Whipped Cream

Oh, and there was wine. Plenty of it. We even had Kombucha, fresh brewed and made from Monica for a perfect Boulder Thanksgiving. What did you make on Thanksgiving? Anything unusual not on the traditional menu? What is your favorite dish?

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Clare November 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

That tofurkey looks incredible.


grace November 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

It really was! The photo doesn’t do justice. Inside the tofu, underneath it, was stuffing and the outside was covered in balsamic, herbs and olive oil. We baked it for about an hour in the oven, as well. Really amazing!


Chelsea Talks Smack November 30, 2010 at 9:20 am



Jay Boyle December 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

The food was wonderful, the friends and family were the best. Excellent Thanksgiving!!


grace December 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thank you for joining! Love you Dad.


JR Moreau December 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Been doing double time at the gym since this meal, but it was worth it! 🙂


Alex Proaps November 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Awesome menu. I am sure it was wonderful to spend time with so many people. I loved cooking the meal for my family, just as I do every year. So much love in the kitchen.


Grace Boyle November 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

I know, it’s really a great way to celebrate and give thanks. I’m posting this years Thanksgiving soon 😉 Hope yours was amazing.


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