Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011: Giving Thanks To Hill Country

Unforeseen and uncharacteristic laziness put a wrench in what is typically a very traditional holiday. Instead of spending the day at my friend's apartment, contributing a few dishes but mainly enjoying her family's delicious home-cooked fare, this year's Thanksgiving was drastically simplified. My husband and I opted to play host/hostess while we, along with friends, enjoyed a fully catered meal from Hill Country Barbecue Market.

Our first time taking the easy route definitely won't be our last. A large pit-smoked turkey, along with all the trimmings, came packaged and ready for easy reheating, making for one of the fastest, no-fuss preps and clean-ups in Thanksgiving history.

A fully cooked bird was accompanied by pan gravy, skillet cornbread with ancho honey butter, sweet potato bourbon mash, green bean casserole with Durkee onions, white shoepeg corn pudding, Texas toast stuffing, Longhorn cheddar mac & cheese, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, gingersnap pumpkin and Texas pecan pies. Scenes from Thanksgiving 2011 are below.

A note of gratitude from Hill Country
We munched on snacks while the food was quickly reheated
Hill Country's pit-smoked turkey, ready for carving
Expert slicing courtesy of my friend Garth's steady hands
My starch-heavy first plate of sides
Traditional cranberry sauce
Pumpkin pie topped with gingersnap crumble
Texas pecan pie
My only worthwhile contribution- an early morning stop at La Maison du Macaron for an assortment of its seasonal macarons
My husband and I each attempted to win the coveted Thanksgiving wish by tugging on the turkey's wishbone- I think we were being punished for ordering in- we both came up short

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a delicious Thanksgiving meal.