Everything But the Turkey
Team! Thanksgiving is nigh. Here at Meryl, it’s one of our favorite days of the whooolleee year. East coast women born and raised, we’ve got some deep-seated, pilgrim-era nostalgia in our souls. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, but most importantly, it’s a time to cook all day long with and for the people you love the most.
But what do you make? How do you choose? How much bread is too much bread? Dry brine or wet brine? Well, we’ve got opinions—and plenty of recipe suggestions—but let’s get straight to the point:
Turkey doesn’t matter.
Controversial opinion, WE KNOW! But hear us out. Turkey, however stunning when golden-brown and whole-roasted, is not the main event. Sure, it’s delicious, but turkey is turkey, and very little will change that. HOWEVER, a potato can be liquid gold; bread can be sherry-drenched stuffing; squash can be a revelation. Sides are what Thanksgiving is all about; sides are what you came here for. It’s like the movie Julie & Julia. Your turkey is Amy Adams. Yes, her scenes are nice—also Chris Messina doesn’t hurt—but ultimately, I’m only here to see Meryl. Meryl is your Thanksgiving sides.
Now, don’t get us wrong. You still need a turkey. You just don’t need to drive yourself crazy over it. Follow this easy recipe from Bon Appetit, and put that big, beautiful brain of yours toward what people are looking forward to the most: sides!
In the end, the key is this: Don’t get stuck on the same old stuff.
Keep your traditional favorites, and throw in something innovative and unexpected. Make some things complicated and some things easy. Buy canned cranberry sauce because it’s actually great. And for Pete’s sake—stop worrying about the turkey.