Switching Things Up for Thanksgiving

If you're like me, you're probably still trying to recover from your food coma. Thanksgiving is often a full long weekend of eating rather that one large feast. 

Last weekend our family got together for an early Thanksgiving and we enjoyed a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings along with lots of appetizers and desserts. So, for Thanksgiving day we went another direction. My husband often works on Thanksgiving and because he's a firefighter, it's a full 24-hours away from home. So, we usually don't get to eat together at all on Thanksgiving. He still has a good meal at the firehouse -- often better than we have at home since there are 6 or 8 guys pitching in to deep fry a turkey and make all the side dishes. Last year, I took the boys out to dinner at a restaurant while Dad was at the firehouse and then we all had our Thanksgiving together the next day. So, this year hubby offered to make a prime rib roast since he would be home. So, of course, I took him up on it. Him cooking the entree --- and prime rib? Uh, yes!!!!

So, he Googled to find out the perfect cooking method and he went to the hardware store and bought a digital thermometer that he can read from an app on his phone to be sure it was at the correct temperature. He rubbed it 24 hours ahead with a seasoning blend. Then when he got off shift on Thanksgiving morning, he came home and removed it from the fridge to let it sit for 2 hours. Then it went on the grill for a couple hours until it hit 140 degrees. It then came off the grill to rest for a half-hour. It was delicious.

I made some shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon, green beans and sweet potatoes. One son made the mashed potatoes and another son made his "Anthony Corn," which he learned to make from a family friend - it's just corn loaded with lots of butter and cajun seasoning. We added some dinner rolls and some horseradish sauce for the prime rib and dinner was served. 

Today I made a turkey breast just so no one felt like they missed out. We had mashed potatoes and stuffing to go with it. But, shhh...I really liked the prime rib roast better. Maybe it can share a day with turkey from now on. :)