Reduce Holiday Stress by Having a Gourmet Catered Thanksgiving Dinner
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning your holiday feast. With Thanksgiving about a month away, and winter holidays following soon after, things can get stressful in a hurry.
It’s hard trying to juggle everything that goes into a wonderful Thanksgiving feast — from the planning, to the purchasing, to the prep, to the cooking and to the serving. By the time the meal has been placed on the table, you will probably be exhausted and have missed out on a lot of the social gathering taking place in your home.
This Thanksgiving, give yourself a break by hosting a catered Thanksgiving dinner. An experienced NY catering company can help you prepare a Thanksgiving feast that is sure to please your guests’ tastebuds, while giving you the chance to enjoy the holiday for once.
Here are some menu items and ideas for your catered Thanksgiving dinner.
Choosing the Right Bird
What would Thanksgiving be without a perfectly roasted turkey? No matter how creative you want your NY catering company to get with your Thanksgiving party menu, it’s important that the main star of the night is the turkey.
One thing that the catering company can do is prepare a bird in a way that you and your guests may not have tasted before. They may brine the turkey for hours before it goes into the oven. This infuses the bird with wonderful herbs and spices, and prepares the skin to become crispy and delectable in the oven.
After stuffing and dressing the bird with various herbs and citrus fruits, the Thanksgiving turkey will come out of the oven looking beautifully cooked. The impressive turkey can be presented on a festive Thanksgiving plate with fresh herbs and slices of fruit as garnishes that tie in the flavors your guests are about to taste.
Instead of the traditional turkey gravy to accompany the bird, your NY catering company will be creative with flavors here as well, possibly whipping up a rosemary and white wine gravy, if those flavors would complement the preparation of the turkey.
Don’t Forget Vegetarians or Vegans
If you have any vegetarians or vegans among your Thanksgiving guests, show them how much you care by preparing a main course they’ll love.
Instead of simply relegating them to side dishes, why not have your NY catering company prepare a filling vegan/vegetarian main course such as a whole roasted cauliflower or mushroom wellington? These dishes will not only leave your guests happy, but they can be prepared with similar flavors and themes as the rest of your Thanksgiving feast.
Sumptuous Side Dishes for Thanksgiving
While the turkey symbolizes the Thanksgiving meal, many would argue that the best part of the meal is actually the sides. Traditional sides on a Thanksgiving dinner table are mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and corn.
While you may have fallen into a rut with your Thanksgiving sides for lack of time, by having a catered Thanksgiving dinner, you can get creative with your sides!
Fresh baked rolls or bread is sure to please your guests and will also get your home smelling wonderful as people start to arrive. While mashed potatoes are almost a must, try offering a second starchy side dish of sweet potato casserole.
Thanksgiving meals can often be without a green vegetable, but that doesn’t have to be the case this year. Cauliflower and broccoli gratin is a great way to have a play on a traditional potato dish while serving your guests some healthy vegetables. Roasted cauliflower steaks and buffalo cauliflower are also trendy and delicious options to try.
Other ideas for sides and/or appetizers could include butternut squash puffs, mac and cheese cups, and roasted Brussels sprouts.
Save Room for Dessert
After chowing down on your Thanksgiving feast fit for a king, your intuition may be to grab a comfy seat in front of the TV and take a tryptophan–induced nap. But don’t forget to save some room for the sweetest part of the meal — dessert.
Pumpkin and apple pies are the old stand-bys when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts. And while you can’t go wrong with offering either (or both) of these to your guests, you can also ask your NY catering company to prepare a twist on these classics.
Apple strudel is a nice flakey alternative to Apple pie. For a twist on pumpkin flavors, try a pumpkin mousse served in wine glasses or mason jars, with ginger snap cookies for dipping.
It’s also great to incorporate the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into not only desserts but after-dinner drinks as well. What better pairing to pumpkin mousse than a steaming cup of cinnamon-spiced latte?
Have a NY Catering Company Handle Your Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the company of family and friends at a sit-down meal. This year, as the host, you can get to enjoy everyone’s company, too, by choosing to cater your Thanksgiving dinner.
Paul Evans Catering, a premier New York caterer serving Manhattan to Montauk, can help you create a delicious and surprising Thanksgiving feast that pays homage to traditions while incorporating new twists as well.
Paul Evans Catering has locations in Long Island, The Hamptons and Manhattan, and can help you choose among endless menu options to help you curate the perfect items for your Thanksgiving dinner Visit their website or call Paul Evans Catering today. Long Island (516) 889-4101, Hamptons (631) 288-5992, Manhattan (212) 321-1822.