Wow, this year’s Thanksgiving in Madrid was AMAZING! I had previously written that I was excited since it would be Luis’ first real Thanksgiving, but it was also the first time he really used his new apartment and it could have been the first time that things got badly stained, BUT- I am so happy to report that nothing bad happened and it was actually awesome.
Backing up to the actual prep…this was an all day ordeal, more like an all WEEK ordeal. It seemed like we prepped for a long time, but it was so worth it. On Saturday, I went to Luis’ apartment around 3 to start getting ready. The things we cooked/ provided (with links):
- Best Thanksgiving Turkey
- Easy homemade stuffing
- Roasted rosemary root vegetables
- Fall butternut-squash salad
- My Mom’s Famous Sweet Potato Casserole
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin cheesecake
- Cheese platter
I chopped, stirred, boiled, baked, and more, for a good two hours before Luis FINALLY showed up with our toddler. I knew we had to get him prepped and in the oven or this would be a turkey-less Thanksgiving…
Putting my hand any further into the thing would have resulted in a call to the fire department, I am positive of that. Also, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN LEGS LIKE THAT? That turkey went to the gym a lot.
“Is this the head side…or the…..?”
Once the turkey was nice a cozy in the oven (any bigger and it would not have fit), we got to work in over-drive, prepping and getting ready. My good friend, Meaghan was a LIFESAVER and let us use her oven to roast the veggies and make the stuffing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. While Luis drove them to her house, I made a cheese plate! My first one, and I have to say, I was pretty impressed.
Soon after that, the turkey was cooked (much to my surprise/ delight!!). Erica and I chopped it up (when I asked Luis to do it, he said “I don’t know how to cut that thing”…or something along those lines), so we handled it. I have to say, I was so impressed with the spread. Everyone brought something to share and it was all AMAZING.
The Spaniards were like… “you’re eating this….for DINNER?”. Yes, yes we are!! This is Thanksgiving, Madrid style!
Once everyone finished dinner, we had dessert, drank a bit, and then played a game that had us all cracking up. We didn’t even realize it was almost 5 am by the time everyone left, but I think that’s a sign that everyone had an awesome time.
An Amazing Thanksgiving in Madrid, indeed.