Maundy Thursday

In our home we celebrate the last supper of Jesus, not with a traditional Jewish Seder supper, like He did, but with a feast more like the American Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly, because we are giving thanks to the One who gave it all! Everyone in the family (unless they’re at work 😦 ), participates in the preparation of this supper.

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Our appetizer spread- veggie tray, fruit tray, crackers with cheese, pickles, olives, chips, and dips!

Onion dip

  • one whole yellow onion, minced
  • 16 oz container of sour cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. fry onion in butter until caramelized, let cool
  2. mix into sour cream, add salt and pepper to taste.

Yum!

Blue Cheese dip

  • 5 oz container of blue cheese
  • 16 oz container of sour cream
  1. heat blue cheese in microwave for 15 seconds on high
  2. mix into sour cream and blend thoroughly.

Deviled eggs

  • a dozen eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • celery salt
  • paprika
  1. boil eggs for 10 minutes, cool, peel, and slice them in half, reserving the yolks in a bowl.
  2. add mayo, Dijon, celery salt, and a dash of paprika, mash well until it forms a thick paste. (add more mayo or Dijon for desired consistency)
  3. Pipe paste into egg whites, and sprinkle with paprika.

For dinner, we had turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, gravy, and a vegetarian turkey loaf, for Racheal, from the freezer section at Wal-Mart.

For the turkey, rub the skin with salt, pepper, and onion powder, then LOOSELY stuff the cavity with stuffing.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes per pound, basting with butter every hour. Let it rest for an hour (while making the potatoes and gravy) before carving!

Gravy

  • drippings from the turkey pan
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat drippings in sauce pan until almost simmering, and add flour, whisking to prevent lumps
  2. add broth slowly, continuing to whisk vigorously until all added
  3. simmer until desired thickness, adding salt and pepper to taste

The trick to the BEST gravy is, less is more. I only salt and pepper it after tasting, and rarely need much at all. The turkey drippings flavor the gravy on their own perfectly!

The NUMBER ONE rule for the best Holiday dinner, is that EVERYONE has to help prepare it! That’s what makes it special! 😉

Nathaniel was working, as was my hubby, so they got a free pass!

Also, don’t forget the four legged family members… they may not be able to chop, slice, or stir- but they have their own contributions to make as well!

Happy Maundy Thursday, everyone! Make good use of your leftovers, and have a happy Easter!

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