I've included everything that gets set out on the big day. I hope you enjoy a few of these recipes.
I first coat the turkey generously with olive oil and kosher salt. I use lots of sage and thyme tucked into the bird, placed under the skin, and sprinkled on top. Once this is done it goes into a 350 degree oven uncovered. Generally, you'll want to cook the turkey 20 minutes per pound, but my oven must be on steroids because it never takes that long. The 30 pounder I mentioned was done in 4 hours. Rely on a meat thermometer instead. (I use about 4-5 whole sage leaves inside the cavity and 3-4 under the skin. I also use 2-3 shredded or torn over the top. I sprinkle generous amounts of thyme on top as well. I use herbs from my garden that have been dried. the rule is to use more fresh herbs than dried.)
I don't over baste my turkey, but I do end up with a good amount of drippings regardless. While the turkey is cooking, I chop up some celery, carrots, and onions (I use 2 stalks of celery and 2 medium carrots roughly chopped. I use about a 1/2 pound of white boiling onions and 16 oz. of broth.) tossed into a pot of organic turkey broth. I have also used chicken broth in a pinch. I don't season anything until it all comes together. Once the turkey is done and resting, I then slowly add the broth to my drippings and put the pot on simmer while I add my spices. I use garlic powder and onion salt to taste. Once I'm happy with the amounts, I add a bit of watered down flour the consistency of pancake batter straight to the pan and stir vigorously so it doesn't clump. The grease from the drippings works in place of creating a roux.
Sage and Onion Stuffing
I first sauté finely chopped onions and a bit of celery in some olive oil then set them aside when they're done. I use dried white bread (about 1 loaf of French bread—any favorite will do), Bell's seasoning to taste—I use a lot, and more turkey broth to season and moisten the bread. I'll add small bits of torn sage as well but I don't overdo it because Bell's seasoning has a lot of sage in it. I add the sautéed vegetables to the bread and mix well. My stuffing goes straight into the turkey.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sorry, nothing terribly exciting here. I open up packages of frozen squash and add about 1-2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup to each.
Roasted Green Beans
Toss 1-1/2 pounds of trimmed green beans in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and coat with about a teaspoon of kosher salt and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes stirring once. You can add shallots, dried cranberries, or nuts to this recipe as well.
Boiled Onions (See above.)
Old-Fashioned Apple Pie