Since writing this series on our foolproof and oh-so easy Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (see our recipes for the appetizer, soup, salad, turkey and stuffing), I have been reliving this amazing meal – I can almost smell the savory aroma – and now, I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving. I no longer sweat it when having friends and family over because this whole meal is so easy to prepare. And, in fact, my family likes this grand fare so much we repeat it all over again at Christmas.
A big plate of mashed potatoes and gravy makes my son a happy boy. But he can be particular about them. The mashed potatoes can have absolutely NO lumps and the gravy has to be the right thickness. When I first made this gravy, I was thinking that the onions in the gravy would not pass muster, but it turns out that when the onions are thinly sliced and caramelized they add just the right flavor and consistency to the gravy. And the Balsamic Vinegar! OMG! Yum! Needless to say that Chase (the son in question) always looks forward to our Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. He would like me to make this gravy all the time and, even though it is easy to make, I do like to keep some things “sacred” just for the holidays.