Happy Thanksgiving Canadian friends! Happy Monday for everyone else =)
My parents host Thanksgiving dinner at my house every year, and have our own traditions
We defrost the Turkey last-minute using methods that go strongly against everything I learnt in my Food Safety class. We swear that we’ll defrost it properly next year. We never do.
It’s marinated in a mixture of crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, cilantro, garam masala, salt and cayenne pepper. Don’t ask for amounts, my mom doesn’t roll that way.
We overcook baby potatoes, brussels sprouts and baby carrots in the turkey drippings.
We always worry about not having enough dessert. Then end up with way too much. (except there’s no such thing as too much dessert!!!)
I try to incorporate some of the more traditional Thanksgiving dishes into our dinner as well
Mashed potatoes with sharp cheddar cheese
Baked sweet potato rounds with cinnamon and coconut oil
Cranberry sauce (fresh cranberries, zest and juice of one orange, splash of maple syrup, splash of Merlot, cinnamon and vanilla, cooked in a small sauce pan until thickened)
Even though pumpkin pie is traditionally served at Thanksgiving, I find it a bit off-putting because the only encounter I’ve ever had with pumpkin pie was a mass-produced, two feet in diameter, soggy pie from Costco a couple of years ago. Overly sweet, too many spices, and I don’t even thing there was any pumpkin involved! In keeping with tradition, I made pumpkin spice meringues dipped in white-chocolate pumpkin ganache
Pumpkin Spice Meringues
- 3 egg whites
- 3/4 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of ginger, clove, nutmeg, salt
White Chocolate – Pumpkin Ganache
- One cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
- 1/4 c. heavy cream
- cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg
DIRECTIONSHeat the cream, pumpkin and spices in a small sauce pan, pour into the white chocolate and stir to melt.
The left over ganache got swirled with more white chocolate to make a pate that was served with pear slices.
Also on the dessert table, German Chocolate
Appetizers were marinated baby bocconcini, I tossed the little mozzarella balls with basil pesto and olives. Also a delicious baked brie with carmelized onions, apple slices and toast