Turkey (or turkey-free) day recipe round-up
We’ve wrapped up our every-Sunday market schedule for the 2011 season and had a couple of weeks to stay warm and dry, but return in full force next Sunday to allow you the opportunity to do your feast day shopping. My household is mostly-vegetarian household (an occasional scattering of pancetta or a garnish of bacon) and we like to make Thanksgiving meals out of side dishes. I am not one to bother with Tofurkey or “loafs”. I’m not good with meat and am not even going to try to give you any turkey ideas lest I lead you astray. I’ll rely on you all to propose your best turkey preparations.
We have some simple favorites that show up every year like mushroom gravy and roasted brussels sprouts. But I also like to spend an unreasonable amount of time searching, prepping and executing one dish that generate a few oohs and aahs. So I’m on the hunt, trolling websites and blogs, looking for a little inspiration.
What are your inspirations and favorites? I’d love to create a virtual thanksgiving feast in our comments section to help each other out with some creative new ideas.
In the meantime, here are a few of the ideas I’m considering:
Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes a way to sneak some greens in
Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Goat Cheese a good appetizer idea
Cranberry Chutney because we are going to have a cranberry vendor at our Harvest Market!!!!
Pumpkin Creme Brûlée because every celebratory meal should have an excuse to use a butane torch
Saffron Roasted Cauliflower roasting is my favorite (and easiest) way to cook any vegetable
Butternut Squash Risotto leftovers made into risotto cakes would be even better
Mushroom & Leek Galette out of this world if your replace the creminis with an assortment of wild mushrooms
Pear & Almond Chocolate Cake with Cider Glaze sometimes you don’t have to choose between chocolate or fruit for dessert
Haricots Verts with Herb Butter using the French word for a vegetable always sounds more fancy even if it’s a simple dish