My appetizer menu changed quite a bit from what I posted the other day. Instead, I made a savory Pumpkin Pesto Cheesecake inspired by Julia.
Made with eggs and cottage cheese, the recipe really interested me because I love cooking with Cottage cheese. I think its a great way to add protein and lower fat! I used store-bought fresh Basil Tomato Pesto from Whole Foods and a few tablespoons of Pumpkin Puree from a can. I also used Ritz cracker crumbs as the crust instead of breadcrumbs and I made the whole thing in an 8 inch cake pan, instead of 4 inch. It was a huge hit! I'll be blogging about this recipe later on!
My mom made our first course: Leek Soup. I've tried making this recipe myself, but it never comes out as good as my moms. I think the reason is because there really is NO recipe. My mom cooks as she goes and this soup is my favorite!
I'm going to write another post about brining and roasting a turkey because Dave and I have become quite the expert over the years. We love brining our turkey for at least 20 hours. We think the turkey becomes so moist! We also use a flavored butter on the bird itself. Originally I made an amazing Chipotle Maple Butter and I LOVED it, but was worried it was a little too much for my families tastes. (Don't worry though, I used it later in the best GRAVY ever!) SOooo, I decided to make an herb butter instead. The herb butter was made in the food processor - I combined a stick of butter with a bunch of fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and paprika then we rubbed it over the turkey. And voila!
5 hours ish in the oven and our turkey was done! And once it rested, Dave got slicing!
19 Pound bird= way too much food for 8 people!
Alright now let me give you a run down of the sides.
Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots and Peas.
Hearty Winter Green Saute with Pomegranates and Pancetta.
Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest.
Sausage Herb Stuffing
Smoky Scalloped Potatoes
Mashed Potato and Kale Cakes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Pomegranates
Chipotle Maple Butter Gravy (OMG! So GOOD!)
Natalia was ready to dig in!
Dave's insane plate of food..
And he ate it all! Pretty impressive stuff!
My delicious plate of food : )
After dinner, we rested for awhile and played lots of Wii.
And then we finally ate dessert as well. I feel awful, I forgot to take any pictures of dessert other than what I made! My mother-in-law made Pumpkin and Apple Pie AND Chocolate Chip Blondies. Everything was delicious. I made Pumpkin S'more Bars. And yes, they were as good as they sound!
I'll get all the recipes up on a Google Doc early next week for you guys to enjoy. I'm also going to do separate posts of the dishes I feel were standouts.
Overall it was such a wonderful day with family and I have a lot to be Thankful for.
Including the 3 babies coming in 2012!
Recipes of what I made listed here: Thanksgiving 2011