Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast!

Cooking Club: November 2009

Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts

Pictured: Pumpkin Bombe
Teresa (Host): Turkey and gravy
Linda: Green Bean Casserole
Ashlin: Turkey Meatloaf Burgers
Jodi: Sweet Potatoes
Lori: Chopped Apple Salad and Maple Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
Shauna: Cauliflower Gratin with Endive
Susan: Broccoli Casserole
Summer: Pumpkin Pie Martinis
Laura: Pumpkin Ice Cream Bombe
Sarah: Cranberry Relish, Apple Pie
Dana: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Side Note: For some reason my camera captured a dreary orange glow in all the photos.

Dish: Cauliflower Gratin with Endive
This was pretty good. It was very expensive to make and hard to find all the ingredients. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart and sometimes it hit or miss with her stuff.
Recipe: Click Here

Dish: Not your Mama's Green Bean Casserole
Fresh, gourmet take on the traditional green bean casserole. Fresh green beans are mixed with a homemade mushroom sauce and topped with a buttery bread crumb and onion mixture.
Recipe: Click here

Dish: Maple Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
This was a delicious pie and had a yummy combination of flavors. It wasn't as sweet as the other pies, which wasn't a bad thing. But, we thought it could use another 1/4 cup of brown sugar. It was topped with a tasty dollop of bourbon whipped cream.

Turkey Meatloaf Burgers with Cranberry Sauce and White Cheddar
This is a great use for all that left over turkey. Everyone gobbled these up! Served hot with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and you have a great post Thanksgiving meal.
Recipe: Click Here

Dish: Apple Pie
It's not Thanksgiving without it. This one was tart and went well with the sweet pumpkin desserts.

Dish: Special Cranberry Relish
"You love it or you hate it". This is a savory take on cranberry sauce. It's a highly requested recipe of Susan Stamberg's from NPR. It combines cranberries, onions, sour cream and horseradish. Judging from the ingredients, you would think it was awful, but a majority of the cooking club really enjoyed this paired with the turkey. If you're adventurous and want to try something unique, this is the recipe.
Recipe: Click Here
Broccoli Casserole
This recipe combines Gorgonzola, heavy cream and bread crumbs. Don't be scared off by the Gorgonzola, it makes the casserole rich and creamy and it isn't pungent tasting like you would think.

Pumpkin Pie Martinis
Before my changes these could have been called booze martinis, because that was about all you could taste. The vodka was a bit strong, so I cut the amount in half and added a drop more heavy cream. And the secret ingredient that balanced out the flavors and made it taste more like pumpkin pie? A small scoop of pumpkin ice cream.
Recipe: Click Here

Turkey and Gravy
This turkey was moist and delicious. All it needed was a good rubbing of butter and herbs and some basting along the way.

Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts,
Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Long name, awesome salad. I had thirds. I don't usually think of salad at Thanksgiving, but this one is tasty enough to add to anyone's Turkey day menu! Delish.
Recipe: Click Here

Dish: Sweet Potato Casserole
These sweet potatoes aren't the typical pureed, bland sweet potatoes that show up on Thanksgiving. Chunks of sweet potato are mixed with butter, marshmallows and brown sugar and baked to bubbly perfection. "These are dangerous and bad, but Thanksgiving only comes once a year."


Pumpkin Cheesecake
Super creamy and perfectly sweet and spicy, just like pumpkin dessert should be!
A ginger snap crust would be delicious with this too.

Pumpkin Bombe
This pumpkin ice cream cake was sooo good! A mix of vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree and lots of yummy spices are housed in a graham cracker crust, topped with walnuts for decoration and chilled to perfection.


Shauna said...

Aaahh memories. Food ones are the best kind.

Shauna said...

Mizumi should be included in your "Salt Lake Eats."
What do you think?

Bake-A-Holic said...

Yes, food ones are the best kind!

I will add Mizumis to the list!

Beth said...

What a wonderful meal! That apple salad looks amazing!


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