Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday. I love to cook, especially large, complicated meals for friends. I also love the foods associated with Thanksgiving but rarely prepare any of them at other times of year. I decided to go all out this year. In addition to the three of us we invited our friends Beth & Dave to share the meal with us.
I used the Epicurious.com iPad app to generate my menu this year. I find big holidays a great excuse to experiment with other people’s recipes and techniques. I love this particular app because there are so many recipes and really detailed reviews by people who have tried the recipes. Even if I don’t follow the recipe closely or make tweaks because of my food allergies I find it fun to be inspired by their different flavor combinations.
Here are the recipes which I based our Thanksgiving feast upon and any notes on adjustments I made:
The only adjustment I really made to this recipe was buying a premade Tandoori seasoning and Garam Masala. I know they’re better freshly made but I already had 2 solid days of cooking and had to cut a few corners. Joel picked these up from Penzey’s for me.
“Simple is Best” Dressing
The first adjustment is rather obvious for us and that was substituting gluten-free bread. I used it as an excuse to try two new brands: Manini’s and Essential Bakery. The breads are very similar (maybe even made at the same facility) and are ok. They are both on the dry side and a little sweet for my taste. They did work great in this dressing recipe though. I used 2 full loaves (I think 28 ounces) which is much more than the recipe calls for but GF bread tends to compress a lot. I also used homemade beef stock which is just what I happened to have on hand.
Cranberry, Fig, and Pinot Noir Chutney
No changes, absolutely delicious. I want to eat this stuff for every meal.
Real Creamed Corn Pudding
I really threw this together at the very last minute, I did not make any adjustments and it was really good. I used to love canned creamed corn as a child and this had the same flavors with way more sophistication.
Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Garlic Oil and Fried Sage
Brussel Sprouts with Shallots & Wild Mushrooms
Both of these veggie sides were simple and delicious.
Pecan Pumpkin Pie
This pie was out of this world. I followed the crust recipe provided but replaced the flour with Bob’s Red Mill GF flour blend.
I also added a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda because Little House on the Prairie told me to. The only other adjustment I made was in the filling. Instead of corn syrup in the Pecan layer I used 1/2 maple syrup and 1/2 honey.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
I made no adjustments to this recipe and suffered the very delicious consequences.