Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Need some inspiration for the holidays? Here's an easy yet elegant alternative menu for Thanksgiving you are going to love


"The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star." ~
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

What is it about this holiday that gives you the warm fuzzies? For me is the smell of freshly cut sage, the sound bacon hitting a hot pan, kiddos watching the Macy’s parade, dogs sitting in the middle of the kitchen watching me cook every step, talking and laughing loudly, and reminiscing about times past.

Yes, is that time of the year. Thanksgiving, a day filled with family traditions and oh yes, food. 


Thanksgiving is always been one of my favorite holidays. There’s nothing I enjoy more than to prepare a festive meal for my family. This year it looks like is just the kids, hub and me so I decided to simplify this year’s menu and not burden myself with tons of food. I came up with a very easy yet elegant menu that will take no more than 90 minutes to cook. Here it goes:


Thanksgiving 2010 Menu

• Roasted Butternut Squash with Orange-Ginger Lobster (you can prepare the soup the day before and the sautee lobster before serving)



• Roasted Marinated Quail with Cranberry-Port sauce.


• Basmati and wild rice with porcini mushroom, white raisins, fennel, and hazelnut  Tip: Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the chicken stock.



• Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Chestnuts and county ham


• Dates with goat cheese, chives, and prosciutto (Appetizer) (this can also be prepared a day ahead)



• Baked Apple Mac and Cheese for the kids. (Add  brie, gruyere, and your choice of cheddar cheese to roux, then incorporate seasoned diced apples)
  

• Corn Spoon Bread with sun dried tomatoes. 


• Dessert: Crunch top apple pie and homemade whipped cream (this version adds applesauce to the apple mix)


• Red velvet and cream cheese brownies (for the kids)


What do you think? In reality all you have to cook if the quail, brussels sprouts and mac and cheese on thanksgiving day. The spoon bread is super easy and it really does not take that long to cook. So as you can easy a little planning can make your Thanksgiving dinner downright heavenly. Are you up to the challange? Lets us know what you are doing. Would love to start gathering ideas for next year.
 
Update:  Don't miss the post from our 2010 Thanksgiving http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/2010/11/happiness-is-table-that.html
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