Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My fantasy Thanksgiving dinner

Roasted turkey with garlic cloves and olive oil (no stuffing, just herbs inside) served with a mushroom-infused reduction of the pan juices
Fresh cranberry orange relish
Butterleaf lettuce salad with pear (or tomato) slices and vinaigrette
Grill-roasted herbed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and chunks of squash
Sourdough and butterfly rolls (store-bought) with whipped butter
Baked Granny Smith apples (baked with liquor-and-ricotta filling)
Individual pumpkin puddings (same recipe as pie filling, but substitute brown sugar and double the ginger)

Yes, this is Thanksgiving dinner without gravy, stuffing, pie crust, and whipped cream. I think eating it would make me feel satisfied but not overwhelmed. But I can't imagine having the nerve to serve this for fear people would think I'd joined the food police.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Yum! Sounds great to me.

Anonymous said...

This menu sounds perfect. Your guests will be thankful that you avoid the traditional food torture of providing too much high-caloric, protein/carb combinations. Well done!

Warm regards,


Anonymous said...

I would miss my oyster stuffing but otherwise lead me to it!

Anonymous said...

I would miss the oyster stuffing but otherwise let me at it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious! Is the turkey brined first? Brining makes the turkey incredibly moist.

The Mysterious Traveler said...

Brining the turkey is optional, but I plan to do it this year.