For appetizers, the BHG menu had chutney cheese balls. Since we did last minute shopping, I could not, of course, find chutney. So I substituted the chutney with orange marmalade (we also used for glazing the turkey) and the result was still amazing. I paired the cheese balls with Pita chips.
|orange marmalade cheeseballs rolled in (1) pecans and apricots and (2) pistachio and parsley (recipe here)|
I've never had beets before so I was a little iffy about doing this recipe. It turned out to be so good that this salad was actually one of my favorites. I had to modify the dressing since I forgot to get lemons. Instead of lemons I used Calamondin (also called Calamansi) which is a citrus fruit that has a richer flavor than lemons. I also added a little bit more of the pomegranate seeds than what the recipe called for ;-)
|Roasted Acorn Squash and Beet Salad (recipe here)|
Tip: since the marmalade glaze is made of sugar, be sure to check the turkey often after brushing it over to avoid the turkey skin from burning. Here's another first for us, parsnips. I never had parsnips before but I went ahead and followed the recipe with a substitution of pearl onions for the cipollini onions. This side was very healthy and tasted really good!
|Marmalade Glazed Roast Turkey (recipe here) with Garlic Roasted Root Vegetables (recipe here)|
|Herbed Bread and Cherry Cranberry Stuffing (recipe here)|
|modified Homemade Gravy (original recipe here)|
|New England Cranberry Orange Compote (recipe here)|
Everyone loves mashed potatoes with their turkey so hubby was skeptical with this recipe. Until the last minute he was still convincing me to make mashed potatoes. Let's just say that after his first bite, he didn't miss the mashed potatoes LOL
|Parmesan Potato Gratin (recipe here)|
|Green Beans with Pancetta with Brown Butter (recipe here)|
|Cheese and Chives Popovers (recipe here)|
This pie recipe is to-die-for. The tartness of the apples and fresh cherries and fresh cranberries with the sweetness of the caramel- hmmm... need I say more?
|Caramel Apple Cherry Pie (recipe here)|
|Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee (recipe here)|
|Mulled Cider and Pineapple Cocktail (recipe here)|
From our dining table to yours, I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!