I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Mine was a wonderful dinner spent with my family on the North Fork of Long Island.
I’m blessed with a family of talented cooks and my brother and sister-in-law took charge of dinner with me serving mostly as prep-cook for most of the day.
I don’t have any recipes to share today but our dinner was so delicious that I wanted to share with all of you. Because I know by this point you haven’t had your fill of turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes or cranberry sauce yet 😉
We started our afternoon with a round of appetizers to whet our appetite.
The pancetta crisps with goat cheese and pears is a wonderful and simple appetizer that was a hit and I highly recommend for any celebration. We simply thinly sliced two barlet pears, crisped up some pancetta slices and filled the cored out section of the pears with goat cheese. It was topped with a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness.
A few Thanksgivings ago, my brother learned the secret to perfectly crisp and delicious turkey skin from his mother-in-law. He used it again this year, and I couldn’t steal enough skin from the turkey throughout the night. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s so bad for you, I’d eat all skin and no meat.
By this point, the pug was up and smelling everything re-heating or finishing cooking in the oven. He wanted turkey, or whatever else he could snatch off the floor.
First course was my mom’s famous stuffed cabbage, we all love it and no one can make it like she does. One of these days, I’ll try it at home myself and if it’s a success I’ll share the recipe with all of you.
Besides turkey, we also do a second protein with dinner. This years choice was roast beef. Cooked perfectly medium-rare and tender enough to cut with a butter knife.
You can’t have turkey without the trimmings, we have brussel sprouts with shallots, sausage stuffing, oyster dressing and mashed potatoes.
Let’s not forget about the cranberry sauce, although in our house only two people ever eat it! It’s still homemade and delicious thought!
Finally dessert! We usually go all out, but restrained ourselves a little bit by just having three pies.