Anyone who stopped by last year around Thanksgiving will remember I cooked some family recipes away from home.
This year is a family reunion, two families actually, each cooking in our own kitchens and bringing the food together. When my mother was growing up Thanksgiving was very much about tradition and ceremony. In our home it’s generally about new experiments, cooking what you like, and different families coming together to share what they love with each other. We split the menu in half and find out how it comes together on Thursday!
Our experiment this year will be cooking the turkey outside on my mother’s parilla that she just had installed (built alongside her incredible domed pizza oven). If you’ve never seen a parilla it’s an Uruguayan grill that’s built to accommodate a 45 degree slant. Hers, for instance, has a crank where you can adjust the desired angle and proximity to the fire. We have a tradition of rubbing the bird down in ghee, herbs, and garlic, and then stuffing it with onions, more herbs, more garlic, and salt and pepper. We don’t baste or fuss over cooking, and my mom always reduces the juices later along with flour and butter for the gravy. We’re not sure of exactly how the preparation will change for outdoors, but it’s bound to be tasty and a little exhilarating to cook outside.
Alongside our bird will be: Cornbread stuffing with sausage, a Spiced tagine of mushrooms, peas, shallots, walnuts, and mint, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, a Pumpkin pie or two, Indian spiced beans, and a Cranberry date chutney.
Here’s some recipes from last year to whet your appetite on this chilly Friday afternoon. Happy cooking….
Peppery green beans with sage and Reggiano
Pumpkin bread pudding
Cornbread stuffing with chestnuts, cranberries, and onions
Winter salad with tangerines, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts
Garlic mashed potatoes + peas with mint and cremini mushrooms
What are you making?