My goal this year was to post about Thanksgiving dinner earlier than I did last year, which was in January. That obviously did not happen! Still, it was a great meal that I want to show you. You can read about the appetizers here.
For the side dishes we stayed pretty traditional, changing things up just a bit from the year before.
We like our smashed potatoes chunky with the skins on, and add garlic, Earth Balance and almond milk. I sprinkled on some minced chives before serving.
Dave made his most excellent stuffing with sourdough bread, shiitake broth, fresh portobello, and lots of herbs.
As a light counterpoint, I made this Green Cabbage and Red Apple Slaw. I used kale instead of the brussels sprouts called for, and soaked the red onion to cut some of the rawness. I really liked this salad but don’t know that everyone else loved it. I think the raw greens and vinegar might be a little too bitter if you’re not used to them, even though the apple was nicely sweet.
Dave wanted something a little different than the usual green bean casserole, so I chose Lemony Green Beans with Almond Breadcrumbs. This was really tasty, even though I tripled the recipe and the beans didn’t cook evenly since there were so many in the pot.
To our usual canned corn, I added minced sauteed shallot, red bell pepper, and fresh oregano. I cooked it gently to keep the flavors mellow and buttery.
Look at those air pockets! This was easily the best bread I’ve ever baked, but boy does it take a long time to make. You make the herbed olive oil, mix the dough, shape, stretch, fold and rest three times (at 30 minutes each), rise for one hour, refrigerate twelve hours, rest three hours, rise three hours, and FINALLY, you bake! Good things come to those who wait with this bread, and the flavor and texture were perfect. If I can make this without screwing up, so can you!
I served the bread with caramelized onion butter, which was just Earth Balance blended with caramelized Cipollini onions. It was delicious and sweet, but it melted everywhere by the end of dinner since the room was warm…
My entree was Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy. I had bought the roast a few weeks before on a whim ($9.99 is a great price) and didn’t necessarily plan to have it for Thanksgiving dinner, but that’s how it worked out. Luckily, I really liked the roast! It’s similar to the Tofurky roast but maybe a bit more tender. The gravy was a little sweet for my tastes, but still went nicely with the smashed potatoes.
The second best part about Thanksgiving? Leftovers! You better believe I had almost this exact same plate a few more times. I also made great sandwiches with the focaccia, roast, cranberry sauce, and Vegenaise.
Next up, desserts. Hopefully I’ll post before three months from now!