08 December 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

In my house, turkey is optional for Thanksgiving. We made those little boneless turkey breasts last year, but we're only two people, and we don't generally have company, so it was a lot of food.
This year, we decided to try something a little different. So here's our menu:

For an appetizer, we made salads with spring mix, sliced mushrooms, walnuts, and honey mustard dressing. Ignore the extra bowl of veggies there -- that was for the rats. :)

For the entree, we made butternut squash ravioli with hazelnut and sage butter sauce. It was delicious and very light, so you didn't feel like you made a mistake in your life afterward! 
This was my first time making pasta, and I think it turned out really well! Also, the sauce was fantastically aromatic and flavourful.

And finally, for dessert, pumpkin pie with almond crumble crust.

The whole meal was served with my favourite wine, Menage รก Trois Pinot Grigio.

Overall, the whole meal was very light and comfortable. One of the things I've always hated about Thanksgiving is that even one plate can make you wonder if you need to reassess your life decisions. After this meal, we were left feeling happy and satisfied.
This is also my first time making a pie! It was a little bit of a hassle, but it worked out really well. I used a pretty standard recipe, but I replaced a half cup of the flour with almond meal. It made a huge (and delicious) difference in the flavour of the crust! I would definitely recommend it.

One thing I would definitely recommend if you plan on making pasta is that you use fresh cheese. Our recipe called for grated parmesan for the filling. I normally hate parmesan, because I've generally only had it in the little containers you get, where's it's grated already. For this, we splurged a little and bought a little block of parmesan, and it made all the difference. It was super tasty, and I even ate some by itself! Definitely get it fresh if you can.

Did you do anything interesting and different for your Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments down below!