Appetizer for (Canadian) Thanksgiving?
I'm hosting some family for Thanksgiving on Sunday night. I'm doing a fairly traditional turkey and sides - mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, glazed carrots, a yam and spinach gratin, cranberries, stuffing, gravy. I'm also serving a squash and apple soup to start, and lots of desserts.
I'd like to have an appetizer out for people to nibble at for an hour or so before dinner, and I just can't decide what to do - help! I'd like something not too rich to compete with the big meal, and not plated.
Any suggestions / favourites?
Frankly, though it's hackneyed, I'd suggest a crudite tray with a ranch-dressing type dip.
And/or some seasoned popcorn/poppycock. I assume, since it's family, that there will be some kids, for whom familiar finger foods would be best. And with a big meal you don't want your apps to be so irresistible that everyone's full before the first course. You can always use the uneaten veggies later.
I agree with greygarious. In this case, less is more. I usually do cheese straws with sliced apples and pears and a poppy seed dip.
You really don't want a lot of appetizers. At our house we don't even bother because everyone is here for the whole weekend and no one goes 20 minutes without snacking on something. BUT if I were to make anything, I think it would likely be just some maple glazed nuts. Start with a mixture of nuts - almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, whatever you like - and drizzle with equal amounts of maple syrup and olive oil. You just want it moistened, not drenched. Sprinkle with some kosher salt and spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Toast at 325 just until glazed, mixing once in a while. This shouldn't take very long, but it's been a while since I've made it so I don't have exact details.
Addictive and a good way to start Thanksgiving.