Need Thanksgiving side dish and/or dessert ideas
So I'm making Cornish hens for my Canadian Thanksgiving, but don't really have any ideas for side dishes or desserts. I salt the hens and then roast them at a high temperature in a skillet (a la Zuni Cafe in San Francisco), which makes for deliciously tender and juicy meat with crispy golden skin, but it's fairly salty, so I don't want to cook anything else really salty as a side dish. Any ideas? I often cook sweet potatoes and/or squash dishes (sometimes with apples) to go with chicken, and pumpkin-based desserts, but I'm open to other suggestions. Thanks!
my absolute two favorite recipes for thankgiving are 1) this scalloped sweet pot with lemon,ginger cream: (to die for)
2) this 4 onion gratin that is out of this world: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
ok, and one more, found on chowhound.fennel/mushroom bread pudding:
That mushroom bread pudding sounds wonderful. I love the idea of baking them in individual servings. That would be good to do and then freeze for winter breakfasts or lunches. I may try that.
We do a mushroom bread pudding for Thanksgiving from the Herbfarm cookbook. It has dried mushrooms and fresh, a bunch of fresh marjorum, eggs, milk instead of cream.
Another good one.
How many are you cooking for?
Generously butter a 9x13 baking dish and cover the bottom with a layer of crushed corn flakes (about 1 2/3 cup). Melt four ounces of butter in a pan and mix in 4 tsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp cloves and 1 Tbsp sugar,. 4 Tbsp orange zest. Drizzle that over the corn flakes. Warm 3/4 cup of evaporated milk in a sauce pan and add a cup (more or less) of miniature marshmallows. Heat to melt the marshmallows. Stir in a cup of chopped pecans and pour this mixture over the corn flakes. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of Nestle's chocolate morsels over the top and, finally, sprinkle about 2/3 cup of flaked coconut over all. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool completely on counter, then chill to ensure it's nice and firm. Then dip a biscuit cutter into some warm water and cut rounds of the dessert to plate alongside peeled orange segments.
Makes a nice "fancy" dessert without a lot of work.
roasted parsnips and carrots cut in thin long sticks with olive oil, s&p and some spices- I love to add zaatar. They look very fancy and are easy to do.