November 2017 Thanksgiving Class

November 2017 Thanksgiving Class

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Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday menu for entertaining. Many people are overwhelmed by it, but all of these recipes have a great make-ahead component. And by using my four-day turkey “Game Planner” (CLICK HERE FOR IT)  you will be completely organized so that the day of Thanksgiving you're just basically assembling things and cooking the turkey. You will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your family…. and that something to definitely be grateful for.

Greens & Mushroom Galette
This is a scrumptious, savory pastry free-form tart filled with sautéed Swiss chard and mushrooms. Its just enough to ward off pre-festivities hunger, but not fill you up. Perfect paired with a glass of bubbles!

Perfectly Roasted Turkey, Gravy and Stuffing
This is the way my mom cooked a turkey. She calls it steam roasting. It's a tried and true method that results in a turkey that is both moist and delicious.  You roast the turkey uncovered for 30 minutes, and then tightly sealed the pan with aluminum foil. This creates a moist environment that results in a juicy bird.  And no basting required! The stuffing is a delectable combination of Italian sweet sausage, mission figs and sage. And, of course, the perfect pan gravy to top it all off!

Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Beautiful tender Brussels sprouts are blanched and then tossed with a delicious white sauce called the Béchamel. Topped with Panko and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this is a delicious side dish that is rich in flavor, but not too heavy, and adds a little texture to the plate as well.

Cardamom Carrots
Cardamom has a lovely, sweet floral note, and combined with the ginger, gives these carrots and exotic taste that is a nice counterpoint to all the savory goodness on your plate. These add both a little color and counter-balanced flavor.  Perfect!

Cranberry Ginger and Pear Tart
In this dessert, the tanginess of the cranberry, sharpness of the crystallized ginger, and the sweetness of the pears combine together in a flaky pastry to make this a show-stopping way to end your meal. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.  What could be more delicious?