Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Recap: Wedge Salads, Sweet Potatoes with Meringue, and BGE Turkey

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hosted again this year but had a lot of help from our guests who brought great food. I love setting a formal table and using our wedding china.

This year, I also polished up a set of "silverware" that belonged to my Nonnie and was given to me by my aunt. I only have enough for eight settings- which is exactly the number of people that we had. I always treasure using things that have been in our family for years on these holiday occasions.

We tried a few new things this year including this wedge salad. Inspired by the book, Good Stuff, by Spike from Top Chef, this wedge salad included cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, sesame seeds and a champagne vinagrette dressing. I am not usually a fan of the traditional wedge salad, but this cookbook has delicious recipes for new interpretations of this classic salad as well as burgers and shakes. I can't wait to make more recipes from this book (we already tried the pumpkin milkshake- just haven't posted yet). The salad was refreshing and looked lovely on our plates. I love a plated salad! Thanks, mom, for making it!

My aunt brought these sweet potatoes but instead of marshmallows, we whipped up some fresh meringue and piped it on top. A few minutes in the broiler and...

The meringue was beautifully browned. It was a light and sweet way to top the sweet potatoes - not to mention that it looked lovely.

And finally, the most important part...the turkey! Justin used the Big Green Egg (BGE) and the turkey turned out great! Wish I had some photos but we were too busy taking care of our little guy and pulling the dinner together. You'll have to check out our past posts for more in depth details.

Did you try any new recipes this year? We'd love to hear about them.