Before I get back to regular recipe posts, I wanted to share our holiday meal with you, since I liked everything so much! And for those of you who are still planning their own upcoming Thanksgiving dinners (whether you celebrate it with relatives the week after Thanskgiving, or next month for Americans), maybe you'll get an idea or two!
We tend not to have a lot of appetizers on Thanksgiving so that we don't fill up too much before the actual meal, so all we had were these mini samosas from a store in Toronto (the only part of our meal that wasn't homemade!). There was a variety of meat and veggie samosas, served with a cilantro yogurt dipping sauce - a bit non-traditional, but we all loved them anyway!
One of my contributions to the meal itself was this pear and squash salad that I posted on my blog last week. I had to make it a bit differently this time, preparing as much as I could ahead of time and cutting the squash into cubes instead of slices, so it didn't taste quite the same but it was still a nice addition to the meal! I also realized once I was already eating it that I had forgotten to add the goat cheese, which would have made a difference - oh well!
My other contribution were these roasted brussels sprouts and grapes with walnuts from Whole Living. Not everyone was willing to try this, but it was one of my favourite parts of the meal! If you like brussels sprouts, you'd love this dish, and if you've never tried roasting grapes before, I definitely recommend it!
I was super excited when I found out that my aunt was making beets as one of the side dishes because I love beets but we don't usually have them at family meals because they're not everyone's favourite vegetable...Even beet haters would have to like this rosemary-roasted beets and carrots dish from Real Simple though!
The other veggie side dish we had were these roasted fingerling potatoes that my mom made. Our usual potato dish on Thanksgiving is scalloped potatoes, but I'm not really fan of them so I was much happier with adding these simple but tasty potatoes to my plate instead!
You can't have Thanksgiving without stuffing, and luckily for me, my vegetarian sister offered to make a special vegan stuffing for us to enjoy! She used this recipe for squash, brussels sprout and apple stuffing from Choosing Raw as a guide, but left out the squash and used a beet-carrot bread from the market as the bread (which is why it looks so purple!). I loved this non-traditional twist on stuffing!
My plate was full of so many delicious veggie side dishes that I didn't miss the turkey and gravy at all! I had to limit myself to only one serving of everything so that I could save room for our homemade desserts...
Rather than having a traditional pumpkin pie, my aunt made this bourbon-caramel pumpkin tart from the cover of the the latest issue of Fine Cooking. We all loved this - the crust was perfectly flaky, the filling was nice and creamy and sweet, and I especially liked the crunchy candied pepitas on top!
In addition to the tart, we also enjoyed sticky toffee pudding that my uncle made, topped with a caramel whipped cream. Unfortunately I didn't get the recipe for this one, which is too bad because it was so good! Everyone raved about the whipped cream and most of it was eaten up even after we finished our cake!
Hope you all had a nice weekend and that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving enjoyed some delicious food too! And I promise I'll have a new recipe to share with you later this week!