Friendsgiving Menu

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My first Thanksgiving abroad my new friends wanted to know if I could cook a turkey and the whole traditional feast. My family had a non-traditional Thanksgiving of smoked ribs so cooking a turkey was something unfamiliar to me. I decided I’d host a Thanksgiving, hire out the turkey from Oak and Smoke, and fix my favorite sides. The next year I was up for the Turkey challenge with my Sous Vide and with each year I’ve become quite proud of my Thanksgiving tradition and cooking abilities! Below are my favorite dishes to compliment ribs or a turkey. If you want the Turkey Sous Vide process, email me. Enjoy!

Cranberry Spiced Relish: takes about 30 minutes

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (or black cherries)
  • cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup juice from cherries/berries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 maple sugar (if using cranberries)
  • Fresh grated ginger (under a tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Orange zest

Directions:

  • Boil the cinnamon stick juice from berries and water with the maple sugar
  • Add everything except orange zest and let it boil for 20 minutes until water is evaporated
  • Stir occasionally to prevent burning and mash cherries with fork
  • Squeeze a bit of an orange slice in there and top with orange zest

Serve with brie cheese, smoked meat, with vegetables or bread. Basically put this on everything!

Stuffing with OR without Bread: takes about an hour

  • coconut oil
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 cups of diced pumpkin or 1 medium butternut squash diced
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh rosemary
  • sage
  • salt/pepper
  • optional: dried bread cubes

Directions:

  • Coat the cauliflower and pumpkin/squash in some coconut oil
  • Roast in the oven until toasted – stir a couple times while roasting (400 degrees)
  • While veggies are roasting add chopped onion to pan with coconut oil and sauté until caramelized over low/medium heat
  • Add the garlic and mushrooms. Toss together over heat for 10 minutes
  • Add the diced apple and toss over heat until apples are lightly softened
    • Could also add walnuts or unsweetened raisins
  • Chop the herbs and add them. Season with salt and pepper if needed
  • If using bread: dry 5 cups of bread cubes in the oven. Add bread to the baking dish and pour 1-2 cup of vegetable broth mixed with one egg over the top. Bake uncovered 20-30 minutes (400 degrees)

Onion Gravy: takes about 30 minutes

  • 2 tbs ghee
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 ½ tbs arrowroot
  • 2 cups broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • heat ghee over low/med heat and add chopped onion
  • add a pinch of salt and pepper
  • once the onions start to caramelize add the arrowroot and scrape all the bits from the pan
  • add the broth and let it simmer for a bit
  • stir & adjust and seasonings to your liking

Sweet, Spicy, or Savory Cornbread: takes about 30 minutes

  • 1 1/4 Cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 can creamed style corn

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 400
  • warm a butter-greased skillet in the oven for about 10 minutes
  • combine dry ingredients in a bowl
  • whisk together wet ingredients (butter, eggs, corn)
  • add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and lightly mix together
  • pour the batter into the prepared skillet and bake for 15-20 minutes
  • SWEET STYLE: serve with honey, butter, or the cranberry relish!
  • SAVORY STYLE: mix with herbs of your choice before baking
  • SWEET & SPICY: mix a spicy pepper of your choice to the batter before baking

What’s up with that turkey coma? The tryptophan in Turkey helps your body make protein (essential for skin, hair, muscle, bone, everything!) AND you body processes it into serotonin which is great for your mood and sleep!

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