Thanksgiving 2011

I have no pictures of the spread. Once again, I failed to snap a shot before everyone dug in. Whatever, though, here’s what I made.

Turkey, slathered in compound butter made with sage, thyme, garlic, parsley, coriander.
Maple-cured spiral cut ham
Mashed yukon gold potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese and kale
Roasted root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, onion)
Winter squash soup
Baked kabocha squash
Traditional stuffing
Cornbread stuffing with cranberries
Homemade applesauce
Sweet corn
Roasted asparagus
Green beans with bacon
Cranberry sauce, both homemade and from a can
Cream biscuits
Sweet potato rolls
Gravy

Let me just state that this was way too much food for 8 people. Especially when one of those 8 people is a baby. I blended up some turkey, gravy, asparagus, and corn in my food processor, and my baby loved it. She loved it so much that she dropped the gingersnap she’d been sucking on to eat the turkey slurry.

Everything turned out great except for the cream biscuits. The dough felt very wet, like I didn’t use enough flour. I added more, because it was unworkable. They didn’t really rise, and they came out kind of damp, dense, and doughy.

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Fried Stuffing Wontons

Do you have hungry people that wander around the house on Thanksgiving, mumbling about their grumbling bellies? That hover in your kitchen asking for tastes and times? Serve up a plate of fried stuffing goodness and give yourself a break. Or, if your guests prefer to starve all day in wait of the main event, make these on Friday with some of your leftovers. They really couldn’t be easier. All you need are packaged wonton wrappers, an egg, prepared stuffing, and oil for frying.

Lay your wrappers out on a flat surface. Place 1 teaspoon of stuffing in the center of each one. Brush egg white around the edges, fold, and press to seal. You can either stop there, or fold your two corners together, sealing them with egg white as well.

If you happen to have pie filling sitting around, and if you have leftover wonton wrappers, consider making dessert. I filled some wrappers with blueberry, some with cherry. I made pumpkin pie wontons, too. My personal favorite, though, was a dollop of apple butter.

Test to see if your oil is hot enough by dropping in a bit of wonton dough. It should sizzle and float to the

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