Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thanksgiving - Part 3 - The Big Day

I know I promised I would post this on Monday but things got a little crazy over the holiday weekend and I needed a few days to catch up.

My plan for Thanksgiving this year was to come up with a compromise between the vegan and the omni's. There was a turkey served by my Mom but everything else on the menu was vegan. The verdict? Everyone loved it! Not to toot my own horn but it was possibly the best Thanksgiving dinner we have ever had. Because all the dished were vegan I did most of the cooking, althought I am very fortunate that my sister- in- law knows a thing or two about vegan cooking and brought a couple of dishes and helped me in the kitchen all night.

Below are some lovely pictures of all our Thanksgiving goodies with my personal rating out of 10.

Pear and Cranberry Salad with raspberry vinegrette and Candied Pecans

VCons Roasted Portobello Mushroom Salad w/ Mustard Vinegrette

Golden Mushroom Gravy - The Vegan Table
10/10 - best gravy ever!

Mashed Potatoes (earth balance and almond milk)

Mashed Root veg w/ Fresh Herb Infusion - The Vegan Table

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Peaches and Cream Corn
Can't rate corn from a bag!

Steamed Green Beans w/ earth balance and fresh chopped mint

Steamed broccoli w/garlic butter and cashews - The Vegan Table
10/10 - excellent broccoli recipe!

Roasted brussel sprouts with apples and onions - The Vegan Table

Pumpkin Cheese Pie - ED&BB

CranApple Maple Pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie - ED&BV

My plate at the Thanksgiving table

My plate with all the yummies!

I was a little nervous because I was making some of the dished for the first time but everything was delicious! In fact my brother didn't even eat turkey because his plate was so full of the veggies that he didn't have room for turkey and by the time he was finished he didn't have room in his tummy for any! If that isn't an endorsement for a wonderful vegan dinner I don't know what is. As you can see I had a huge plate of food and I was stuffed by the end - but not too full for dessert. I loved the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (so did everyone else) but I wasn't fond of the Pumpkin Cheese Pie. Everyone else liked it but it wasn't my favourite and I don't think I'd make it again. The CranApple Maple pie was excellent - the filling part anyways. The pie crust was terrible and I actually scopped the filling out of the shell at the last minute and served as a compote with non dairy vanilla ice cream. I loved it and would definitely make it again.

So what would I change for next year? I want to make a vegan stuffing for next year and I'd like to do a phyllo dish as well. I also think I'd make Dreena's Festive Chickpea tart to serve. And maybe a corn bread and possible a stuffed squash. For the dessert I'd do the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie again for sure but I think I'd make do a crisp to go with it or maybe put that CranApple Maple compote into phyllo and bake it and serve with ice cream. Iloved how I decorated the table and everyone else thought it looked really nice too. It sounds silly but I think it added to the whole experience.

I'm already thinking about the Christmas dinner menu......

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