Being an Italian living in London, I never really had a chance or official reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. I never quite knew what it involved, exactly. This year, however, thanks to my change of jobs in May, I had the luck to meet a new friend, Sara, who is from Ohio and super keen on anything Thanksgiving-related. I had no more excuses! So on Saturday 26 November I went to her house in the morning and we cooked all day long to put together an American feast for six. We scoured through the internet to find the best Thanksgiving recipes and I think we definitely found some brilliant ones. All the pictures were taken by Sara.
Here is the menu we had on the day, click on the dish name to find the recipe:
- Whole Turkey
- Chunky Cranberry Apple Sauce
- Sourdough Stuffing with Fennel and Capers
- Maple Syrup Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Brussels sprouts
We made Brussels sprouts by lightly frying bacon and then adding the washed and halved sprouts, chopped apples, a dash of balsamic vinegar and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
- French beans
The French beans were lightly cooked in a white wine, butter, lemon juice and shallot sauce – very tasty.
- Chicken Gravy
We bought the gravy from Waitrose.
- Pumpkin pie.
I absolutely loved Thanksgiving and really hope we will repeat it next year.