Thanksgiving this year was an unusual one. Not a bad one, just not the usual. It was a Thanksgiving for two.
“Well, enjoy your newlywed Thanksgiving,” one friend said. “What? You guys are doing a romantic Thanksgiving?” said another.
Not really. Let’s just say it happened that way.
We started off our day very early at the Turkey Trot in Tropical Park, followed by a stop at the North Miami Thanksgiving Parade at about 10. After a light lunch at La Baguette and some time on the couch, I hit the kitchen at about 2. The New York Times, Simply Recipes and Gourmet Today were my allies. Here’s the rundown.
The bird … Roast Breast of Turkey with Cranberry-Wine Sauce
For the turkey breast, I used a 1988 recipe from the New York Times. The best part of the recipe was the cranberry and wine sauce, which was delicious and easy to make. I veered a bit from the cooking temperature and time for our 5lb turkey breast, cooking it at 350 for about an hour and 45 minutes. The turkey breast was what I was most afraid of cooking but it turned out moist and flavorful.
The sides … Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage and Green Beans with Ginger Butter
Both of these recipes are from Gourmet Today, but they’re online at Epicurious.com (see Green beans with Ginger Butter and Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage). The butternut squash was my favorite and both dishes were a nice change from green bean casseroles and sweet potatoes.
And for dessert … Indian Pudding
The first time I heard about Indian Pudding was on my visit to The Cape Cod Room where Ken Lyon has it on the menu. His, however, is a variation of the original. It’s more like a flan. Having shopped for ingredients before Trina of Miami Dish posted Lyon’s recipe, I stuck to an adaptation of an older recipe posted at Simply Recipes. As Elise states in the recipe, this isn’t a very good looking dessert but it tastes so good and the spices give it that taste of fall.
So while my Thanksgiving dinner didn’t have all the traditional fixings and we couldn’t be with our families, it turned out just fine.