Thanksgiving Day: The Results

From the top:

Green beans, stuffing, chicken, gravy, smashed potatoes, baked beans, corn muffins, honey butter, regular butter. Not pictured: butternut squash bake; assorted wines.

The Gravy: No recipe but basically, heat some broth/stock over medium heat.  When bird comes out of the oven, place chicken/turkey on serving platter to rest.  Heat roasting pan over a burner, add wine, stock or water to deglaze tasty bits.  Pour off drippings in to a measuring cup. I had some big solid flavor-enhancers (whole garlic cloves, sprigs of fresh herbs) in the roasting pan so to save time, I filtered the drippings through a 3-ply square of cheesecloth, squeezing to get all the liquid through.  Let the liquid settle/cool so the fat starts to rise up and can be skimmed off (you can put it in the fridge/freezer to speed things up).  While the drippings were cooling, I was jazzing up the broth by mashing the garlic cloves from the roasting pan and adding a little dried sage.  Add defatted drippings to broth, bring to a rolling boil and allow to reduce by about 1/3.  Add 2 tablespoons cold butter and 1 tablespoon flour to thicken. Serve immediately.  This makes a moderately thick gravy; you could add more broth to make a thinner style.

Baked Beans: Yeah, I had big plans for these. I was going to dice up bacon, make the beans in the crockpot and so forth. Then I got busy and voila, one can o’  beans. With maple flavor and bacon, as requested.  It turns out my brother was envisioning the beans my aunt Bonnie makes.  And I don’t know how to make those anyway except it was described as “a bacon sandwich, with beans in between.”

Wines: We had a bottle of Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel & one of Susana Balbo Malbec with dinner then had a very dark cherry-chocolate cabernet from Mitolo (soon to be on the Winning Wines list).

Pre/Post Dinner Snacks: We had cheese and crackers with some yummy Vidalia-Onion fig sauce and sliced bell pepper. We also had a mushroom-cashew nut spread made by my mom. Excellent on crackers or slices of bread.  And this quite frankly evil dark chocolate-matzo cracker-pistachio concoctation that I’m really glad is all gone.  I’m not so glad that its all gone because I ate most of it.   Sweet-salty and just not right!

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