Reader request meatball! I promised those following the project I’d do at least one people’s choice meatball, and liked this idea from my friend Jamie. I made this recipe from Serious Eats, which was quite good. The meatballs are big (and rather caloric with the pork belly) but the dish itself is pretty filling.
This is a lazy holiday post since I’m so late to the game in putting one up, but here’s what we did for the first Thanksgiving dinner that we’ve hosted in about five years, this time for John’s family (first time!). Just linking to recipes and noting adaptations.
*Spatchcocked Turkey (a small one), did my own gravy, dry-brined bird. Turkey itself was good. This turned out a little overcooked because I didn’t keep a close eye on it, as well as a little salty (would rinse next time).
*Turkey breast on the grill (no specific recipe; indirect heat, herbed butter under skin). Also dry-brined. This was terrific.
*Mashed sweet potatoes
*A straightforward potato and caulflower mash, no recipe
*These roasted mushrooms
*This brussels sprouts salad
*Ina’s squash salad
*Green beans almondine
*Mom’s Meat Stuffing
*A bread stuffing inspired by this recipe
*John’s sausage stuffing (don’t have a recipe for this yet)
For apps, I made pimento cheese dip with pickled vegetables, gougeres (recipes to follow), a cheese plate, and probably something Im forgetting. For drinks, a fall sangria.
And with the leftover turkey:
Turkey Gumbo (based on this recipe)
Turkey Tinga Tacos (loosely based on this recipe)
Managed to get a vegetarian meatball into the mix. These were lentil and vegetable based. I found them slightly dry, but my friends seemed to like them. Served with a walnut and spinach pesto.
The final meatballs are here! I made a triple batch (!) of these for our holiday potluck, along with vegetarian meatballs (recipe to come) for our vegetarian friend. They were epic and huge as promised.
This was a festive hit at this year’s holiday potluck! I adapted this from this cocktail recipe, with some changes, to make into a punch. I even made a rosemary ice ring.
Huge hit! Glad to have a new one-pot meal to add into the rotation, and glad to know that I really enjoy farro, and it isn’t particularly hard to cook with.
We used about half as many chicken thighs to meet the requested poundage (where is CL finding these tiny chicken thighs?), but beyond that made as is. Definitely include the saffron.
I bought beets on a whim and figured I’d pair them with some other winter vegetables and an assertive dressing. Not sure how roasted garlic popped into my head as a component here, but it worked quite well. Beets are such a pain, though – I really only end up buying them once a year at most because I hate cleaning up after them.
I finally made egg rolls! I’ve had these bookmarked for something like two years, but the deep frying step has always been kind of daunting. I also cheated and had John roll them while I was working on other stuff. Really delicious! I did not include the pork when I made these because my friend who was coming over is a pescetarian, but they work fine without it.
We had a ton of broccoli in the crisper, and a random can of cream of chicken soup that I have no idea where it came from, so chicken casserole seemed like an easy solution last weekend. This isn’t something I make regularly, but I just decided to wing it and it worked out quite well for a homey, comfort food meal.
Meatball #50 was definitely one of our favorites. And it was a made-up one, too. A note that I meant to include some thyme or rosemary in these, but forgot, and they still turned out absolutely delicious.