Per usual, I’m a little behind on my blogging. Thanksgiving in February? Sure, why not. I’d hate to let that meal go undocumented.
Before the holidays, I had tons of leftover groceries at my home and knew that if I didn’t take them with me to my parents they’d go bad. About a week prior, my friend Katie gave me one of these bad boys (see above) that she’d gotten from her produce co-op. She didn’t know what it was and knew that I would have a good time trying to figure it out. After much gawking and pontificating, and some research, I concluded that it was a head of romanesco broccoli. Romanesco, also known as broccoflower, is really similar to both broccoli and cauliflower in texture and flavor. As my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner I chopped up the romanesco, a bulb of fennel I’d purchased on a whim a couple of weeks ago, and some leftover onion. I tossed it all with a little olive oil and some chicken stock and sprinkled some chili powder and crushed red pepper over it. I set the oven to 375 degrees and roasted my medley for about 40-45 minutes until the fennel softened, stirring occasionally.
I enjoyed my dish immensely but I think my family would have preferred that I hadn’t been so heavy handed with the chili powder. Oops. Even I had to drink more water to cool the fire that built slowly in my mouth bite after bite. Mmm/Ow…. Luckily, there were tons of other delicious dishes to mask the burn and fill us up right nicely.
Above is my favorite Thanksgiving dish, baked mashed potatoes with green onion and tons of pepper. So delicious, especially as a glue to hold the turkey and stuffing and green beans and cranberry sauce all together in each bite. My stepmom is a great cook and did an amazing job this year as she does every year. This year she wanted to give us a great feast with healthier aspects. Her green beans and baked sweet potato fries and only one (!) pan of those insane mashed potatoes certainly did that.
We had a couple of soups as mini meals throughout the days after thanksgiving. I made a butternut squash and apple bisque and my stepmom Kema made oyster stew with half a dozen plump oysters per bowl and a rich and creamy broth with a spoonful of mashed potatoes at the bottom. It was a Happy Thanksgiving!