Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
This year with my brother and several cousins out of town, I ended up feeding only a dozen people. Haven't had a family gathering that small in quite a while.
Lil' sis and I started cooking around 1 p.m. for dinner at 6 p.m. I didn't even do the Salt Rub and Butter Turkey Dry Brine until 1 a.m. the night before and the turkey still came out perfect.
Going from the top of the table on down: lil' sis made pumpkin marbled cheesecake this year, along with the mashed potatoes and stuffing. She brought home leftover yams from her earlier Thanksgiving dinner with her friends. I told her best friend to bring the green bean casserole because I had a weird craving for it. My oldest uncle's wife sent over Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Rolls).
All the way in the back, you can see my red Crock Pot. I gave in and bought a 4.5 quart Crock Pot when it was on sale at Target for $16.99. I made Crock Pot Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew) with great results. Adjusted my normal Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew) so that no extra pots were needed as well as freeing up stove space for cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
I made Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Chile Sauce) to dip with the dinner rolls that the middle '87 brought. Cousin Q's mom made com ga Hai Nam (Hainanese chicken rice) and a Vietnamese salad. New recipes to come include: Homemade Turkey Gravy, Pate Chinois (Canadian "Chinese" Cottage Pie), Pumpkin Marbled Cheesecake, Triple-Deviled Eggs with Black Pepper, Paprika, and Sriracha, and Turkey Liver Pate.
The 21-lb turkey was crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. Cousin Q's mom was so amazed she asked me how I seasoned it. Just salt, I told her.
A preview of the Turkey Liver Pate. No part of the turkey goes to waste!
The Homemade Turkey Gravy.
Triple-Deviled Eggs with Black Pepper, Paprika, and Sriracha.
Pate Chinois (Canadian Chinese Cottage Pie).
Lil' sis' Pumpkin Marbled Cheesecake.
I hope you pigged out and spent time with your loved ones too!
I've been on an 80s kick lately. Usually, after dinner, everyone sits around the television vegetating before eating seconds or thirds. This year, I made them watch "V: The Original TV Miniseries," which used to freak me out sooo much as a kid. The girls groaned at its cheesiness, but lil' sis' best friend totally got into it. And, I did not realize back then how many Nazi references it had. I've got "V: The Final Battle" and "V: The Complete Series" too. :P
New recipes served this Thanksgiving:
Crock Pot Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
Homemade Turkey Gravy
Pate Chinois (Canadian "Chinese" Cottage Pie)
Pumpkin Marbled Cheesecake
Triple-Deviled Eggs with Black Pepper, Paprika, and Sriracha
Turkey Liver Pate
1 year ago today, Charlie's Trio Cafe - Alhambra.
2 years ago today, Ryan Gosling's restaurant, Tagine - Beverly Hills.