Today’s the day. Relatives arrive and will move into the guest room for four days. Thanksgiving isn’t just the big dinner on Thursday. It’s meal after meal after meal.
In the spirit of the last few posts, here it is. The List – menus, with links where possible. Often, I’m just making it up – or combining techniques, recipes and ideas.
And finally – the perfect recipe for a little tart. Something sweet that serves as dessert, breakfast or a teatime treat. Back in July, I canned apricot halves in vanilla syrup. (And yes, I already knew I would make this very tart on this very day.)
If you didn’t can this summer, look around for excellent jars of fruit – I love apricots, but peaches, cherries, and ripe, wine poached pears work perfectly and make a gorgeous tart.
10″ tart pan with removable bottom
one pie crust, blind baked*
one or two pint jars of apricot halves in vanilla syrup
2/3 c heavy cream
1/2 c sour cream
4 Tbls melted butter
1/4 c sugar
*To blind bake: Roll out the crust and fit it into the tart pan. Line the pastry with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil and weights and dock – pierce all over with a fork – the crust. Bake again for 10 minutes.
Increase oven temperature to 425°.
Mix together the cream, sour cream and eggs. Whisk in the butter and sugar.
Drain the apricots in a colander over a small saucepan.
Place the apricots decoratively around the crust. Depending on how many I’m feeding, I’ll add more fruit – that will allow you to cut smaller pieces!
Put the tart in the oven. Now, pour the cream mixture into the tart pan. (Really, don’t try this on the counter, then moving the pan to the oven. There’s that removable bottom on the tart pan, right? Experience speaks.)
Bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool fully.
Reduce the leftover syrup from the jar by half. Brush the syrup across the top of the tart to make it all shiny.
Serve at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.
And here are the menus for the next several days. From here on, it’s in the hands of fate. Party on.
Mt. Tam, Soprasetta, Tapenade, Stecco
Miso crusted Salmon (grilled) with bok choy and shiitake braise, herbed basmati.
Bagels, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs with chive oil
Lunch – out
Assorted homemade sausages, grilled
Smothered cabbage and onions
Roasted carrots and parsnips
Arugula, goat cheese, avocado, pomegranate salad
Dried Cherry, White Chocolate, Pistachio Cookies (recipe coming soon, I promise!)
Butternut sage scones, bacon
Country ham, wild boar salume, assorted cheeses, condiments, apples
Thanksgiving and Dead Poultry Society menus
Gravlax, roasted beet salad, dill vinaigrette
Chopped liver on challah
Dill pickles, sweet pickles, pickled green tomatoes, pickled red onion
Carrot currant salad
Heritage Turkey, herb butter, grilled (spatchcocked)
Broad Breasted White – Cider Glazed (and rubbed with bacon fat)
Bourbon Sweet Potato
Duckfat roasted pearl onions with lardons
Grilled brussel sprouts (smoked pancetta optional)
Butternut squash and spinach gratin
Tofu Kale casserole
Tuscan onion confit
Sour cherry pie
Chocolate crusted pecan tart (still making this one up)
Gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting and candied pistachios
Pumpkin Cheesecake with gingersnap crust and sour cream topping
Gingered peaches (canned this summer)
Sandwiches to go