No Turkey Talk
While the pursuit of the perfect holiday turkey can be consuming, the fact is that most families only serve turkey once, maybe twice, during the holiday season. This means there’s plenty of holiday entertaining that goes on that doesn’t involve turkey.
With this in mind, I’m sharing an autumn-themed menu I developed for a November cooking class I called “No Turkey Talk.” The menu highlights in-season produce and the earthy flavors of the fall.
The menu starts with a crisp Citrus Salad that’s tossed with Champagne Vinaigrette. Add some bakery rolls with this first course if you like. The main attraction is simple Roasted Halibut fillets drizzled with a tangy Rosemary Vinaigrette. The fillets are served atop a sublime White Bean and Butternut Squash Ragout. The finale for the menu is a classic combination of almond and pears, as Individual Almond Cakes are topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with Caramelized Pears.
The menu makes a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving dinner or a fun fall supper club. And, the individual recipes are great on their own. Who needs to worry about turkey with a menu this good?
Citrus Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
While citrus fruits are available year-round, the first true in-season oranges hit stores in November, followed closely by big, juicy grapefruits. When they’re at their peak, you’ll see citrus fruits frequently on the menu at my house.More.
Individual Almond Cakes with Caramelized Pears
If you’re a fan of the flavor of almond you’re going to love these luscious little almond cakes topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with luscious caramelized pears. In fact, for lovers of the combination of almond and pears, this could be considered the “perfect” dessert.More.
Roasted Halibut with Rosemary Vinaigrette
Learning that fish can be roasted in a hot oven is often an epiphany for home cooks who are intimidated by the prospect of cooking fish. The simple equation of a 450 degree oven and 10 minutes per inch of thickness makes turning out perfectly cooked fish at home a breeze.More.
White Bean and Butternut Squash Ragout
Crisp autumn air usually means you’ll see me with a butternut squash in my grocery cart. This sweet, orange winter squash just says “fall” to me and I like to serve it in soups, layered in lasagna or roasted as a side dish.More.