Thursday, November 19, 2009

Who You Callin' Turkey?!

Thanksgiving. 
A week away....wow.
Have you figured out your menu?
Help.
I need some good recipes for sides...

Update: Just came across this on the New York Times online:
I like that you can make it the day before as we will be traveling to the Berkshires
but especially like that I can rename it 
'Corky's Rutabaga and Pear Puree'
How often do you get to say rutabaga?
roooot ahhhhh bay gaaaaa.
When will you ever be able to say Corky and Rutabaga in the same breath again??!
I'm sold.

Corky Pollan’s Turnip and Pear Purée

2 large waxed turnips (rutabagas), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 Bosc pears, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons bitter-orange marmalade (Trapist, Hero or Chivers)
1 teaspoon dried ginger (not fresh)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or to taste)

1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups water to a boil over high heat. When boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt and the turnips. Boil until almost soft, about 20 minutes.

2. Once turnips are soft, add the pears and continue to cook until tender. It’s better to overcook than undercook. Drain the turnips and pears well and return them to the pot on stovetop, heating until dry.

3. Place turnips and pears in a food processor. Add the marmalade, ginger, salt and a couple generous twists of pepper. Purée until smooth. If the purée seems dry, add a tablespoon or so of orange juice.

4. Turn out into a casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. The purée can be made a day in advance and refrigerated, and then heated in a 350 oven for an hour.

7 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Cute pic!!

Gaston Studio said...

I would be taking up valuable comment space if I even suggested something; I'm such a bad cook.

Purple Flowers said...

I would need your e-mail address to send you the savory side dish recipes I have. I didn't see it on your blog.
www.leohaven@optonline.net

RNSANE said...

I have a wonderful recipe, Gulliver's Corn, from the restaurant of the same name but I'm in Florida, about to board the Oasis of the Seas tomorrow for a complimentary two day cruise to nowhere. I'll send it to you on Sunday!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Love the old turkey mold. I'm not going Gourmet magazine over here this year...may it R.I.P.

I am on this old down on the farm kick.....I can't beleive I am going to say it..but I am. I am putting mashed potatoes in a crock pot....No more last minute...by dinner they are all in the bag anyway...wish I would have figured this one out about 25 years ago...

When the mother - in - law starts her wine at 2 o'clock...she's 86, you know she won't remember dinner. One year she missed the chair and landed on the floor...
Wake me when it's over....

Willoughby said...

We have Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house, so I only have to make side dishes. I have a long standing request for sweet potato casserole (not the marshmallow kind) and green beans. And pies. Of course pies.

Life Laugh Latte said...

That sounds yummy. Love finding new things to make for the holidays. I love having new Followers. It has been a crazy mommy week...so sorry it took me so long to welcome you to the club. Love making new friends. Thanks for coming by Holly:)