Fake Thanksgiving

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Last week, my friends and I decided to have a fake Thanksgiving dinner before we all left school for home. We didn’t make a turkey, unfortunately, but we still made do with somewhat traditional sides. I unfortunately didn’t catch many pictures from the night, but I kept all the recipes to pass along. Warning: this meal will put you in a serious food coma.

As an appetizer, we served butternut squash ravioli with sage butter. These are very rich, so I suggest only serving about 4 pieces each to your guests so they don’t get too full. This dish is incredibly easy and always impresses people. We bought the ravioli from Libbie Market, cooked it just as we would any other ravioli, and then simply melted butter and sage together to pour over the pasta.

For our main course, we bought a couple rotisserie chickens from Martins, and made several sides. The first side was simple roasted brussel sprouts with honey. Simply cut your brussel sprouts in half (cut off the bottoms first), douse them in olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. We used just a glass baking pan with some olive oil drizzled on the bottom. When there’s only a few minutes left of baking time, drizzle some honey or maple syrup over them. If we had thought of it sooner, we would have cooked some pancetta to throw into this side as well.

Next we made a cornbread stuffing. We loosely followed (not exact portions) this simple recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/cornbread-dressing-recipe2/index.html

The last side, which was definitely my favorite, was a heaping pile of mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese, pistachios, and sage (pictured above). I’m typically not a huge sweet potato fan, but these were a huge hit that I too enjoyed. Recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/goat-cheese-mashed-sweet-potatoes/

For dessert, a friend brought over a simple apple pie. Heated up pie served with some vanilla bean ice cream was the best way to end this fake Thanksgiving dinner. Safe to say no one left the couch for quite some time.

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