Friday, November 28, 2008

A Food Wish Thanksgiving

Here is a short little slideshow of our Thanksgiving dinner just in case you were wondering if I actually use my own recipes. I thought everything came out pretty well, although the walnut chocolate fudge pie at the end of the video could have used about half the amount of chocolate ganache. There are worse mistakes.

By the way, I never got a photo of the cranberry sauce, but it was the same style used in the cabernet cranberry sauce video.

The flatbread appetizer you'll see was made with "Mango Peno" cheese from the Beechwood Cheese Factory. They're in Wisconsin and produce a great variety of very creatively flavored, and all-natural cheeses. I got to sample some a while back, and I was very impressed. Since we like to support smaller, family-owned producers, I encourage you to check out their offerings on the Beechwood Cheese website.

Here is the menu you'll see in the clip. Enjoy!

Olives, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Whole Wheat Flatbread with Mango, Jalapeno Cheese, and Fresh Apple
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Cranberry Sauce (not shown)
Maple Meyer Lemon Candied Yams
Blue Cheese Green Bean Gratin
Crème Fraiche Mashed Potatoes
Pickled Roasted Red Onions and Garlic
Pear and Almond Bread Stuffing
Apple Coleslaw
Herb Butter Turkey
Turkey Neck Gravy
Pumpkin Pie (not shown)
Walnut Chocolate Fudge Pie

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Connie T. said...

So much food. I cooked a turkey breast and mashed potatoes, green beans and dressing. I also made a cherry pie.

Anonymous said...

Everything was DELICIOUS and beautiful!

Thank You So Much!

Your ever grateful,
Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law
and Sister-In-Law, Jen.

PS A big hug and kiss and many thanks to Michele, too!

Anonymous said...

I'm so envious of your family right now, it's not even funny~!

Looks like you had an amazing thanksgiving dinner to nobody's surprise :)

Thanks for the post!

Unknown said...

wow can I join your family - great meal!

Anonymous said...

The Apple Slaw is missing in the menu.

Chef John said...


PrimeBrit said...


I did the turkey your way, the cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and I am a STAR... errr.... all thanks to you! I sent some cranberry sauce to my neighbors and they think I am so special... I may share... Then again..?

Pyrofish said...

Looks quite tasty! I'm curious about the no-knead dinner rolls. Did they come out with the big holes and moist inerds?

Did you do the separating after the 1st rise and then let them rise in roll form? That's a big guess, as I have yet to make dinner rolls.

Thanks for sharing, and as always, thanks for this great forum. I realized yesterday when I was trying to explain to family members to come here, what makes your site great. It's not just the videos and the unique items, it's the direct access to you on your recipes. That's what makes this such a special site IMO.

Anonymous said...

Oh Chef John, that looks SO amazing! I too am very jealous of your family.

BTW, the Beechwood cheeses look really delicious, and when you buy them in the log size they're actually a really good price. Equal or better than the price per pound for crappy grocery store cheddar. Why would anyone buy generic store cheese when amazing things like this are available?

Thanks for sharing the scret on this one, I will definitely try out their cheeses!

Anonymous said...

i made ur green bean and blue cheese gratin this thanksgiving and it was a hit! thanks so much
happy holidays!

love the site!

ragecg said...

I LOVED your meal!
The only gripe I could make would be next time instead of music by George Winston, try something by George CLINTON!

"We want the funk!" hehe...

Take care:)

Unknown said...

when you made those dinner rolls, did you basically follow your previous recipe but with smaller portions? Or do you have to cook at a different heat level or for a different time since they are smaller?

Chef John said...

Regarding the rolls. Yes, everything was the same. After the dough sat for the 14 hours, I flattened it on a floured board and cut it in 8. Made little loaves, and let rise for 1 hour. I cooked at 425 for 35 min.

Pyrofish said...

Thanks chef John, that one's going onto a notecard to try.

Charlemange said...

My gravy was a success thanks to you!

Anonymous said...

Please show us how to make the gratin T.T please! If not just how to make a gratin in general

Chef John said...

already did!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I usually don't like the traditional green bean casserole but I'm down with the blue cheese one! The pie looked awesome too!

Anonymous said...

Where I can find all the recipe for thanksevening meal?

Chef John said...

you can't ;-)

Anonymous said...


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cookinmom said...

Ok, did you buy the walnut fudge pie or did someone bring it...where's the recipe? I'm drooling! :0)

cookinmom said...

It's that time of year to cough up your WALNUT CHOCOLATE FUDGE PIE!!!!

Rommy said...

Hello Chef John,
I've been looking on your website a recipe for the pumpkin dinner rolls but I haven't been very successful in my search. Help!
Love everything about your dishes!