For Chef KK this is one of her favorite holidays – especially when it comes to preparing a delicious meal to be enjoyed by everyone. Starting from scratch with the basics, the culinary journey begins with deciding on what to serve. Shall it be a traditional faire, or a feast unlike no other? Getting back to basics is always a wonderful place to start with an added little twist to the celebrated traditional favorites, if you like.
Roasting the perfect Thanksgiving turkey doesn’t have to be the daunting task everyone fears – even a simply roasted bird can be an inviting centerpiece to any thankful gathering. Chef KK starts with brining a beautiful organic turkey and then she does an air-dry marinade with sage, parsley and whole rosemary…she also tucks sprigs of Rosemary inside the bird. Time for the rubdown…. generously rub butter and sage over the entire turkey then roast “covered” and then uncovered towards the end of roasting to get that golden brown skin everyone fights over.
There are so many variations and options when it comes to the ever-popular stuffing from traditional to a unique fusion of flavors that elevate the stuffing to a whole new level. It gives the chef the opportunity to infuse family tradition or new ingredients into this savory wonder. For Chef KK, it is the traditional cornbread stuffing with celery, sage and chanterelles’ that makes it to her table.
With creamy potatoes and savory sweet potatoes as strong co-stars, the traditional fare continues to grow. Chef KK makes a killer Roasted Garnet Yam & Carrot Souffle with creamy butter and nutmeg.
There are a wide variety of vegetable dishes that make their annual debut on Thanksgiving including green beans, brussel sprouts, and the list goes on. Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with pancetta, shallots and crumbled bacon join the Thanksgiving spread at Chef KK’s table. She also makes delicious Petite Green Beans with orange butter, fresh basil and toasted almonds.
She loves making fresh homemade Cranberry Relish with candied orange peel, cooked cranberries, cognac and a hint of vanilla as a side kick dish. A must have with every celebratory dinner are her Grandmother’s from scratch version of the Parkerhouse Dinner Roll…fondly referred to as “G’s Fluffy Rolls”. It’s those little details that create the memories that are carried on through the years.
As if the tablescape of delicious dinner is not enough, we have the icing on the cake, or better said…the whipped cream on the pie still to come! Whether a traditional pumpkin pie with homemade cinnamon whipped cream, southern comfort pecan pie, sweet potato pie, or an American favorite, Apple, dessert is a great way to finish the meal. This year on the Sweet Treat menu, Chef KK is prepared to tickle the palette of everyone with her Signature Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, her ever-famous Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Pumpkin Bars with White Chocolate Buttercream, and homemade Apple Hand Pies!
So, whether you travel to a distant place for this thankful holiday, or nestle down at home surrounded by loved ones, we wish you the very best of holidays!