This French Canadian Thanksgiving menu celebrates the autumn harvest with seasonal recipes. Indulge in apples, cheese, onions, potatoes, squash, turkey, and everything else that is in season during the cooler months. This list is something of an extreme menu, one that you would serve if you had forty guests coming and several days to prepare. The beauty is that you can pick your favorites, mix and match, and stay within a budget because these dishes are made with inexpensive seasonal ingredients. More potatoes, anyone?
This mulled apple cider recipe is a great example of a classic French Canadian recipe. Put the pan on to heat and steep while you put the final touches on the appetizers. Serve up steaming mugs of the aromatic brew with the delicious pastries, and people will clear the kitchen to allow you final preparations on your grand feast.
Citrus, an incredible seasoning ingredient, begins arriving in markets during the cold months. My childhood holiday table was never without olives; try this easy recipe and see why! The brilliance of making your own marinated olives is that you alone customize the flavor of the dish. Take out an ingredient here and add one there… you have your own special blend! This recipe can use black or green olives – or both.
Gougeres are little cheese puffs, usually served as an appetizer with wine or cocktails. They're so easy to make. Simply whip up an egg and cheese batter, pipe it onto a baking sheet, and bake the gougères until they are puffed and golden. The little pastries fill the kitchen with a fantastic aroma and are perfect for a cozy holiday gathering.
Easy to make during busy holiday preparations, roasted cauliflower soup is a great soup recipe when you need something delicious, fast, and healthy. Because of the heavy cream used in the recipe, it is not low fat. If you desire a lower fat soup, substitute equal parts half and half and milk for the cream.
This dish is perfection for a holday menu! It's inexpensive, nutritious, easy to make, and appeals to most palates. Apples and cider are still fresh from the autumn press and carrots are readily available throughout the cool, post-harvest months. The secret to making this French Canadian side dish special is browning the butter before adding it to the spiced cider reduction.
All the ingredients in this recipe are easy to find and inexpensive. Sage and onions are aromatic, flavorful enhancements to flaky baked potatoes. This classic dish is a favorite in rural France and sure to be a hit on your holiday table. The best thing about this recipe is that it requires no busy work; simply toss the vegetables and herbs together and bake them while you prepare the rest of the meal.