Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy thanksgiving everyone!! Hope everyone enjoyed time with loved ones!


I didn't quite think it woud happen, but I actually managed to cook most of thanksgiving dinner! Mom and grandma took care of the turkey, but I made them relax the rest of the day while I had fun in the kitchen. The menu included some awesome Spirited Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange Essence, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and succotash. The succotash was pretty simple, sauteed onion, red peppers, and garlic were tossed with some cooked corn and lima beans, then finished with a tad of butter, salt and pepper. I meant to add fresh thyme or parsley, but forgot as everything was getting carried out.



The sweet stuff? Well, let's just say I need to work on my pie crusts... they tasted ok, they just weren't great. I made an Autumn Galette (apples, pears, dried cranberries) that was nice and light, but not worth posting what I actually did :)



The star of the show is always the pumpkin chiffon pie. It started with my great grandmother (whom we always called Babci), got picked up by mom, and now I guess by me! It's doubtful I liked it as a kid, but I think this one is heads and shoulders above the traditional pumpkin :) Much lighter due to some whipped egg whites that get folded into the pumpkin mixture, and a delicious blend of spices. Without further ado...


Pumpkin Chiffon
Babci's recipe

1 envelope knox gelatin (anyone know about substituting agar-agar or arrowroot for this?)
1 cup of sugar, divided
1/2t salt
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t nutmeg
1 1/2t ground ginger (that's not a typo!)
3 eggs, separated
3/4c milk
1 1/4c canned pumpkin puree (not pie mix)
1 baked pie shell
chopped walnuts for garnish, if desired


Mix gelatin, 1/2c sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger thoroughly in top of double boiler (over simmering water).

Beat egg yolks with milk and add to gelatin mix. Add pumpkin, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. The notes say 10-12min... it seems like longer as you stand there stirring, but I forgot to time it until halfway through. You'll feel the mixture become harder to stir, and it will no longer fall off the spoon.

Once thickened, remove from heat and let cool. To speed this up, I transferred to a metal bowl and popped it into the fridge. It doesn't have to be cold, you just don't want it hot.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Then slowly add in 1/2c sugar (while beating). Fold this mixture into cooled pumpkin mix, then pour into baked pie shell. Top with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts and enjoy!

I prepared this last night and just stored it in the fridge until we were ready to dig in (who am I kidding, allowed to dig in!). It might not be the quickest, but being able to take care of it ahead of time really helps!!


19 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Oh my, fabulous eats - I'm always in awe of your culinary skills!!

Reeni said...

You did a fabulous job! Everything looks scrumptious. Happy Thanksgiving!

glidingcalm said...

yummy looking eats!! happy turkey day!

Meghann said...

Congrats on taking over Thanksgiving! Looks like you did a great job!! :)

Meg said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Great job with all the cooking! That pumpkin chiffon pie looks amazing!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

What a beautiful job! You're so skilled Shannon. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And also, I love the pom bark recipe - must make it.

Ricki said...

I'd say you did an amazing job cooking! Those sweet potatoes sound phenomenal.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! :)

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

wooooooooo....... you're such a chef!!! all those amazing foods!!!! so lucky is your family to just to have to sit and enjoy~~~~

HangryPants said...

Pie crust is really intimidating. I've actually only ever made graham cracker crust myself, so I am super impressed whenever anyone does a crust on their own that doesn't fall apart. I am sure yours was great. All the pies look wonderful!

Hope you had a great day and thanks for sharing the pies. :D

Esi said...

Wow, congrats to you for doing all of that. Happy Thanksgiving!

loveofoats.com said...

great dessert - looks delish!

RecipeGirl said...

I'm not much of a pumpkin pie fan, so I think I might like this pumpkin pie. It's a little lighter... totally up my alley!

Kevin said...

Look at all of the tasty food. That slice of pumpkin pie looks good! Happy thanksgiving!

runningwithfood.com said...

Sounds like a fantastic day ... great eats + great company!!

Thanks for posting the Pumpkin Chiffon recipe!! It looks SO good!

just me said...

what a great thanksgiving!! that chiffon pie looks AMAZING!!!

Tiffany said...

oooh. . . that pumpkin chiffon pie looks delicious!

Catherine said...

Thanks for the Pumpkin Chiffon recipe!! I am a huge fan of pumpkin-ginger desserts so that will definitely have to be added to my holiday repetoire!

wholefoodswholeme said...

i knew that if i came here after a bit of absence, there would be a pile of delicious recipes posted by you - and i was not wrong!! thank you for coming by my blog again, and it is so great to see your amazing creations, as always!

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

Pumpkin chiffon pie!?! Holy moly - that sounds heavenly :) Looks like you had an awesome Turkey Day!

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