This time of the year I kinda miss my family back home. I find that I miss my family on big holidays and birthdays. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where family and friends get together over a wonderful, hearty, poultry feast. I miss those days. Since we’ve moved we’ve been fortunate enough to friends that have us over with their family for Thanksgiving, but it’s a lot of work and believe me even our friends who invite us to eat their dinner do need a break the next year. I would offer to make Thanksgiving dinner at my place, but being that I live in a condo- space and space availability is quite limited.
Nevertheless! Ben and I are used to eating just for the two of us. Though I wonder, I’m sure we’re not the only couple who come across this problem. For those who’s family are far and away, how would you prepare a Thanksgiving dinner?
I’ve been looking around the city to see if there’s places out there that would provide Thanksgiving Dinner for take-out or offer it in their restaurants and so far I found a few in the city that do.
1) Sunterra Market is having a “take-out” Thanksgiving dinner- $21.99 per person + gst includes:
- Autumn Vegetable and Bean Soup
- Roasted Golden Beets and Goat Cheese with baby greens and peppery balsamic vinaigrette and
- Sage and Thyme-rubbed Belwood Turkey Breast with buttermilk Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, made-from-scratch cranberry sauce, gravy and a medley of fall vegetables OR Bourbon and Mustard-glazed Sunterra Farms Ham with buttermilk Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, a medley of fall vegetables and sweet cherry compote.
- Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with ginger whipped cream.
2) Fresh Kitchen in Marda Loop is another market that provides take- home Thanksgiving Dinner for $24.99 per person + gst which includes:
- Roasted butternut squash soup with spiced creme fraiche
- Organic greens with hand torn brown butter croutons, sun dried cranberry, pumpkin seeds and Fairwinds Farm goat cheese
- Farm fresh turkey dinner OR Valbella maple glazed Gammon ham dinner
- Herb buttermilk mashed potatoes
- Roasted organic rainbow carrots, traditional pan gravy and fresh made cranberry sauce
- Brioche, sage and bacon stuffing
- Deep dish fresh baked pumpkin pie with spiced cream
3) Heritage Park is having a Thanksgiving meal between 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (super early bird) for $21.95 + gst per person.
- Livingston’s Garden Green Salad: Organic field greens with tomatoes, cucumbers and red peppers with choice of dressing
- Sage Roasted Turkey: Sliced over cranberry pecan stuffing served with pan gravy, butter milk mashed potatoes and market vegetables
- Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream
4) I guess I could make something from my collection of Epicurious.com recipes for Thanksgiving and give it whirl.
- Turkey Breast Roulade with Crimini, Porcini, and Pancetta
- Baby Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Pecans
- Mashed Potatoes and Leeks with Thyme
- Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing
- Store bought pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream!
On a side note, I LOVE EPICURIOUS.COM . One of the best places for recipes of all time. Their recipe collections spans the horizons from figuring out recipes with dietary needs to the most obscure ingredient- you’ll find it all there! Also, their iPhone app is fantastic! It’s so organized and they sync to your recipe box on the website to your iPhone.
As much as I would love to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner in my kitchen I honestly think it might just cost the same if not cheaper to order take-out for two people. Wouldn’t you agree?
I guess I’ll find out in the next day or two to see what we’ll do! I hope you’re planning is going much better than ours!
Cheers to prepping holiday dinners!