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Thanksgiving is here

By Bring a Bottle on 26/11/13 9:32 AM

Thanksgiving is here

By Bring a Bottle on 26/11/13 9:32 AM

Thanksgiving this year will be celebrated on Thursday 28th November.  If you have any US expats who are not travelling home here is my British guide on what to eat and drink on this special day!

Starters & Appetizers

Since this is a holiday why not go all out and serve Oysters Rockefeller, which consist of oysters on the half-shell, topped with various ingredients often parsley and a rich butter sauce finished with a bread crumb crust and baked, these go down a treat with guests who are little vary of oysters in their raw state! Best served alongside a chilled glass of champagne.

This recipe by Michel Roux Jnr also includes details for Oysters Kilpatrick.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/oysters_kilpatrick_and_96431

thanksgiving-oysters

Alternatively if oysters do not appeal serve Pepper-glazed goats cheese gratin with crudités or crusty bread, again this can be served with Champagne, however if you wish to stick to wine then I would choose a Chablis as this would go well with both.

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pepper-glazed-goat-cheese-gratin

thanksgiving-gratin

Suggested Champagne: Lanson Black Label Brut NV

Suggested White Wine: Laroche Chablis

Turkey

The main attraction to a Thanksgiving feast is Turkey and there are millons of recipes out there from deep-frying it to slow roasting it for a staggering 25 hours! My thoughts on this are keep it simple so you can enjoy all the delicious food and drink and this recipe by The Barefoot Contessa is perfect.  Since the typical Thanksgiving sides are sweeter than the British equivalent I would opt for something fruity like a Sauvignon Blanc or if you wish to serve red then a Pinot.

http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/recipes/perfect-roast-turkey-4209.html

thanksgiving-turkey

Suggested: White: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Suggested Red: Cono Sur Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie is a traditional sweet dessert, often eaten during the fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving. This recipe from Jamie Oliver looks impressive and is made from Butternut Squash; since this is the finale to the feast make it even more special by serving a Baileys Chocolatini!

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/pumpkin-pie

thanksgiving-pie

Suggested: Baileys Chocolatini

http://uk.thebar.com/recipe/baileys-chocolatini