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Amici Shares Thanksgiving with a Twist

It’s turkey time! Besides hamburgers and hotdogs on 4th of July, we can’t think of another holiday with more of a national menu than Thanksgiving. Of course, the bird is the center of attention, but heirloom family dishes are all part of the recipe for all things Happy.  Every clan has their own unique expression; for many of us that might be marshmallow topped sweet potatoes, Grandma’s oyster stuffing, Aunt Sally’s infamous green bean casserole with crispy onions and of course, a big, brined herby turkey. But let’s say your soiree is large – being caterers and all things creative, we’d like to suggest that perhaps you might be able to justify serving the traditional array as well as a few turkey day twists.

Three members of team Amici share their gobble worthy takes on Thanksgiving: all things regional, a booze infusion, and a plant based harvest.

Excited by the idea that perhaps the Native American’s were the first “localists,” with their unique ability to live entirely off of the land, Lori decided on a menu that celebrates regional flavors. Of course, the first Thanksgiving would have included a uniquely different array of ingredients than the tastes of Arizona.

Southwestern Showstopper

                                              Southwestern Caesar with Cilantro Vinaigrette                                                                      with cornbread croutons, pomegranate seeds, cumin dusted pepitas

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

Chipotle Whipped Sweet Potatoes topped with Honey Roasted Grapes

Lime Cilantro Mashed Potatoes

Adobo Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey with Poblano Pan Gravy

Jalapeno Scented Cranberry Relish

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Toasted Cinnamon Marshmallow Swirls

Our young gem, Whitney is inspired by all things boozy. No, she isn’t dedicated to the art of binge drinking; on the contrary, her millennial awesomeness has led her to study! She’s fascinated by the history, subtle flavor profiles and nuances of all things distilled and recently completed her Certification in Spirits (a sommelier, but for alcohol.) Naturally, creating a menu infused with the flavors of liquor is fitting.

Hoppy Thanksgiving

Beet Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese

Brown Mustard Beer Can Turkey

Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots

Scottish Porter Pan Gravy

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter

Ruby Port Cranberry Sauce

Jameson Chocolate Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Cider Spiced Apple Pie

Vegetable loving and the resident Amici hippie, Molly is stirred by what is so often challenging for the Thanksgiving Day chef: vegan and vegetarian options. With these dietary choices being the new normal, today, we are blessed with wildly creative recipes and ingredients that even omnivores will adore. Animal products are deliciously substituted with almond milk, olive and coconut oils, vegetable broths, and tofu (amongst many other substitutions.)

Herbivore Holiday

Roasted Sweet Corn Cakes with Vegan Garlic Cream

Sweet Potato Pillows with Roasted Grapes, Balsamic Drizzle and Cumin Dusted Pecans

Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple and Pecan Salad with Greens and Maple Dressing.

Sweet Potato Napolean: Smoky Black Beans, Millet, Sautéed Greens & Vegetable Gravy

Baked Wild Mushroom Pot Pie topped with Scallion Whipped Potatoes

Aromatic Roasted Root Vegetables

Black Forbidden Rice Pilaf with Grilled Sweet Potato, Pomegranate, Pecan and Scallion

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

     Live Coconut & Cashew Cream Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Coconut Milk Whipped Cream