Sea of Book of Yum is hosting the swap this week and has chosen sweet potatoes as the ingredient. It took me a long time to realize that sweet potatoes are great. As a kid they were always coated in marshmallows and brown sugar, not having a sweet tooth and not liking marshmallows much, the dish was never for me. I really like sweet potatoes in a more savory dish. Or in sweet potato fries. Speaking of fries, that reminds me that soon we will start a new post series called Deep Fry Fridays, although I seem to deep fry more on Thursdays for the record. Friday rhymes better. Since we celiacs typically can’t eat any deep fried foods in restaurants because of cross contamination, I thought I would push our limits and have a deep fry fest month. I am thinking January might do. That gets us safely behind the busy holiday season, albeit everyone seems to diet in January. Deep frying doesn’t have to be super fattening. Sauteeing can be just as bad. So stay tuned for some great ideas to dip into your fryer. Send your suggestions this way too. We will do a menu round up and see what is frying around the country.
Saturday: Porchetta, leftover from the freezer, ancho chile, cilantro new potatoes, roasted broccoli
Sunday: Szechuan beef (using our grass fed beef) and broccoli stir fry
Monday: Pizza!! I will be trying out Whole Foods 365 GF pizza crust mix.
Tuesday: Chicken ala Veracruzana from one of Rick Bayless’s books, arepas (chicken raised by my brother)
Wednesday:Grilled salmon, ethnicity to be determined, sides to be determined. Leaving this one up in the air for now. Maybe an Indian theme.
Thursday: Thanksgiving! Our menu this year is mostly based on Gourmet’s Come Together menu, very modern Mexican/New Mexican.
Apps: shrimp cocktail with cilantro and lime, chipotle meatballs, guacamole, chips and fresh salsa using my canned tomatoes and adding fresh cilantro, onion and serranos.
Salad: Clementine Jicama Salad
Main course and sides:mango salsa with pomegranate, spiced roasted sweet potatoes, adobo turkey with red-chile gravy (brined and charcoal grilled), corn-bread and chorizo stuffing, poblano potato gratin, green beans with a brown butter shallot sauce, center cut pork loin with rib on the rotisserie (with my homemade Mexican rub), rice (to go with the gravy), and cranberry sauce (you have to have it)
No, I am not cooking all of it, a good friend of mine and her hubby are bringing the meatballs, the stuffing and apple pie and making them all GF, another set of good friends (my aunt and uncle) are bringing sweet potatoes to roast and cranberries. Both are bringing lots of wine. Both are coming from far away to join us.
Localvore part: We are using our ground pork in the meatballs, skipping the veal, the heritage turkey raised by my brother, the pork loin that we helped raise and butcher, tomatoes that I raised and canned, apples from the farm, potatoes from the farm and all garlic used is from my brother and sister in law. The tortilla chips are made localy in Ann Arbor and are addictive. Oh, and our bubbly and several wines are local from LMawby Vineyards and 45, a new winery in Suttons Bay, both with great winemakers.
Friday : Brunch with the house guests: Sausage and Egg Casserole with slow roasted tomatoes and mozzarella (using pomodori al forno tomatoes instead of sundried) – this is naturally GF and I made it years ago and finally found the recipe again, recovery bloody marys, home roasted coffee.
Dinner: Pork Pozole Party: our good friend Dan is in town (as well as our Thanksgiving guests) and we are hosting a party for him so that he has a chance to see everyone. Pozole sounded like a tasty crowd pleaser and is comfort food for me when it is cold out and it is already cold cold cold out. Radishes, shredded cabbage and onion for toppings. We will use our pork for the pozole and red chiles from NM. Margaritas will flow.
So, a wonderful week is on it’s way and once again, we have a lot to be thankful for! Happy Thankgiving to all of you!