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I know it’s still October, but I’m missing my kids and I have Thanksgiving on my mind. It’s no secret that I love to cook, and I especially love to cook for other people, so I’m already planning the menu and counting down until Thanksgiving break!
It’s funny that even though Thanksgiving dinner is a really huge deal for most of us, it’s one of those meals where people have definite taste expectations. My own family is pretty adventurous in their eating, but if I try something really different for Thanksgiving, there is often a sense of disappointment…”but where are the regular mashed potatoes…”, or “what’s with the apples in the stuffing…?” So I try to not stray too far from our traditional dishes. I’m guilty of it myself. I’ve tried millions of stuffing recipes and although I’ve found some really good ones, on the big day, I really prefer the version I grew up with – onions, celery, and carrots with regular old white bread. So I’ll probably take a chance and make my Curried Sweetpotato Bisque, for a special starter, but mostly I try to get creative with my appetizers. They’re kind of like the little jewels on the crown of Thanksgiving dinner. This one is pretty, and perfect for nibbling on between any football games and dinner. It features sweet, ripe pears, which are a favorite fall fruit, and Montasio Cheese, which as I mentioned in my last post, is my new favorite, imported Italian cheese.
I’ve seen recipes for fancy Parmesan crisps using melted and baked Parmesan cheese, and since Montasio is a similar hard cheese, I decided to experiment with using it to make a basket shaped tartlet to hold some sweet pears. I’m happy to say this cheese worked perfectly! I love the mild flavor and savory, spiciness of this cheese with the pears. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!
Have you started to plan your Thanksgiving menu yet?