In my neck of the woods, Thanksgiving is less than a week away and words cannot express how not ready I feel. I’ve complained about this a lot on this blog, but I don’t care, I’m going to say it again – Canadian Thanksgiving comes up way too quickly. I’m just not ready for the pumpkin pie of it all. But I will persevere and reacquaint myself with turkey brine. But before I get to the bird, there’s a little tradition I do on this blog every year. I give the holiday-loving vegetarians a meal option that doesn’t feel tacked together and isn’t just a plate of sides. This is a full-on main event designed to make omnivores jealous. And this year it’s this Butternut Tamale Pie.
It’s that time of year again. Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away, so let the holiday content begin. From here on out, this blog will be home to a parade of festive and company-friendly appetizers, mains, and desserts. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of breather meals along the way. And if that’s what you’re currently hungry for, take a peak at the Tajín Shrimp Bowls I posted earlier this week. But today, we’re kicking things off with a potato dish because at this time of year potatoes reign supreme. Potatoes au Gratin is always a welcome sight at any holiday table. So we’re giving it the Overthinking Classics treatment and exploring this iconic dish from every angle.
Thanksgiving always sneaks up on me. It doesn’t help that I’m Canadian, so Thanksgiving falls on the first weekend of October. I don’t know about you but I’m barely over my summer mourning period at that point. And the weather, well that’s a whole other story. I can remember some positively balmy Thanksgivings that made the thought of warm apple cider downright laughable. But yes, the holiday countdown is officially on in my neck of the woods. And whether or not I’m emotionally or spiritually ready, I have to turn my mind back to roasts, mashed potatoes, and all those good festive things. So consider today’s Ricotta Stuffed Roast Chicken as a warm-up.
Looking to make something a little different this Easter? I’ve got a dish for you. These Vindaloo Braised Lamb Shanks feature lamb coated in a sauce inspired by the Goan classic slowed cooked for 3 hours until the meat is fall-apart tender. The lamb is served on a bed of creamy risotto studded with sweet peas and toasted cumin seeds and finished with a hefty dollop of Greek yogurt. Finally, the dish is garnished with julienned cucumber, mint, micro-greens, and thinly sliced red chiles. This meal is a nod to the traditional leg of lamb dinner and two Indian classics – vindaloo and raita. You can scale this meal up or down as your guest list demands and most of the actual cooking is blissfully hands-off. Sound good? Good. Let’s get into it.