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French Fridays: Canadian Thanksgiving with Dorie Greenspan

From October 2010 to June 2015, as I was working my way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table with the French Fridays with Dorie group, I frequently hosted what came to be known as “Dorie dinners”. Since we were tasked with cooking/ baking 4-5 recipes from the book per month, it was sometimes easier to make all the dishes on one weekend in advance of the posting dates – and during busier times of the year, it was an essential strategy in helping make sure I didn’t miss one week’s posting over the nearly five year span of the project.

Of course, due to the nature of the project and somewhat haphazard selection of dishes (especially at the beginning when we would happily choose dessert after dessert to make each month, meaning towards the end we had fish after fish dish to make, all in the space of a couple of weeks, it seems…) the “Dorie Dinners” didn’t always feature dishes that *quite* went together so, today, in honour of Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I’ve selected dishes for what I would consider to be the ultimate Dorie Thanksgiving menu. Click on the name of the dish to read more!

Appetizers

I cannot go past gougères (the first recipe we made from the book and still one of my favourites).

Gourgeres on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Served with a glass of bubbly, these are the perfect hors d’oeuvre to greet your guests with.

Soup

There are many Dorie soup recipes that it really was hard to choose but the chilly temperatures and the appearance of local pears in the market swayed my choice a little. A chestnut pear soup (a thinner version, without cream) is the perfect way to start an indulgent meal.

Around my French Table chestnut pear soup on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt doesn’t look like much but it’s got a lovely delicate flavour that we really enjoyed the first time we made it.

Vegetarian main course

I always think there’s nothing worse for vegetarians at a celebration-type meal like Thanksgiving than when there’s no actual dedicated vegetarian main course. I always prepare something separate – who wants to eat a plateful of side dishes?  Around my French Table offers a wonderful array of seasonal dishes you could serve. I like the idea of a quiche/ galette because as a host, it’s something you can make in advance and as a guest, it makes you feel special that there’s a whole different dish for you!

Gorgonzola apple quiche – a surprising take on a quiche.

Gorgonzola apple quiche Dorie Greenspan on eatlivetravelwrite.comGérard’s mustard tart – filled with carrots and leeks.

Dorie Greenspan mustard tart on eatlivetravelwrite.comMushroom and shallot quiche – earthy and rustic but so satisfying.French Fridays with Dorie Around my French Table Dorie Greenspan mushroom and shallot quiche on eatlivetravelwrite.comPumpkin gorgonzola flans – these will make anyone feel special – there’s nothing better than an individual serve of something!

pumpkin gorgonzola flan on eatlivetravelwrite.comMain course

There are SO many wonderful chicken recipes (what I would make if I wasn’t doing a turkey) in Around my French Table, it really was hard to pick.

There’s the classic roast chicken (the ‘hurry up and wait” version)

Dorie Greenspan Hurry up and Wait Roast Chicken on eatlivetravelwrite.comOr for something a little fancier, sausage stuffed Cornish hens:

Sausage stuffed Cornish hens for French Fridays wth Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comOr for a more elegant presentation still, how about Chicken with apples and cream à la Normande?

Dorie Greenspan's chicken apples and cream a la Normand French Fridays with Dorie Around my French Table on eatlivetravelwrite.comSide dishes/ vegetables

For me, the sides are just as important as the mains. Dorie has a vast array of recipes that would be suitable for Thanksgiving. Here are just a handful but there are so many more in the book!

Go with everything celery root purée – for something a little different than mashed potatoes.

Dorie Greenspan Around my French Table French Fridays with Dorie celery root puree on eatlivetravelwrite.comLemon barley pilaf (or a riff on it as I did!). Some grains are always a welcome addition to the side dish selection.

Dorie Greenspan lemon wheat salad pilaf French Fridays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comLemon steamed spinach. Because, greens.

lemon steamed spinach dorie greenspan, around my french table, french fridays with dorieSpiced butter glazed carrots. For colour.

Dorie Greenspan spiced butter glazed carrotsDesserts (aka my favourite course!)

Our first ever “Dorie dessert” for Thanksgiving was Marie-Hélène’s apple cake. Still a favourite and perfect for the season.

Marie Helene Apple cake from Around my French Table on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe also enjoyed Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart one year – again, a perfect seasonal dessert.

french fridays with dorie crispy crackly apple almond tart on eatlivetravelwrite.comThough I would have a hard time NOT making Orange-Almond Tart. One of our favourite desserts.

Dorie Greenspan orange almond tart on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo there you have it – an actual “Dorie dinner” where all the dishes go together!  This is just one example of the Thanksgiving feast you could create from Around my French Table though – the possibilities are endless.

This Thanksgiving weekend, I won’t be cooking our usual big meal though as we’re headed to Vancouver to celebrate a milestone birthday for Neil’s mum. Good food and wine will be consumed. And perhaps amongst them, a Dorie dish or two 😉

Dorie AMFT

 

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3 Responses to French Fridays: Canadian Thanksgiving with Dorie Greenspan

  1. Mr. Neil October 9, 2015 at 07:15 #

    I hope you packed the piping bag – mum will love gougeres… 😉

    • Tami October 13, 2015 at 22:36 #

      Sooooooo – did it get packed??

      I’m a bit behind in catching up on posts – hope you both had a great weekend and your Mum enjoyed her birthday 🙂

  2. Coco in the Kitchen October 9, 2015 at 12:50 #

    What a gorgeous feast! I love everything! I’ve got to try my hand at ALL of those quiches, making gougeres!

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