Following up on our prior entry, it's time to review Thanksgiving lunch! My family loves to graze. So, almost every mid-day meal at their house begins the same way: with a delicious vegetable and cheese assortment. The holidays are definitely no exception to this rule.
In addition to our collection of cheeses, we again made the meatballs which were praised so highly last year. Perhaps the novelty of these meatballs had already worn off -- they were still delicious, but didn't seem as mind blowing as they did in 2010.The meatball sauce, however, was still an enormous hit -- we were pretty much eating bowls of sauce alone the end of the day! Despite the glitter having worn off the meatballs somewhat, I would still highly recommend them.
Ease of prep: 8
One addition to the Thanksgiving menu of 2011 was the incorporation of recipes from some of the cooking blogs I follow. We've already reviewed the pumpkin cinnamon rolls that we had for breakfast, and for lunch we made marinara zucchini coins, courtesy of For the Love of Cooking. Zucchini is one of the many vegetables that I hated growing up and still, I must confess, tend to avoid. However, it proves the #1 vegetable rule: everything is delicious with cheese. These "coins" were amazing and, being bite-sized, completely addictive. We did not have any leftovers!
Ease of prep: 9
Finally, as a nod to my sister's love of Williams and Sonoma recipes, we finished off lunch with a celery pear salad. While this tasted incredibly fancy (delicate, surprising), the recipe was simple and involved very few ingredients. This recipe is a keeper for anyone who likes combined fruit-and-vegetable salads.
Ease of prep: 9