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Canadian Thanksgiving--need help with serving ideas

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lynnm1947 posted 10/11/2013 10:34 AM

Dinner at my son's. I am in charge of appetizers and desserts.

Appetizers:

Hot spiced pecans

Dried apricots stuffed with blue cheese, pistachios and honey

Pickled shrimps

Bacon and caramelized leeks dip with breadsticks

Smoked salmon and cream cheese/capers/lemon juice/chives/pepper flakes mix in small crispy shells

Desserts:

Light pumpkin cheesecake with (not light) pecan praline sauce

Macaron layers filled with chocolate orange mousse

I'm having fun with this one. I'll serve the leek dip in a hollowed out squash and the pickled shrimps in a bowl lined with cabbage leaves. The macaron cake will be sliced on to plates dusted with cocoa and confectioner's sugar. I plan to garnish the cheesecake with cape gooseberries in their skins.

Anyone else have any suggestions on how to serve the remaining items?

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 10:35 AM, October 11th (Friday)]

JanetS posted 10/11/2013 10:55 AM

Lynn, I just read your menu...while I may not have any serving suggestions (I think the only one qualified for this might be Martha Stewart)...I do think I could pop by and do a taste test. I am only an hour or so down the road.

Happy Thanksgiving.

lynnm1947 posted 10/11/2013 12:24 PM

Some of the recipes are Martha's! My son is in Burlington. We'll set another place!

lynnm1947 posted 10/11/2013 12:26 PM

I need a wicked Thanksgiving idea for the pecans and apricots. Someone just gave me a neat idea for the salmon shells: pile them in a salmon mousse mold--which I have.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 12:27 PM, October 11th (Friday)]

jrc1963 posted 10/11/2013 14:10 PM

My only suggestion is you air mail everything to me to try!

lynnm1947 posted 10/11/2013 15:15 PM

Only if you give me a serving tip.

Crescita posted 10/11/2013 15:28 PM

I'd just find a nice dish for the pecans, crystal, ceramic, or silver. For the apricots you could arrange them in a single layer on a serving platter and drizzle designs in honey, or sprinkle pistachios around them.

lynnm1947 posted 10/12/2013 15:51 PM

I also made some 1-inch cheese bites (baked crackers) that I guess I'll serve straight from a cookie tin. They are super yummy.

vtach posted 10/14/2013 00:20 AM

Wow. Reckon what the rest of the meal will be? Your menu sounds scrumptious. I love color. For the spicey pecans...maybe serve in a nice, red-hot pepper dish. Your beautiful, stuffed, apricots....definately an elegant, white dish. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

lynnm1947 posted 10/14/2013 12:14 PM

Thanks, all.

I didn't get pics of everything. I had great plans, but as you may imagine, pandemonium ruled!

Here's the bacon & leek dip with veggies:

And the pumpkin cheesecake:


lynnm1947 posted 10/14/2013 12:26 PM

vtach, we had a a butternut squash soup with bacon & apple garnish, a wonderful turkey, white and sweet potato mash, Brussel's sprouts, stuffing, fabulous gravy, and cranberry sauce. My son is a chef so everything was perfectly cooked!

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