Thanksgiving Dinner

Better late than never!  Thanksgiving week was hectic with the shorter work week and food preparations. Then, last week was hectic with two company holiday parties, company staying over, and playing too much Gyromancer, which is why these pictures of our Thanksgiving dinner is coming in so late.

Thanksgiving Dinner

We had lots of kale this year. Kale in the stuffing. A raw kale salad. Kale in quiche. And even a bunch left-over for later.

Thanksgiving Dinner

I made a wild mushroom (chanterelles, porcini, and cremini) and kale quiche.  I used Thomas Keller’s buttery pastry shell recipe for the quiche crust and subbed in vegan shortening instead of the butter. It was a whole lot of oil, but I have to admit that the crust was crispy, rich, flaky, perfect. The quiche wasn’t half-bad either. Even the kale-hater of the enemy ate some of this quiche! This will definitely be made again.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Also on our dinner table was the BF’s cornbread and bourbon stuffing, roasted root vegetables with a maple glaze, brussel sprouts, kale with meyer lemon dressing, seitan roulade, Beijing duck (courtesy of my parents and Sam Woo), cranberry and orange relish, cranberry sauce, roasted smashed potatoes, fresh shell bean salad, and mushroom gravy.

Thanksgiving Dinner

For dessert, I made vegan pumpkin muffins topped with a lemon glaze and toasted walnuts. I had run out of sweetener (honey) for the batter, but it came out fine because the spices lended enough flavor and I don’t like overly sweet muffins anyway.  I roughly used this recipe except I subbed in 1.5 cups all purpose flour for the whole wheat, and veganized it*.

Hosting Thanksgiving was tiring, but I think everything we cooked came out well and there wasn’t some horrible kitchen disaster and it was finished at our planned time. Hoooray for us.

* Instead of buttermilk, I used the same measure of soy milk and 1 tsp of white vinegar to make it curdle. I left out the 2 eggs entirely and replaced it with about 1Tbs ground flax seed and about 1/2Tbs water mixed together.

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