Belated Thanksgiving / Early Christmas Dinner

I have been looking forward to bringing the full on American style Thanksgiving dinner to Manila, for many months. I actually missed Thanksgiving day  dinner though because of my trip to, Hong Kong  (no complaints). So the first opportunity I got, I prepared the annual feast fit only for the hungriest of participants. Better late than never right? In usual fashion, I prepared the entrees, while my girlfriend Ange, prepared the deserts. Something she likes to refer to as the savoury side and sweet side. I just call it sweet and sour. 🙂

If you are interested in recipes for any of these items, please let me know with a comment. Enjoy!

Brined Turkey with Spicy Sausage Cornbread Dressing.
The Spread
Filo Dough wrapped around Brie Cheese and Apricot Jam.
From scratch Truffle Green Bean Casserole with homemade crispy Onions
Creamed Spinach with Parmesan and Bacon
Mashed Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts with Soy Butter and Honey. Candied Camote (Filipino Sweet Potato) with Marshmallow sauce.
On the bottom left, is from scratch giblet gravy. On the bottom right, a thicker version with cream.


I feel like the secret to the best Turkey is brine. Brine is basically a salt water solution that you submerge the bird in overnight before baking. This creates a much more moist meat, and a much crispier skin. Fresh herbs and filling the cavity of the bird with something that adds moisture instead of stealing moisture is key in preventing a dry baked turkey. I like to use fresh fruit, citrus, and whole onions. A common mistake is to cook the stuffing in the bird, you will have a moist stuffing but a terribly dry turkey. This bird was massive, I am still snacking on it almost a week later after feeding six or more people twice.

I am not 100% sure on the proper title for these guys but they are a chocolate and coffee base. The pumpkins on top are made of edible fondant and were created by a talented friend of Ange and I.
My favorite dessert of the night, a Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Chiffon layer cake with Marshmallow icing


Really fantastic table layout as usual from Ange.


The beautiful table set up was arranged by my girlfriend, Ange. Oh and she also made all the deserts. 🙂 I am totally falling asleep as I type this post, let me know if you are curious about how to make something as usual. I need a nap, it must be all the L-tryptofan. 🙂

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