Holiday Accoutrements Recipes

It’s almost turkey time—and while the holiday is looking different for many of us this year, we hope to help you find comfort and joy in the kitchen with a bevy of accoutrements like Challah bread, housemade citronette and organic cranberries, plus seasonal produce like red Garnet yams, Brussels sprouts, carrots, fennel and meaty Matsutake mushrooms. Also included: More provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a turkey brining kit and fresh chestnuts to locally-milled flour for your pies, plus some creative recipe ideas in case you’re in the mood to add in something new this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a few recipe ideas:

How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

Cranberry-Glazed Brie
Baked until the Brie is warm and gooey, and the cranberries are soft and spreadable, this appealing appetizer is a true holiday favorite.

Blood Orange, Radicchio & Fennel Salad with Citronette
A light, bright and refreshing addition to your Thanksgiving menu!

Rustic Challah Bread, Mushroom & Herb Dressing
Fragrant with fresh herbs and accented by toasted Challah bread and meaty mushrooms, this stuffing is always a hit!

Potatoes à la Robuchon
Of all the haute cuisine in legendary chef Joël Robuchon’s repertoire, he was best known for these super-silky potatoes.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Bacon
A great holiday side!

Homemade Pumpkin Purée
Nothing quite beats a pie crafted from homemade pumpkin purée! Substitute this purée in any recipe calling for canned pumpkin.

Rustic Challah Bread, Mushroom & Herb Dressing

Fragrant with fresh herbs and accented by toasted Challah bread and meaty mushrooms, this stuffing is always a hit!

Ingredients:
1 large loaf challah (about 1 pound)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baking dishes
2 cups yellow onion, diced (from 2 medium onions)
2 cups celery, diced
2 cups wild mushrooms, such as Matsutake, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 cups chicken, turkey or vegetable broth

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 300° and set an oven rack in the middle position. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

2. Cut the challah into 1-inch cubes and spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until dry and lightly toasted. Set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 350°.

3. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Cook the onions over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Add the celery, mushrooms, herbs, salt, and pepper and cook until celery is slightly softened, about 5 minutes more.

4. In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread cubes, onion/vegetable mixture, and chicken broth and toss well. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish. Cover the dish with buttered foil and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to overnight).

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until golden, about 25 minutes more. Serve immediately.

Herb-Shallot Dressing

This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

Ingredients:
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a pint-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and shake vigorously until emulsified, about 30 seconds. Reserve until ready to use.

Green Garlic Salad Dressing

Flavor-packed ground mustard, vinegar and green garlic stalks mix beautifully in this easy vinaigrette.

Ingredients:
2 green garlic stalks
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup white wine or champagne vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Trim and mince the green garlic stalks, including as much of the green stalk as you can (that said, be sure to trim off and discard any wilted or yellowing parts).

2. Mix the minced green garlic, oil, vinegar, salt, mustard, and pepper in a small mixing bowl or glass jar. Whisk together or cover jar and shake vigorously to combine.

3. Use the dressing within an hour or two. (Any longer and it will taste just as good, but the green color will soften to a muted yellow.) Keep the dressing covered and chilled up to three days; bring to room temperature before serving.

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