Holiday Gatherings Recipes

It’s almost turkey time! And as families, friends and loved ones gather around the table, this week’s box is filled with farm-fresh provisions to help make your holiday entertaining a breeze—everything from our signature turkey brining kit and tart cranberries to a wealth of produce like winter squash, Yukon Gold potatoes, baby beets, leeks and carrots to utilize in classic side dishes for the big meal. Also included: Challah bread, farm-fresh eggs, gorgeous salad greens and fragrant herbs. Here’s to a happy holiday—and satisfied stomachs, too!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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.

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.

Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables
An herb-packed marinade infuses fresh flavor into late fall staples like carrots, squash and parsnips.

Parmesan-Crusted Winter Squash
This versatile recipe works with pretty much any type of squash—like Autumn Frost, Butternut, Acorn or Delicata.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Kissed with a hint of orange juice, this sweet-tart recipe is a holiday classic.

Oktoberfest Recipes

In keeping with the warm, soulful flavors of classic Oktoberfest, this week’s lineup takes a trip to Bavaria with favorites such as smoky bratwurst links, marbled rye bread and locally-made sauerkraut. Complemented by an array of fall all-stars like Delicata squash, German Butterball potatoes, red cabbage and Brussels sprout crowns to incorporate into comforting side dishes, this box also includes farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs, Sauk Farm apple cider, Northwest-grown hazelnuts, and to complete this cozy and comforting feast, a selection of apples from the Bella Luna orchard—prost!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bratwurst with Braised Sauerkraut & Potatoes
This inviting main dish is incredibly flavorful, simmered with luscious sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

German Potato Salad
This satisfying side dish is best served warm.

Brussels Sprout Crown Salad with Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette
This hearty salad is accented by fall apples, tart cranberries and toasted hazelnuts; yum!

Sweet Red Cabbage Slaw
Crafted with fresh cabbage, this sweet-and-sour slaw is a true German classic.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Applesauce
This lovely, chunky applesauce pairs well with this week’s Bavarian fare.

German Potato Salad

This ultra-flavorful and satisfying side dish is best served warm.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds fingerling potatoes, such as this week’s German Butterball variety, washed and cubed into 1-inch pieces (no need to peel)
8 bacon slices, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Fresh chives, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Method:
1. Bring a medium-sized pot of water seasoned generously with salt, to a boil. Toss in the potatoes and reduce to a simmer, cooking until the potatoes are just barely fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and reserve the potatoes.

2. Coat a large sauté pan lightly with olive oil. Toss in the bacon and bring to medium heat. When the bacon is getting brown and crispy, toss in the onions and cook until they are very soft and aromatic, 7 to 8 minutes ; add the garlic and cook until soft but not browned

3. Add the stock and vinegar. Toss in the cooked potatoes while they are still warm; mix together and cook until the liquid has absorbed into the potatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with chives and parsley and serve warm or at room temperature.

Bratwurst with Braised Sauerkraut & Potatoes

This inviting main dish is incredibly flavorful, simmered with luscious sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

Ingredients:
Skagit River Ranch bratwurst links
12 small potatoes, such as this week’s German Butterball
3 cups sauerkraut, drained
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock or water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Soften the onions and butter in a heavy oven-proof pan, browning the onions lightly. Add the sauerkraut, wine, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, turn down, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Then add the potatoes to the sauerkraut mixture and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are barely tender.

2. Meanwhile, in another skillet, simmer the bratwurst in 1-2-inches of water to cover for 20 minutes. Then drain off the water from the skillet and continue cooking just long enough to brown the bratwurst lightly.

3. Place the bratwurst in with the sauerkraut and potatoes and put in the oven at 375° for 15-20 minutes covered.

4. To serve, pile the sauerkraut and potatoes on a heated platter and arrange the bratwurst over the top. Serve with mustard and red cabbage slaw on the side.

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