I am doing a Hanukkah dinner and Miriam asked for Brussels sprouts as the vegetable. I was making a lamb meatloaf that would be using the oven and I wanted a way that I could shorten the time it would take to roast the sprouts. My solution was to half steam my vegetables, so that I could quickly roast them in the oven at the last minute after I took the meat out to rest.
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I needed a hot vegetable dish that I could prep ahead and then quickly cook at the last minute. I had bought a leek that I did not use this week and I thought that would go nicely with oyster mushrooms (a favorite of Miriam and Chris). I would be cutting the leeks hours before I was intending to cook them. To keep them from drying out, I would keep them in cool water. To dry them out before sautéing, I would use the Salad Spinner that Miriam gave me for my birthday last year.
I usually do my traditional recipes for Thanksgiving. I do not do anything spectacular for the turkey (butter and Bell’s Poultry Seasoning under the skin and apple, lemon and herbs in the cavity) and I have already posted my Thanksgiving stuffing. Chris, my son-in-law, requested my cauliflower au gratin (yes, this is the third time in three weeks—he and Jan really like this dish). Other dishes we made this year were Jan’s Cranberry Cumberland Sauce and Jan’s Pecan Pumpkin Pie (this was just her pumpkin pie topped with pecans). The other dish that Jan requested for this year was mixed roasties.
I had planned on making this German feast last year, but the meal fell apart. I think Miriam got sent off to Peru for work (just like she is today). Chris is still coming over, so I am going to go ahead and make it this time.
Georgian Shilaplavi is a rice dish that is described as being like a risotto. I have some diners who prefer little or no starch. I have learned that cauliflower is a versatile and good substitute. It is filling and can be “manipulated” in a number of ways to imitate some starch ingredients.
I am making a pot roast this week, but my son-in-law is still on his Ketogenic diet and my wife Jan is also watching her starch intake. These restrictions means that I cannot add potatoes to the roast as would be the normal accompaniment to the savory meat. Man does not live on meat alone, but I know a few who have tried.