In addition to giving thanks, there’s so much more to Thanksgiving than canned relish, mashed potatoes and turkey if you’re willing to be creative. We asked our team what out-of-the-box dishes they plan on bringing to the table and you may be surprised what you find!
Apple Crostada. It’s fall, a time for spiced drinks and desserts, so why not make one of our Little Italy favorites for dessert? That’s what Regional Operating Chef Paolo Pineda plans to do, but there’s more: “I like to add fresh pumpkin or butternut squash to this recipe and make it with a gluten free crust. Top it with homemade cinnamon gelato, and you’re set.”
Bacon-Wrapped Maple Sausage, Roasted Potatoes & a Cheese Course. Hayley, from Maggiano’s Training team loves “wrapping maple sausages in bacon. Being from England, a customary dish is roasted potatoes. It has simple seasonings like garlic, onion, chives and basil, but it’s so comforting, I make four trays of it! Another thing I like to make is a cheese and fruit tray – it’s a common dessert course – I use Brie, garlic & herbed goat cheese, sharp cheddar, Gouda, apples, assorted nuts and pepperoni.
Cotija, Cheddar & Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese. Stephanie on Maggiano’s Marketing team said, “I wanted to upgrade the mac and cheese that my mom buys from the frozen section. After years of being inspired by the Culinary team, I thought I’d learn how to make a nice roux and béchamel for the creamiest dish. I’m excited about that kick from the aged, English cheddar, Cotija cheese and chorizo. Instead of elbow macaroni, I’m using penne.”
Homemade Cranberry Sauce. Tyson’s Corner’s Executive Chef John Reavis says, “homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and it tastes so great with my family’s dressing recipe. My recipe has a little orange zest and brandy. The best part is the next day – I put the leftover cranberry sauce on my grilled cheese. Just a little fontina and Dijon mustard on the bread, and I spread the cranberry sauce on right before it hits my Panini press.”
Shrimp & Butternut Squash Bruschetta. Chef Jeff Mann, likes to share a light bite with everyone while he performs his culinary magic for his holiday spread. “While we watch parades, dog shows and football, I prepare an appetizer. I like to take advantage of the season’s best ingredients, so with my leftover butternut squash from another recipe, I can make a delicious and light snack.”
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