The following originally appeared on 11/21/08 at Exit 51
Want to know a secret? I don’t like turkey. Oh, I love me some crispy roasted turkey skin. But the rest of the bird? Not so much.
I’m not sure when all this started. I used to enjoy the big Thanksgiving dinners that my grandmother made. But then when I got the choice of what to make, I would never choose turkey. So I’m always on the lookout for a non-turkey recipe that will absolutely rock the Thanksgiving table. This year, I’m inspired by Deb over at Smitten Kitchen.
I’ve been looking for a main dish to become our Thanksgiving tradition, and I think with a few tweaks her Mushroom and Barley Pie may just be it. Add some onion, applewood smoked bacon (mmmmm, bacon), wilted spinach, and a few more herbs and spices, and this could be a contender.
We’re big into the roasted veg these days so oven roasted butternut squash will definitely be on the table. And I think I might, just maybe, try and see if I can’t make a decent stuffing. Nothing will ever come close to my grandmother’s so I need to just get over that and find something that can become “my” stuffing.
So if you’re in the neighborhood next Thursday, stop by and see how everything turned out. Just make sure you get your turkey fix taken care of before you do. Because we are officially a gobble, gobble free zone!