Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner Italian Style 2015

 We have made our Italian Style Thanksgiving Feast a tradition in our home. Many of the dishes are the same as last year. 
antipasto platters

Course 1: Antipasto platter consisted of a nitrate free chorizo, olives and artichokes. The vegan one was a raw vegetable antipasto platter  consisting of onion, zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper, and green beans in a orange marinade.
The wine for this course is a pinot grigio

Course 2: Salad consisted of mixed greens and radishes from our garden, red peppers, carrots,, cucumbers, and sprouts.
The wine for this course is a pinor noir

Course 3: Last year the guys "complained" that there was no turkey, so this year instead of chicken soup we made turkey soup. For the vegans we made Black Forest Mushroom Soup.
Black Forest Mushroom
The wine for this course is a Sauvigon blanc


Course 4: Rice pasta with a living tomato sauce
The wine for this course is Chianti

Course 5: For a main dish we served braciole stiffed with ricotta cheese and a herb mix, as well as a raw zucchini manicotti

Zucchini manicotti

The ricotta cheese recipe is

Herb Ricotta cheese
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup pinenuts
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1 probiotic capsule
1 cup filtered water
green beam casserole
Directions: combine everything in a high speed blender and process until smooth. Place in a glass container leaving on the counter overnight. Refrigerate until ready to use.
As a side we had raw green beans casserole, using celery instead of mushrooms.
The wine for this course is Sangiovese

Course 6: Fruit and cheese platter was served. We used a soft cheese, as well as an almond feta served with pitted dates, raspberries, and pear slices
The wine for this course is Riesling

Course 7: Dessert is Raw Raspberry White Chocolate Tort using cacao butter instead of coconut oil, served with sparking apple or lemon kefir, herbal teas, and coffee.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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