Ladybird and I are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 25ish of our nearest and dearest tomorrow. We’ve split up a lot of the work and I’m very jazzed about how things are turning out. We’ve made a few concessions due to time, but the food’s going to be so tremendous, i don’t think anyone will mind drinking out of a plastic cup.
I’m providing dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, braised mushrooms, a congealed salad (a fixture on my mother’s T-day table, recipe below the fold), a dip for the appetizer spread and two cocktails (pomegranate-rosemary champagne punch and celery juleps for the hard liquor crowd.
So far, I’ve made my mom’s (via Gramma Great) Orange Fluffy Salad, recipe below the fold:
The Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes, currently in the fridge in my largest Le Creuset buffet casserole:
And the syrups for the cocktails (celery syrup below, a beautiful vivid green):
Regarding the Orange Fluffy Salad, I am of the opinion that congealed salads are a gift from heaven and those who turn up their noses or sneer at them are sent from hell to keep us from a loving god. Or I would if I believed in shit like that. Seriously, in 2 or 3 years, foodies are going to “discover” congealed salads and then we’re never going to hear the fucking end of it. My mom has, conservatively, 6000 congealed salad recipes. There are three that are so superior that I closely guard the recipes. I share this one with you.
Orange Fluffy Salad
- 1 11oz can mandarin oranges, each segment chopped in half and juice reserved
- 1 15oz can crushed pineapple in juice, juice reserved
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 3oz packet orange jello
- 1 8oz tub Cool Whip
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
In a saucepan, whisk egg, sugar and flour until smooth. Add reserved juices and heat over medium heat until thickened slightly (do not boil). Off heat, add jello and stir to dissolve.Cool to room temp. Add crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges. Fold in Cool Whip and marshmallows. Pour into a pretty bowl and chill for at least 6 hours, overnight is best. Serve, eat and feel the love.