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A Feast with a Twist

Liven Up Your Thanksgiving with a New Take on the Old

We’re not suggesting that your family and friends are chafing at the same old, same old Thanksgiving dinner and that you have to revamp the menu – after all, who can resist the aroma and flavors of a roasted turkey, the nutty, sage-y essence of homemade dressing, and pecan or pumpkin pie? What we’d like to offer here are a few tasty alternatives, or additions, sides and a dessert, to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The recipes we’ve come up with are fairly easy to put together, and in most cases they can be made the day before.

We start with our favorite course, dessert.
Creamy Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie
(Makes 8 servings)
• One can (15 to 16 oz.) pure pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, depending on how spicy a flavor you enjoy
• One quart (4 cups) of a lower fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened
• One 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust
• Whipped topping, if desired
Directions:
1. Mix the pumpkin, sugar and spice until well blended.
2. Quickly mix pumpkin mixture with the softened ice cream.
3. Pour into crumb crust and freeze, uncovered, until firm — a couple of hours.
4. When pie is frozen, cover with plastic wrap and then cover with freezer-quality foil or place in a freezer bag and squish out the air.
5. Thaw pie slightly at room temperature (about 5 to 10 minutes) before serving. Top with whipped topping, if you like.

And check out Tyler Florence’s Apple Pecan Stuffing Mix featured on foodnetwork , Prosciutto-Wrapped Parmesan-Pecan Dates, and Focaccia with Roasted Squash, both from Delish.

And finally, give a toast to all the things you’re thankful for with a cold, sparkling glassful of Riondo Prosecco.harvest