THANKSGIVING RECIPES: Appetisers

Over the next few days we’re going to bring you some brilliant recipe ideas for Thanksgiving dinner. Now, you might be an American living over here, in which case you’ll be well up on this, but we hope to introduce you to something you may not have tried before. If you’re not American, however, then why not give these ago, whether it’s on Thanksgiving (Thursday 27th November) or not…they are delicious!

We’re going with some tasty appetisers to start. See what you think of these delights.

Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Soup
Yields 8
A silky-smooth soup you can prepare well in advance.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 lb.)
  2. 4 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  4. 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  5. 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  6. 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  7. 1/2 cup grated Manchego or Parmesan cheese
  8. Freshly ground black pepper
  9. Garnishes: olive oil, pomegranate seeds, fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cut cauliflower into 2-inch florets; toss with olive oil and 1/2 tsp. salt. Arrange florets in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Wrap garlic cloves in aluminum foil, and place on jelly-roll pan with cauliflower.
  2. Bake at 425° for 30 to 40 minutes or until cauliflower is golden brown, tossing cauliflower every 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer cauliflower to a large cast iron or ceramic pot. Unwrap garlic, and cool 5 minutes. Peel garlic, and add to cauliflower. Add stock, and bring to a simmer over medium heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Let mixture cool 10 minutes.
  4. Process cauliflower mixture, in batches, in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  5. Return cauliflower mixture to the cooking pot; stir in milk, cheese, and remaining 1 tsp. salt. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add pepper to taste.
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/
Instead of soup you might want something a little lighter (to leave room for all that turkey!). This is a great recipe and easy to do.

Savoury Stuffed Mushrooms
Yields 8
A sweet, tangy yet light appetiser.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for tossing and drizzling
  2. 1 link Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
  3. 24 large white mushrooms, stems removed, reserved and chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/4 cup white wine
  6. 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  7. 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  9. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and once hot, add the turkey sausage and cook, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes.
  3. Once the sausage is beginning to brown, add the mushroom stems and continue to cook until soft and the turkey is cooked through.
  4. Add the garlic and briefly saute until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the white wine and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Cook until the wine has evaporated.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the blue cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley to the sauteed mixture and stir to combine.
  8. Place the mushroom caps cavity-side up on the a sheet tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon the filling into the cavities and drizzle again with olive oil. You may need to pack down the filling with your hands.
  9. Bake 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the turkey sausage for any of your choice.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/
Finally, we have these sweet little dishes. A real treat to kick things off!

Maple Sweet Potato Cups
Yields 8
A sweet potato appetiser you and your guests will love.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 (24-oz.) packages frozen steam-and-mash sweet potatoes
  2. 1/3 cup butter, cut up
  3. 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  5. 3 teaspoons orange zest
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 egg whites
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Steam potatoes according to package directions.
  3. Mash together sweet potatoes and next 5 ingredients.
  4. Spoon mixture into 8 (6-oz.) custard cups. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy.
  6. Add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  7. Spread meringue over sweet potato mixture.
  8. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
  1. If the meringue is too much effort you could try topping with miniature marshmallows or Solo Marshmallow Creme (be sure to adjust the baking time), available from us here at American Soda.
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/

Any of these recipes will make a great start to your Thanksgiving dinner (or any dinner!). And remember, some of the ingredients you can get straight from us!

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