Thanksgiving 2010 was definitely a year of firsts: the first time I can remember that it freaking SNOWED on Thanksgiving in the Pacific NW, the first time I went to Matt's parent's house for the holiday and the first time I tried out a new appetizer recipe. A year of firsts, but definitely a wonderful year and I wouldn't have had it any other way (well, maybe other than driving in the snow).
I was asked to bring a couple appetizers as my Thanksgiving meal contribution, which I was more than happy to do. I made my tried and tested baked brie en croute with apple compote (picture above). However, this time I used the Williams Sonoma fall leaf cut outs to make the dough extra festive. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, except the cut out portions got much more brown than the rest of the dough . . . I don't know what's up with that, but it all tasted the same and that is what matters.
I also made a new appetizer this year and I am fairly pleased with how it turned out. I made fig, prosciutto and ricotta bruschetta. I sliced and lightly toasted a baguette with olive oil to start. This baguette came from Marcrina bakery on the top of Queen Anne and it was quite a trek through the ice and snow to buy it, but I was not going to let my cooking plans get ruined because of the stupid snow. I braved the elements and walked to the bakery. Many near falls down the hill on ice patches and three hours later I returned to my apartment victorious with my cooking supplies! I worked for that damned bruschetta to happen, believe me! Anyway, after I spread the fig jam on the top of each piece of toast, topped that with a dollop of whole milk ricotta and finally with a piece of salty prosciutto. It was a tasty combination and I would make it again, but next time I will be more generous with the meat to balance the flavors better.
I forgot to get a picture of the bruschetta after I made it because I was so shaken up after our drive up to Snohomish. The ground looked like this (see pic below) on Thanksgiving morning outside my apartment window and Snohomish was much worse than Seattle.
We got out of Seattle just fine and navigated the freeways just fine, but the hill in Matt's parents neighborhood was a sheet of ice and we had to solicit the help of some random neighbors to push my car into the driveway. Needless to say, after the drive up there I was a bit stressed . . . but it was nothing that a couple cocktails and good food couldn't fix.
I hope everyone had a great (and delicious) Thanksgiving!