Thank you to Balduccis for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
There are some traditions that I don’t mess with. The Thanksgiving menu is one of them. Roast turkey and all “the fixins” must be consumed on Thanksgiving followed by pumpkin pie and football watching. As a rule, we don’t eat roast turkey on any other day of the year. Which means that when Thanksgiving comes around, it’s a really special treat. The same can be said for the other seasonal dishes such as stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
My girlfriend is hosting us for Thanksgiving and I offered to bring some side dishes and desserts. I’ll be blogging about the desserts on Wednesday, but today it is all about the important side dishes! I love to cook, but I didn’t want to take on too much so I turned to Balduccis, Food Lover’s Market for the sides. Their Thanksgiving menu can be found here, I am sure you’ll agree that it is pretty spectacular. You can call to place an order for Thanksgiving or swing by one of their stores in Westport or Greenwich to see what they have freshly prepared.
After looking over their menu, I settled on several side dishes that look amazing. The one that I am most excited about is the Corn Casserole made with bacon, scallion and cheddar cheese. You had me at bacon. I zipped to Balduccis and when I got home I decided it would be prettiest presented in small servings. I scooped spoonfuls of the casserole into individual oven-proof bowls and browned the casserole under the broiler until the cheese melted. I love how they turned out!
I let them cool and covered them in plastic wrap and placed them in the refrigerator so they will be ready for Thursday. About 20 minutes before dinner, I will simply ask the hostess to pop them into the oven to get them warm.
I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the step-by-step photos and recipe for apple cake with sweet goat cheese frosting. I’m thinking that the entire cake needs to be drizzled with homemade caramel sauce.