Alternative Thanksgiving Meal

People expect mashed potatoes and stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner, but wow your guests by serving them alongside rich, tender short ribs. They’ll be grateful for the surprise!

Alternative Thanksgiving Meals: Braised Short Ribs of Beef

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  • Carrots, Large – 2
  • Celery – 1 1/2 Cups
  • Celery Stalks, Large – 2
  • Crimini Mushrooms – 12 Ounces
  • Fresh Rosemary – 7 Sprig
  • Fresh Thyme – 7 Sprig
  • Garlic Cloves – 16
  • Leeks – 1 Cup
  • Russet or Baking Potatoes – 2 Pounds
  • Yellow Onion, Large – 1
  • Beef Short Ribs, Bone In, 3?x2? – 8
  • Butter, Unsalted – 12 Tablespoons
  • Heavy Cream – 1/2 Cup
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 3 Tablespoons
  • Canola Oil – 2 Tablespoons
  • Beef Stock, Low Sodium – 1 Quart
  • Tomato Paste – 3 Ounces
  • Vegetable Stock – 1 Cup
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Peppercorns – 10
  • Dried Bay Leaves – 2
  • Dried Thyme Leaves – 1 Teaspoon
  • Flour – 3 Tablespoon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 3 Tablespoons
  • Canola Oil – 2 Tablespoons
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – 1 Bottle

Braised Short Ribs of Beef

This dish is hearty, delicious and just downright nourishing to the belly and soul. Carve out time to get these short ribs roasting in the oven, and you’ll see why they’re worth the effort.

Alternative Holiday Meal: Braised Short Ribs of Beef

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SIDE DISH: Veggie Stuffing

Traditional flavors of classic dressing are delicious all year-round.

Holiday Side Dish from Cooking Planit: Veggie Stuffing

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SIDE DISH: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Acorn squash lends itself well to the combination of savory and sweet, as showcased in this recipe with butter and brown sugar.

Cooking Planit Holiday Side Dish: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Friends, Dessert, Wine – Who Could Ask For More?

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Who doesn’t like spending some time away from the kids and go out with your girlfriends especially during the holidays?  I know I do, and I know several other moms who are in the same boat.  Dinner and wine normally goes hand in hand.  It’s somewhat easy to know what wines go with which foods.   However, when it comes to dessert, everybody gets confused to what the rules are.  When deciding which wine to pair with your food, you need to think about the acidity, intensity, and sweetness of both the wine and the dessert. A good rule of thumb is that the wine should always be sweeter than the dessert. Here is list of a few desserts and what wines go best with them:

If you are eating an apple pie, look at drink a late-harvest Riesling, Various Ice Wines, Muscat, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Blueberry Wine, Sauternes, and even pink champagne.

If you are eating something with blueberries, you want Brut Sparkling Wines, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat, or Zinfandel.

The most important mix — chocolate and wine. 🙂 You want to pair chocolate with a Late-Harvest Riesling, Raspberry Wine, Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, late-harvest Pinot Noir, Banyuls, Grenache, Australian Shiraz, or port.

If you are having cake, you want Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, or Muscat.

If you are having custard or pudding, look for Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat or Asti Spumanti (my personal favorite!).

If fresh fruit is on the menu, you want a Late-Harvest Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, or Muscat.

The best wines that go with nuts are Port, Brut Sparkling Wine, and Angelica.

How do you decide what to pair with dessert? Or do you serve wine with dessert at all?

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.