by Sarah Shotwell

fall-iday-feast_blogFor many, Thanksgiving will start early with office potlucks and “Friendsgiving” gatherings. If you are potlucking with friends, coworkers, or family this season, push yourself beyond the standard jello salad and marshmallow yams, and try something one of these modern, easy, group-friendly dishes. These ideas, along with our delicious TCM wine pairings, will help you step up your potluck game in no time!

 

Appetizer: Cheesy Pearl Onion Spread

Simmer a pound of peeled pearl onions in water until tender. Add onions to a ceramic baking dish greased with butter. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and add two tablespoons of flour, stirring until combined and golden brown. Add a half cup of dry white wine, a cup of heavy cream, a good pinch of sea salt, and some fresh cracked pepper. Simmer and whisk well for 5 minutes. Pour over the onions, and sprinkle with a hefty handful of grated Gruyere cheese. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and crispy. Served warm with sliced baguette.

TCM Wine Pairing: Ridgerider Cellars Chardonnay 2014, Central Coast, California

 

Soup: Curried Pumpkin Soup

Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a large pot and sauté one cup of chopped onion and a few smashed garlic cloves until soft and fragrant. Add two cans of pumpkin puree, a can of coconut milk, a can of chicken broth, and three cans of water. Season with salt, pepper, curry powder, grated fresh ginger, and cardamom. Simmer for thirty minutes before taking soup off the heat to blend with an immersion blender. Adjust seasoning to taste, and serve hot.

TCM Wine Pairing: La Roccaccia 2015 from Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, Italy

 

Side: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts

Cut up bacon and fry in a pan until crisp. Toss trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts with bacon pieces, a sprinkle of olive oil, and chopped bottled chestnuts. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Sprinkle with goat cheese and balsamic glaze for a little extra decadence!

TCM Wine Pairing: Picco Attila Merlot Refosco 2014 from Delle Venezie IGP, Italy

 

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