I'm Being Forced to Bring a Relish Tray to Thanksgiving!

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Q: We're having Thanksgiving dinner with friends this year, people who love to prepare and eat good food as much as we do. Sounds good, right? The down side is that we have been asked to provide a fruit salad and a relish tray. A relish tray?!? No clear-thinking person is going to eat raw vegetables or out-of-season fruit when there's green bean casserole and pie!

I am wondering if you or the readers have any fresh ideas for these dusty old standards.

Sent by Sara

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Editor: Sara, yes we do! Dana did a wonderful post last year on updating the relish tray:

Thanksgiving Inspiration: The Modern Relish Tray

Watch out - some of the fresh, modern, tasty ideas there might make your relish tray the sleeper hit of the party!

Also consider re-interpreting the relish tray entirely and bringing lots of little vegetable "bites", complete with dots of gooey cheese, sour cream, or chevre. Here are a few examples of what we mean:

Beets on Crostini with Goat Cheese
Cool Shrimp and Cucumber Crackers
Radish, Boursin, and Chive Tartines

People really can't resist little bite-sized things. It's failsafe.

And as far as the fruit salad goes, we would just about kill for a bite of grapefruit or persimmon at Thanksgiving dinner; aim for something bright, citrusy, and tart — a relief between all that rich food. For instance:

Recipe: Citrus and Onion Salad

Readers, any more thoughts for Sara?

 

Related: In Praise of the Relish Tray

(Images: Rick's Picks; Dana Velden)

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