Thanksgiving is an important meal not just because of its overwhelming amount of work and the nostalgic significance attached to each of the dishes, but also because it kicks off the holiday entertaining season. It's the first big meal to get you into the holiday spirit. So we're going to share a few bits and pieces from our own Thanksgiving day and see what we can hold on to as inspiration for the rest of the month.
First up is breakfast. We had guests arriving around noon on the day of Thanksgiving itself, so we planned a light brunch for when they arrived. On the menu? Pie! Yes, the Pie Bakeoff really inspired us all this past month. I have been realizing specifically how good pie is as a make-ahead breakfast or dessert. So I made a crustless leek and chard tart and my own recipe for apple-blackberry-ginger pie.
I made both of these the night before, and all that was left on the morning of (while I was also running around doing things for Thanksgiving dinner) was to warm the tart in the oven and put out fruit, coffee, and juice.
The recipes I used:
• Leek and Swiss Chard Tart
(sans crust) at Epicurious
• Apple-Blackberry Pie with Ginger
What did you do for Thanksgiving breakfast? Do you have any traditions for breakfast on Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Related: Thanksgiving Morning: What's Your Tradition?
(Images: Faith Durand; tart image by Jeff Sarpa for Bon Appétit)