This year we are hosting a dairy Thanksgiving feast.
The idea germinated when I realized that Thanksgiving this year falls out right after Michelle’s birthday. Since Michelle loves Italian dairy foods, it just made sense to offer a dairy menu instead of the traditional Thanksgiving fare. Since kosher dietary laws prevent the combination of milk and meat, once I chose to go dairy, it precluded having a turkey as the centerpiece of the meal.
Truth be told, I thought to create a vegetarian turkey. I defrosted two bags of frozen broccoli and brussel sprouts and formed these green vegetables into the shape of a turkey. I roasted the “green turkey” in the oven with just a drizzle of olive oil, Himalayan sea salt and a dash of balsamic vinegar. The oven was set on a timed bake cycle while I set out to run some errands. My plan was that once I returned, the green vegetable turkey would be ready and cooled down. I would then cover the top of the green turkey with mozzarella cheese and strips of puffed pastry. Once baked, I hoped that it would resemble a turkey and would make a great centerpiece to our dairy Thanksgiving table.
That seemed like a great plan. Except, there were two problems: Leah had a day off from school and the roasted broccoli and brussel sprout turkey smelled so delicious once ready.
And, Leah claims that there was a third problem, too. My green turkey really didn’t bear a close enough resemblance to a turkey. When she came down for her morning coffee, the timed bake timer was ringing and the oven had just shut off as planned. She peeked inside the oven and just couldn’t resist tasting the mound of broccoli and brussel sprouts. And, the taste was so delicious that she ate nearly the whole pan of vegetables. Leah claimed that she had no idea that this was the start of a vegetable turkey.
So, it was back to the drawing board.
With no green vegetables left to recreate the Thanksgiving turkey, I had to try something else. So, I opted to reintroduce Thanksgiving to our dairy feast with these adorable Pilgrim hats.
The good news is..they are so simple that my four year old granddaughter made them with a bit of assistance from Davida, my youngest daughter. It took only two simple ingredients and just a few minutes to prepare.
And, Leah is still busy taste-testing.
Chocolate OREO’s or chocolate sandwich cookies
Reese’s mini peanut butter cups
Unwrap all the peanut butter cups, removing the outer foil wrap and the paper wrapper around the chocolate. Carefully separate the sandwich cookies, taking care to leave some cream o both cookies.
Gently press the peanut butter cup into the center of the cookie, using the cream from the center to help adhere the peanut butter cup.