Dried beans are budget- and pantry-friendly, and we probably all have stashed more of them this year than usual. This dish based on onions, celery, carrots, rosemary, and red wine, amazingly reminds us a lot of our favorite beef stew. Though it does contain bacon, it’s still more plant-foward and planet-friendly, making it a great alternative when you need a bowl of comfort food on a cold evening.
For Thanksgiving this year we spatchcocked a turkey two days in advance and brined it in buttermilk. It was delicious, and had the added benefit of giving us time to make this homemade turkey stock in advance, which we then used in Day-Before Gravy (trying to simultaneously make gravy and get the meal on the table is quite stressful for me, so making it in advance is key!).
This recipe includes instructions for browning the raw turkey parts, unlike most recipes that assume you’ve already roasted your turkey.
Our friend Sarah is well-known in the group for her sangria recipe. Whenever she has a party, she puts out a pitcher of sangria mix and a bottle of ginger ale, alongside instructions for mixing them — half and half, unless you’d like it stronger or lighter. I love it so much, I now serve it at my parties, too.
Making risotto takes patience, which is part of why Guy is so good at making it. I much prefer his risotto to any I could get in a restaurant, and he often makes it for special occasions.
This risotto has soft cubes of sweet potato, dry white wine, Parmesan cheese, and fresh oregano.