Adventurous Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

 Thanksgiving
on October 15, 2012
Pomegranate Roasted Leg of Lamb
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Turkey is the indisputable star of America’s Thanksgiving table, but some people are thankful for lamb.

Our adventurous menu re-imagines a seasonal feast while keeping a few recognizable elements. Potatoes? Check. Winter squash? Check. Pomegranate roast lamb? Okay, well, it’s not exactly a mainstream dinner, but the flavors of our “Adventurous Thanksgiving” lineup will dazzle you and your lucky guests.

An out-of-the-ordinary meal needs an out-of-the-ordinary starter. Airy cheddar puffs offer a little something to go with pre-meal drinks, wine or tea. Our version, based on French gougere, are smaller than normal for an easy to eat, two-bite finger food.

Mediterranean influences flavor a beautifully roast leg of lamb and the potato side dish. The boneless lamb marinates in rosemary, balsamic vinegar and pomegranate juice before cooking. Layers of thinly sliced potato alternate with of feta and onions. A hot cream mixture is poured over the whole thing. When baked, the cream mixture melds the layers together for an outrageously rich take on potatoes dauphinoise.

The feast ends with a dramatic flourless chocolate walnut layer cake with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream. Traditional or not, it’s a menu to be thankful for.

—By Nicki Pendleton Wood

Want a menu that’s more traditional? Try this.

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  • Heidi Lasher-Oakes

    Thank you! I had thought that I would like to make a lamb roast this year, and did a Google search for “lamb thanksgiving” to see what came up. This was the second link I clicked on. Bingo! I’m making the roast as-is, and making the potato dish with celeriac and fennel. I can’t wait for dinner tomorrow! I love this holiday. 🙂

    ETA: OMG, this was AMAZING. I made the potatoes Dauphinoise, too, with my own mods, as follows. (1) I replaced the potatoes with celery root; (2) I replaced the milk and cream with cashew cream made with home made chicken stock; and (3) I used some home made cashew bread to make the bread crumbs. So good.