01 December 2009

turkey turkey tacos

A few days before actual Thanksgiving, we hosted a little Thanksgiving Fiesta.
On the menu:
Pulled Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa
Chips with Guacamole, Salsa & Queso
Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
Cheddar & Jalapeno Biscuits
Stuffin' Muffins
Assorted Pies
Homemade Sangria

We supplied the tacos with cranberry salsa, stuffing and homemade sangria. Our guests brought the rest. To avoid a very public photo frenzy, I snapped a few shots of the set-up prior to guest arrival... our spread increased three-fold once the party actually started, but here is how it looked while I was still in my apron.

This was a risk for us. Two turkey breasts on the bone with skin (which I refused to touch, obvi), seasoned with Fiesta-y flavors and shoved in a crockpot with a cup or two of turkey stock. Cooked on low for 8 hours. Let it cool a bit and then shredded it all up and threw it back in the slow cooker with some extra seasoning. Perfection! There was no backup plan.

Jalapeno & Pumpkin centerpiece.

Our improvised sangria station. We made a sizeable cooler of red wine sangria and served it from half gallon glass jugs (growlers) we've collected from various breweries. Bright bendy straws in a gorgeous hand-thrown vase & our usual mason jars completed the bar setting. (For those of you nervous about the Turntable-As-Bar, fear not... we didn't really do much pouring on it.)

Wine-soaked fruit kebab garnishes for the sangria.

Cranberry Salsa. Throw a bag or so of fresh cranberries and two chopped apples into your food processor and pulse until fine. Then we added in 2-3 finely chopped jalapenos, chopped bell pepper, cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice and dash of salt. Totally forgot onions, which would have been nice. This definitely got better with age, so make a day ahead of time and cover.

Thanksgiving Fiesta Taco Bar.

I only wish that we had a bigger place so we could have invited more people. We almost need to plan our soirees in shifts to accomodate all the peeps we'd like to hang out with... Fiesta #1, Fiesta #2.... Fondue Night A and Fondue Night B, etc. Maybe one day we'll just say Screw It and pack our place so tightly that friends are eating Warm Goat Cheese Toasts with Rosemary, Walnuts & Honey in our closets, bathroom and under our bed. It would be a challenge, at least.

1 comment:

  1. looks and sounds delicious!!! wish i could have been there!!!!


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