Turkey Day Practice

Diligent Gentle Readers will recall that this past January we took a wonderful trip to Brazil. You will also recall that in the midst of afore-mentioned gastronomic excess we had a wonderful lunch in Rio with some very neat and creative food, most notably a cheese/shrimp mixture inside a pumpkin


At the time it struck me that how cool would that be back here in Gringolandia for Thanksgiving?

Well, since we have some Outlaws and Relations coming, I thought it best if I gave it a trial run this weekend.

Of course, I also decided that I’d best subject myself and my poor Bride to a trial run of wine as well, as I just simply could not inflict untested wine upon our Dear Guests


This wine, at $28, ain’t cheap, and it had a 93 or so rating from Parker. It just didn’t do a lot for me, frankly. My Beloved Bride liked the faint smoky character it has, but to me it was rather tepid and plain. Oh well, it still contained alcohol.

Anyhoo, I bought me a few mini pumpkins, which are surprisingly hard to find post-Halloween,


and hollowed the suckers out


and put them in a 325º oven to roast for, oh, 25 minutes or so.

I then took my Costco brie


and cut off the outer rind and placed it, along with some diced red bell pepper, two shakes of dehydrated onion and cracked black pepper in a double boiler (my Bride’s idea)


and let that gently meld and merge and then I glopped it into the pumpkins, added a few pre-cooked shrimp and some more black pepper


and then back into the oven for another 20-25 minutes of cooking while I made the saltimboca


At this stage the first bottle gave up the ghost and I moved to the next potential Turkey Day wine


This was another Not Cheap wine ($30) and I was again underwhelmed. Yes, it had a more pronounced butterscotch and ripe melon character than the previous wine, but dang it still to me was not worth this kind of money. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

I have to say the timing worked out pretty well, as the time it took, all of 20 minutes really, to prepare the saltimboca was just the right amount of time for the pumpkins to get all bubbly cheesey in their goodness


and the flavor was quite tasty, especially when topped with fresh cilantro and you scraped some of the rich pumpkin flesh onto your spoon with the cheese.

As far as the wine goes, well I’ll just have to buy a few more different bottle and keep experimenting.


7 Responses to “Turkey Day Practice”

  1. tree hugging sister says:

    I’ll forgive you the murdered pumpkins because that looks so DAMNED beautiful. Oh, WELL DONE, little brother!

  2. Gunslinger says:

    Three words…

    Dee Lish Us!

  3. leelu says:

    If you can find it, Grgich Hills make a wonderful Chard, but it is expensiver that the ones you tried. Best I’ve ever had, I think.

    (No, Grgich is not a typo…)

  4. JeffS says:

    This home video of Mr. Bingley growing up may explain his fascination with pumpkins.

    And it features appearances by The Tree Hugging Sister™, NJSue, and other familiar faces!

  5. Fausta says:

    Claude? Claude?

  6. Chancy Girl says:

    I think you should try my default Chardonnay – Dreaming Tree. I get it at Buy Rite on Newman Springs Rd., Red Bank. Let me know what you think.

  7. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’ll give that a look, Chancy!

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