Each year as I plan my Thanksgiving menu, a feeling of boredom and weariness settles over me when I contemplate preparing and serving the same old dishes, year after year. This creates no enthusiasm for the dinner at all. Each year I imagine creating some new offerings that will add a bit of interest and inspiration to the meal.
This year, I'm going to do it! Of course, I realize (and have to take into account) there are those people who will be present who would balk at not having their particular "favorites" on the table. So even if I do manage to add new dishes, I'll have to do what needs to be done to satisfy certain
Aaaanyway, I've gone through some of my cook books that have specific Thanksgiving recipes, and made a list of those I'd like to try out before Turkey Day arrives.
I seriously doubt I'll be able to work my way through all these possibilities, but I do want to try as many of them as I can without spending six hours a day in the kitchen. (I do have a couple [oh, ya] of end-of-the-season tasks to accomplish before late fall/winter time arrives.)
To this end, I got busy yesterday and chose a recipe for cornmeal muffins which I made and served with our large tossed salad at noon time.
Papa Pea and I have never been overly fond of cornbread or cornmeal muffins. Myself, I think it has to do with the "dry" texture usually found when using cornmeal. This recipe is different and we both liked it a lot.
I thought I'd share it with you as the muffins would be excellent with any meal including simple soups, stews or salads. I found the recipe in a Taste of Home cook book and adapted it to our tastes.
Cornmeal Muffins with Corn
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup cooked and mashed pumpkin
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
In a large bowl, combine the first six dry ingredients.
Combine the egg, pumpkin, buttermilk and
butter in a small bowl.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry
ingredients just until blended.
Fold in corn.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups about
two-thirds full and bake in a 400 degree
oven for 12-15 minutes or until a
toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to
a wire rack. Makes 1 dozen.
These are all that were left at the end of the day yesterday. Chicken Mama and Gilligan gave their seal of approval also.
The addition of the pumpkin makes for a moist texture although the flavor of same doesn't come through. (I used some home-canned pumpkin of my own, so I don't know if there would be a difference if using commercially canned pumpkin.) Next time around, I'll add even more corn kernels as the unexpected pop and burst of flavor they added was great.
I guess planning ahead does work out sometimes. One new possible Thanksgiving recipe tried, and one success!