Thanksgiving is a perfect day to celebrate and give thanks to your family and friends. The best celebration is a special dinner with delicious dishes and an exquisite menu. We’ll give you some alternatives to the typical turkey where beef is the star.
Best Starters for a Delicious Dinner
Starters are important as they will whet your guests’ appetite. But, they have to be light starters and choose only two or three to reserve appitite for the main course. It is also advisable to take care in the presentation and put a beautiful decoration on the table, on your plates and in your dining room.
The ideas that we propose as starters are:
- Beef pastries. If your guests are real veal lovers, these empanadas are perfect as a first starter. This recipe is healthy, delicious and they can be eaten in individual portions.
- Mushroom filled beef knuckle ravioli. If you prefer intense flavors and more elaborate dishes, this is the ideal dish.
- Grilled salsa steak appetizer. If you just want to whet your appetite and your dinner is a bit casual, these nachos with beef are tasty and will be a success.
- Parmesan pomegranate skirt salad. To start a sophisticated dinner, with delicate but intense flavors at the same time, this salad is the best option.
You can choose one starter, two or combine them all. That depends on your tastes and those of your guests. But they are all perfect for having fun and enjoying good food and company!
The Main Dish: Classic Beef Stew with Pumpkin
The main dish is the star of this special night. You need to cook something to impress your guests and everyone will love it. So this pumpkin beef stew is what you need to spike up your dinner.
The ingredients for this recipe are: 2 pounds of beef cut into cubes; 3 large potatoes; 4 carrots; 1 pepper; 4 garlic cloves; 1 medium onion; 1 can of diced tomatoes; 1 pumpkin; salt; pepper; oil; 1 cup of water.
In a pot, brown beef in oil. Add the water, potatoes, carrots, pepper, garlic, onion all cut in slices. Then add salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in tomatoes. Wash pumpkin, cut in circles around the top stem. Remove top and set aside. Discard seeds and loosen fibers from inside.
Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin and replace top. Brush with oil outside of the pumpkin and bake it at 325º for 2 hours approximately. Serve, eat and enjoy!
Sweet End: The Dessert
To finish a special night cinnamon rolls are the perfect idea. It’s a quick dish, delicious and not heavy. Or if you like fruits you can cook an apple pie or a chocolate bread for chocolate lovers.