Since the main focal point of the Thanksgiving meal is almost always a beautifully cooked turkey it is imperative that the rest of the dishes are parve in a kosher Thanksgiving feast. One year I decided I was missing out by not having an opportunity to try all the side dishes I was reading about in the glossy cooking magazines that called for things like Mascarpone cheese and heavy cream. To solve this problem we decided to make a dairy meal for the Shabbat after Thanksgiving made up almost entirely of assorted side dishes. Besides the fact that two huge heavy meals in a row was perhaps not the best idea we enjoyed having a chance to try all those dishes but in the end decided that there were plenty of delicious parve options and it wasn’t worth the trouble.
The big surprise of that experience was the pumpkin pie. The parve pumpkin pie I made (based on the recipe on the back of the Libby’s Pumpkin Puree) for the real Thanksgiving meal tasted identical to the dairy version I made the following night. This pie is sure to please anyone looking for the classic Thanksgiving standard, and it is super quick to throw together which is an added bonus.
In our family we don’t just make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. There has to be pecan pie too. This Pecan Pie is a parve adaptation of the pecan pie recipe from Cooks Illustrated Magazine. I make it every year even though it is more work than a standard pecan pie. Rather than just stirring everything for the filling together and then pouring it into the crust, the filling is cooked over the stove first. This deepens the flavors and makes the pie so much more delicious. This is especially important when there isn’t the automatic flavor boost of butter to rely on. Every year as I am standing over the stove stirring the filling I question if this step is really worth it, but one bite of the finished pie and I am sold on this recipe once again.
While pie is traditional for Thanksgiving this Pumpkin Ice Cream is a nice change of pace. Easy to throw together, with all the flavor of pumpkin pie this ice cream is a nice compromise if you don’t want to make several different pies but want to make something for those who think Thanksgiving can’t be complete without something pumpkin. (Another great option is this Pumpkin Pot de Crème)
Whether at a Thanksgiving feast or as a delicious treat anytime these desserts are a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Especially if served with a scoop of Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream.