At Founding Farmers, we love nothing more than relishing at the sight of a full dining room filled with our guests, their families and friends gathering together around a table to honor the traditions of the season while enjoying a fresh and delicious Thanksgiving meal.
As we prepare to welcome guests into the restaurants this Thanksgiving, we wanted to share some Thanksgiving favorites to inspire home cooks for holiday menu planning.
In the restaurants, we offer a special set menu of signature holiday options that begins with shared plates of fresh skillet cornbread and buttermilk biscuits accompanied with sea salted honey butter and seasonal preserves. For the first course, we offer the warmth of a classic butternut squash soup topped with a light drizzle of cranberry crème fraîche and fresh pumpkin seeds. If your guests prefer salad to soup, we suggest a salad of field greens accompanied by warm maple goat cheese, sliced beets, and red pear.
For the main course, go all out with a hearty offering – we do: freshly roasted turkey is topped with thick and flavorful gravy, and paired with hearty, wonderful sides of roasted chestnut cornbread stuffing, double whipped creamy red potatoes, and deliciously savory sautéed green beans with candied pieces of lemon. We also add in a halved sweet potato with pecan butter, roasted maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and garnish the plate with a large spoonful of tangy, fresh cranberry relish.
And, oh, the desserts – the best part if you ask us! We make several options from scratch, as we believe you shouldn’t have to choose just one divine dessert to end the meal (especially on Thanksgiving). Guests should save room for sharing some pumpkin, pecan, coconut cream, chocolate cream or Dutch apple caramel pie. Nearly every one of these recipes can be found in The Founding Farmers Cookbook, too – it makes a great gift!
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you in the restaurants soon.