Saturday, November 26, 2011

Food Coma

We had a dusting of snow in Utah for Thanksgiving. It made for a beautiful scenic drive to my sister-in-law's family's house for Thanksgiving dinner.
As I mentioned in previous posts, we are a family of foodies and eaters, and Thanksgiving is no exception.  We cooked up a storm, literally all day. 
Holidays for us usually consist of lots and lots of cooking of authentic Chinese cuisine, especially the treats that are time consuming.  My sister-in-law's parents taught us how to make fried savory pork "doughnuts".  The batter is made out of ground soybeans and rice flour. 
A whole bag of rice flour goes into the mixture.
The dough is placed on a special metal utensil, then a pork and chive filling added.
 Then more dough to cover the filling. Final step is to add some raw peanuts on top.
The metal ladle is placed into a wok of hot oil and fried until crispy brown.
Here are the doughnuts fritters all finished.  These are not sweet, they are savory with a pork and chive filling.  They are absolutely delicious right out of the fryer.
For dinner, we had a mostly traditional turkey dinner.  The turkey was brined overnight and perfectly seasoned.  My sister-in-law carved the turkey, she did an amazing job with it.
I made scalloped potatoes au gratin.  This recipe called for 4 cups of heavy cream, cheddar cheese, Parmigiano cheese, and butter, oh my is it completely rich!!  Thank goodness we only eat this once a year, it is complete gluttony!
Table full of delicious food, crab cakes, stuffed mussels, yams, honey baked ham, stuffing, sooo good!
For dessert, we did mostly Chinese desserts. I made 2 dan tat pies, or Hong Kong style egg custard tart. 
And soybean peanut rice balls.  These are rice flour balls, with peanut sugar on the inside and crushed toasted soybean on the outside.  Oooh are these ever good.  With all this eating, I feel like eating salads for the rest of the week.   Hope everyone had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!


  1. My goodness! I gained a couple pounds, but took one of them off, but if I ate your yummy looking spread, I think I would have gained much more.

    It sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  2. My gosh and I thought we had a lot of food! Your table sounds wonderful.
    I need to look up the foods you mentioned making, they sound gluten free to me!!!

  3. You need to post the potato and custard tart recipes!

    Fantastic looking food.

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I know what you mean. It's so easy to over indulge this time of year. Beautiful scenic photos.

  5. Wow! What delicious-looking food! I gained five pounds just lusting at the pictures! You had a beautiful Thanksgiving table set up. I hope you all had a wonderful time! I hope you all never give up getting together and making the family's traditional foods. Good times with family is one of the most important things in life.

  6. That was some Thanksgiving feast. Never knew about coating the peanut rice balls with crushed toasted soy beans, learned something new.


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