For those of us who take the annual Thanksgiving car ride, listening to "Alice's Restaurant
" on repeat, we know the feeling of hoping that the dish we so carefully prepared doesn't spoil. Whether it melts or withers or kind of goes bad, many dishes don't stand up to hours and hours in traffic.
I've prepared a list of creative and delicious meals to impress your family without having to freeze/reheat/"forget to bring" your delicious contribution to the holiday.
Braised and roasted vegetables tend to be more durable than steamed or boiled. This dish adds color to any Thanksgiving plate. When you arrive, remove the juniper berries and season to taste!
This is a super easy salad, which I was introduced to at a pot luck
I hosted last year; it is the epitome of "prepare when you get there." You can pick up most of the ingredients en route and throw them together on location. The salad does not make great leftovers as beets tend to make everything soggy, but the salad itself is great. Pro tip: Add pomegranate seeds or chopped apples for some sweetness and pizzazz.
Quinoa is one of the easiest grains to transport after it has been cooked. It doesn't get hard like pasta or rice and can be eaten hot or cold. I generally make quinoa and veggie dishes, put them in a container in my purse and forget about them until lunch time — still good!
Make it way ahead of time. Pack it away in a jar. Introduce "chutney" to your family. Serve it with crackers and goat cheese. Relax.
You know a raw dish probably won't become inedible in a few hours of travel. This marinated mushroom side dish can and should be made 12 hours ahead of time and packed away. This is unique, salty-tasting without a lot of sodium and easily transportable.
If all else fails, remember, no one will turn away a nice bottle of cognac. Or wine. But mostly ... bring cognac. That's classy.
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