I’m guessing you are not surprised that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday at Gygi. Food is a big deal for us and you can be sure we will be participating as much as possible. From our annual Pie Preparation Night, to our delicious traditional meal, we have tested and tried just about every kitchen tool you’ll need to be prepared for the big day.
Stuffing is the iconic partner to the Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. This stuffing really accentuates the warm flavors of fall and uses all the right herbs to make you feel back in Grandma’s kitchen. Fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley. But we’ve mixed it up with large pieces of sausage, crsipy pieces of bread, and of course the perfect amount of smokey flavor from our favorite Traeger Grill.
Around here we like to think that Turkey is a protein we can enjoy all year long. And when you simplify the whole process by cooking just a turkey breast, it takes all the pain and effort away from a whole turkey, and you’ll end up with a perfectly moist, tender, delicious piece of meat.
Okay, confession, we definitely took the easy way out here and smoked a purchased pie. There are a million things to do for Thanksgiving, and making our pies is usually a tradition we love and look forward to every year. But sometimes ease and convenience wins over traditions.
We don’t take our gravy lightly. It might was well come from fresh meat drippings, or not exist at all. Until now, we just didn’t think it was possible to create that kind of flavor without having cooked a roast or whole turkey, but with the right flavorings and herbs, you can get pretty darn close.
Give us a minute to convert you to the goodness that is Smoked Broccoli. I’ve always been the kind of eater who enjoys a plate full of vegetables. And that love for vegetables only deepens when the weather turns cool, and I roast every vegetable I can think of in the oven. Cauliflower, check. Carrots, check. Sugar snap peas, check check (try them!). And broccoli, I’ve always loved roasted broccoli. Then we smoked it. I’m forever changed.
Mmmmmm….mashed potatoes. They just scream comfort food. They pair well with so many comfortable foods. But they usually are the vehicle for delicious, savory gravy. Not these babies. These smoked potatoes stand on their own, but when covered with a creamy gravy become the star of the plate.
It is no secret that we at Gygi love chocolate. It lifts us up and never lets us down.
Decadent and delicious chocolate truffles are easy to make right at home.
Start with a basic ganache filling and enrobe it in delicious dark or milk chocolate, roll it in cocoa powder, toasted coconut, ground oreos, or chopped nuts. The crowds will go wild over this one.
Why do we throw this event all about chocolate?
This time of year is special to us here at Orson Gygi, we wait (im)patiently all year for the weather to cool down, the leaves to change, and that time of year where we feel that need to bring back those nostalgic activities in the kitchen-especially those involving chocolate.