Thanksgiving dinner with the Voltaggio Brothers

5 November 2011 § 16 Comments

I had my Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. It was a few weeks early and quite spectacular and even better, it was prepared by those rock ‘n roll chefs, stars of Top Chef and the undisputed kings of cooking sous-vide: the Voltaggio Brothers. The event was organized by Samsung to demo their new Flex Duo Oven.

Me with the Voltaggio Brothers

They offered lots of good advice not least of which was that planning ahead and making lists are key to an enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration. To that end over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some Thanksgiving recipes that you can prepare in advance so you can enjoy some time with your family instead of getting all hot and bothered in the kitchen.

Here’s a taste of what we ate: ham and turkey with cornbread stuffing and deep-fried sage in a rich gravy.

Deep fried sage - so simple but so good

A very tender roast pork tenderloin with a delicious dehydrated fruit chutney, mustard seeds and sweet potato purée. The mustard seeds offset the sweetness of the fruit.

Roast pork loin

Brioche rolls with olive paste….I bet you thought they were cinnamon rolls – clever huh? These can be made in advance and frozen:

Olive brioche rolls

The roasted vegetables were delicious and so pretty. Purple and orange carrots and baby turnips served with a coffee and cardamom spice mix and a chimichurri sauce.

Roasted root vegetables with chimichurri sauce

Then came dessert. The tarte tatin made a dramatic diva-esque entrance in a mist of liquid nitrogen, sadly not something I will be trying at home, but here’s one tarte tatin you can make at home.. Garnished with flavorful dark opal basil that added s savory bite to the sweetness of the caramelized apple.

Apple Tarte Tatin

And if that was not enough, there was cinnamon coffee cake with bay leaf ice cream. I will be making bay leaf ice cream as part of my Thanksgiving preparation, and sharing that recipe soon, it was creamy and refreshing – an antidote to sweet cake or pie.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Bay Leaf Ice Cream

The Voltaggio brothers showed how easy it was to prepare all the different types of food with the new Samsung Flex Duo Oven. You can cook at two different temperatures by simply adding an insulated metal divider into your oven, making holiday meal preparation easier and more flexible than ever.

I’m sounding a bit like an infomercial, but it really is great that you can cook two separate dishes at different temperatures at the same time. The olive brioche was cooked the same time as the pork and I promise it had no hint of pig. The only downside is it is not yet available in gas, I could live with a convection oven but I love a gas stove top.

Sadly the Voltaggio brothers will not be cooking our Thanksgiving dinner, so I will be starting preparation soon.

Join me over the next few weeks as I prepare some tasty Thanksgiving dishes. Check back on This Little Piggy Went to the Farmers Market soon to get a head start on it. I will be posting pumpkin, cranberry recipes, bay leaf ice cream and an amazing veggie meatloaf (!) recipe that even the most hard-core carnivores will devour.

Disclaimer – I was not compensated for this article by Samsung. I was invited to the event and was not expected to write about it. However the food was so good and got me in a holiday mood, oh and the oven was pretty cool too, so I thought worth sharing.

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