Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to begin looking over your favorite fall recipes and start drawing up the perfect menu. For Americans living on the West Coast, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to use local ingredients to spice up traditional dishes and to explore some regional variations on classic sides and entrees. Residents of the Pasadena luxury condominiums at Terraces at the Ambassador Gardens will love creating a Thanksgiving spread in their chef’s kitchens, which feature a full complement of state-of-the-art appliances, as well as ample prep space. Here are some California twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes that we hope will inspire you this fall!
Start things off with some potent holiday potables: we suggest this spicy slow cooker Thanksgiving sangria, which combines red wine with seasonal ingredients to create a truly festive cocktail. In a slow cooker, mix a nice California pinot noir with a little brandy and cranberry juice, and add in whole cranberries, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks. Then, let it all simmer for an hour before serving. The resulting beverage is a hearty cup of boozy cheer, topped off with a hit of spice, that will warm you down to the soles of your feet.
No California Thanksgiving feast would be complete without brussels sprouts, and we have a hearty and decadent variation on this iconic side to share. Add a sweet and savory fall glaze to your sprouts with this recipe for maple roasted brussels sprouts with bacon & walnuts. After roasting the centerpiece turkey in your home’s 30-inch Wolf stainless steel electric self-cleaning double oven, revel in a taste of the traditional by making a classic turkey pan gravy. Or, offer your guests something a bit more adventurous with this apricot and walnut stuffing, which includes chicken livers for a rich flavor profile and texture. It’s a unique spin on a standard side that is sure to impress even the most jaded gourmand at the table.
For dessert, make your own pumpkin pie spice seasoning and incorporate it into your fall baking — or just sprinkle it over everything from ice cream to hot cocoa. Advanced bakers might want to test their skills with this quince and pear pie; it’s delicious, distinctive, and best served alongside a cheese plate. And let’s be honest, what California Thanksgiving would be complete without a cheese plate?
We hope our suggestions will liven up your California Thanksgiving this year. But whatever you choose to serve, there’s no better place to celebrate than in one of the spacious Pasadena homes at Terraces at the Ambassador Gardens. Just a short walk from iconic Old Pasadena, these luxury homes range in size and layout from single-level residences and townhomes to penthouses. Check out availability and schedule a virtual tour today.