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3 recipes to celebrate fall and Thanksgiving

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3 recipes to celebrate fall and Thanksgiving

Tired of the same old traditional Thanksgiving turkey? Fall is the perfect time to breathe new life into your cooking! These recipes are super simple and easy to make, plus they’ll leave you plenty of time to mingle with your guests.

Published on August 1, 2023

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Are you planning on hosting this year? To help you treat your loved ones to a dinner they won’t soon forget, Émilie Gaillet is here with three delectable, comforting and colourful recipes that perfectly embody the fall season. And of course, we have pairing suggestions for each dish. Your guests will be thankful they came! 

Turkey thighs with shallots and roasted grapes

This recipe is simple enough to make at home, yet sophisticated enough to impress your guests! The oven-roasted grapes add a touch of sweetness that beautifully elevates the turkey thighs with shallots.

Turkey thighs with shallots and roasted grapes

Preparation 30 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour

Servings 4

Wine pairings

Les Artisans du Terroir Prémices: Generous, dry and refreshing, Prémices has an enchanting flavour featuring notes of red berries. The fruity taste of this Origine Québec rosé will echo the roasted grapes, and its roundness makes it the ideal wine to savour with this dish!

Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoises Gamay: Gamay is perfect for a turkey dinner over Thanksgiving or the holidays. This varietal has a light body and strong acidity that go beautifully with more delicate meat like turkey. The aroma of pepper and smoked paprika in this recipe are a great complement to this wine’s flavour profile.

Squash, sage and goat cheese risotto

It wouldn’t be fall without a hearty risotto, the ultimate comfort food! This super creamy version gets its beautiful orange hue and sweet, nutty flavour from the squash, while the fried sage garnish gives every bite a sublime, savoury crunch.

Squash, sage and goat cheese risotto

Preparation 20 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Servings

Wine pairings

Côte de Champlain Coquillages: This light, delicate and refreshing wine will take this dish to a whole other level, while the vegetal notes from the Seyval Blanc grapes will mirror the sage and thyme in the risotto.

Côteau Rougemont St-Pépin Réserve: If you enjoy smooth, slightly woody wines, this one’s for you. With hints of butter, almonds and papaya, the Réserve 2021 has just the right amount of acidity, balanced by a generous mouthfeel and a light body, which means it won’t be overpowered by the parmesan in the dish.

Apple hazelnut cake

Here is THE foolproof apple hazelnut cake to serve your guests at the end of the meal. The moist, melt-in-your-mouth texture will have everyone asking for seconds! 

Apple hazelnut cake

Preparation 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour

Servings 8 

Wine pairings

Clos Saragnat Avalanche: This is a deliciously balanced ice cider with the aroma of cooked fruit and ripe apples—two ingredients that are also in this dessert! What’s more, the sweetness and concentration pair perfectly with this particular cake. Be sure to serve the ice cider very cold, between 8 and 10 °C.

Michel Jodoin L'Heure de Mettre la Pomme à Off: This Michel Jodoin apple brandy is Quebec’s take on Calvados. It’s aged for three years in new American oak barrels and has a warmth that envelops your senses, imparting flavours of smoked wood, ripe apples and vanilla caramel. 

Sounds good, doesn’t it? We hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a marvelous feast celebrating the colours and flavours of fall! For more inspiration, check out our Recipes | SAQ.COM

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