My family has one dish that is always part of our Thanksgiving meal. It's not sausage and cornbread stuffing or green bean casserole with durkee onions. This dish is how we start our meal. Nope. Not shrimp cocktail. Usually we eat so much of this dish that we are completely full by the time the turkey makes its dry debut. Nope. Not mixed nuts. We eat this particular dish with chips, and while it is utterly delicious, it leaves our breath so stinky that you are damn glad you are in the company of family because no one else would put up with you. Onion dip. That's my family's traditional Thanksgiving dish.
Historically, we make it with Lipton soup mix. Filled with salt and yummy preservatives. This year, I took one look at my gorgeous CSA vegetables and decided they were worthy of a homemade version. One that starts with caramelizing the onions and includes fresh herbs.
I was satisfied with the results--tasty, creamy, full of onion flavor. It's not the same though. To my family in Boston, I hope you are enjoying the onion dip. I miss you.
To my family here, in Maryland, we'll be there soon.
I'm bringing these pretty watermelon radishes, a baby head of romanesco cauliflower to dip, and some stinky onion dip.
I promise, they taste as good as they look.
I'm looking forward to eating your traditional dish: oyster dressing.
Happy Thankgiving everyone. I hope your day is filled with delicious traditions, loving family, and wonderful friends.