Thanksgiving Cooking Tips from Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486


Thanksgiving is a key date in the US, and the celebration has gradually gained attention on British shores too. There’s no denying that this US holiday is known for its indulgent pecan pies, colourful side sauces and gigantic Turkey platters, however, there’s more to the festive feast than the well-known American classics.

In light of this, Gary Durrant, Head Chef at The Arch, has prepared a roundup of Thanksgiving dishes below that we should be treating ourselves to this November.


Thanksgiving Dishes:

Jewelled Fruit for a Festive Compote

This medley of dried fruit is the perfect accompaniment to a rich wheel of baked brie. To create this delicious compote, combine dried tart cherries, dried apricots, golden raisins, small dried figs, brown sugar, brandy, water and fresh lemon juice and microwave until bubbly.


Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes topped with Toasted Marshmallows

Blurring the lines between sweet and savoury, this dish breaks all the rules in a gloriously indulgent way. Bake sweet potatoes in the oven and once baked, slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop the insides into a large bowl, adding browned butter, cream cheese, a dash of salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well, then spoon the mixture back into the sweet potato skins and top each with quarter of a cup of marshmallows. Finally, place the sweet potatoes back onto the baking sheet.Bake in the oven for another ten minutes until warmed through and the marshmallows are toasted.


Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Cornbread is an American favourite yet to fully make its mark in the UK, but the loaf serves as a fantastic stuffing base. If you look hard enough, you can find good quality cornbread in a number of bakeries. First, fry onion and sausage in a pan and transfer into a bowl.Then add pecans, parsley, lemon zest, chicken broth, butter and cornbread to the bowl. Transfer to an oven proof dish and bake all of the ingredients together until browned on top.


Playful Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream is admittedly a tricky skill to master, so we’d recommend combining good quality shop-bought dairy ice-cream with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract, finished with Graham cracker crumbs.


Avocado, Grapefruit and Chicory Salad 

With all the calorific chaos on the table, health-conscious diners can find solace in this refreshing salad. Combine chicory and avocado slices, and place in a salad bowl. Make a dressing of olive oil, grapefruit juice, honey/agave syrup and season with salt and black pepper. Finally, add grapefruit slices to the bowl and pour over the dressing. To serve, neatly plate the salad and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.


Photo: The Arch London

If you’d rather celebrate in style, Hunter 486 within The Arch London in Marylebone will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast to celebrate the US National Holiday. The special Thanksgiving set menu will be available from Thursday 23 November until Sunday 26 November 2017, from Noon until 10.30pm, and is priced at £35 for three courses.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD


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