Happy Black Friday, party people! Were you up with the birds waiting to bust open the doors of your local Best Buy? Not me, I slept in, and ate apple pie for breakfast. As I mentioned on Wednesday, we were hosting an intimate Thanksgiving feast. One of our friends flew in from California, and we are having a great time. We made crispy kale salad (recipe below), green bean casserole, stuffing, turkey, and smoked chile scalloped sweet potatoes. My husband ran to a bakery around the corner, and picked up an apple pie for dessert. Cooking all afternoon was so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year. The highlight of the meal was definitely the salad, so I wanted to share it with you all - it is my favorite salad recipe of all time. I found it on Pinterest (go figure), and modified it a bit for our meal.
If it has pomegranate, I'm in.
tossing all the ingredients together
2 large bunches of kale, torn from stems and torn into pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh apple cider
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 honeycrisp apple, diced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place kale in a large bowl and massage olive oil, apple cider, 1/8 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and pepper into for 1-2 minutes. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Toss well and roast for 5-10 minutes more, until slightly crispy but not golden.
While kale is roasting, heat a skillet over medium heat and add garlic, sweet potatoes and apples to the skillet, tossing with remaining salt and cinnamon. You want the sweet potato and apple finely diced, about the same size as the pom arils. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.
Combine kale with apples and sweet potatoes, goat cheese and pom arils. No dressing is needed - it is perfect as is at this point. Add more goat cheese if you'd like (I for sure added a LOT more), and enjoy! This is a real crowd pleaser!
I kept my table minimal - it is a fairly small table, so I didn't want to overpower with decor. A few candlesticks from West Elm, and my favorite Diptyque candle were just enough.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your weekend!