Usually we have turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, and gravy. For some reason, we wanted to break with tradition!
This year, being that my sister couldn’t host this year, we decided to just have a small get together with my brother at our place, and to cook whatever we wanted. That ended up being sort of an island style fiesta plate! We decided to go with Cochinita Pibil, which is Yucatecan slow-cooked pork dish, cooked in banana leaves, red rice (rice dish from Guam), pan de leche (milky yeast bread from Guam and the P.I.), and Golai Hågon Suni (Taro Leaves in Coconut Milk) For the dessert, which really didn’t match, (see the previous post on goat cheese cheesecake.) Overall, I was very happy with it, but I did find myself missing pumpkin. Anything pumpkin would’ve helped, I think.
I think next time, I might bake twice the bread, and brown it a little more evenly, for, as you can see above, the right side is a little paler than the left side. Do you notice the mutant roll on the second row, third from the left? I think that was the one that I used to test for doneness. OoPs!
I almost forgot. Pickled red onions! This was the easiest out of everything we had, but also the best condiment that went well with everything! Also the most beautiful, imo. Anything with star anise is beautiful, in my book!