In my family, we have no powerhouse chef who insists on cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner complete with an array of appetizers, a monster turkey, savory sides, and delectably sweet desserts. For as long as I can remember, everyone who attended Thanksgiving dinner contributed a dish. We have always gathered with family and divided the responsibility of putting together a celebratory feast.
There are some old standbys that are present at every holiday meal. One is my mother’s legendary pineapple pudding.
Some recipes are too sacred to publish. I have a copy but you won’t get it out of me! We also tried something new this year as 3 out of 4 members of my immediate family are vegetarians. Our first Tofurky roast!
I wanted to contribute a vegetable this year so I brought butternut squash with spinach and feta. It was so hearty and tasty!
I love having everyone bring treats from their kitchen and come together to enjoy a collaborative meal. It is one of the things that makes the holidays so special for me. And it is one of the things from the holiday season that we can continue to do all year. Why not host a potluck for no occasion at all?
If the Thanksgiving holiday has inspired you to get together with friends and family more often, here is an easy and impressive dish that you can share at your next potluck dinner. I have adapted the recipe from one I found last year at Whole Foods.
Butternut Squash with Spinach and Feta
1/4 cup feta cheese
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach
4 cups cubed and roasted butternut squash
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook, tossing often, until slightly wilted and warm, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add balsamic vinegar to the pan and cook for another minute or so. Transfer contents of skillet to bowl, add squash, crumbled feta, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Optional: sprinkle walnut pieces over the top of the dish before serving.