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A creative spin on Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. What I love about Thanksgiving is experimenting with traditional flavors that everyone loves and adores. Today pumpkin pie can be served a million different ways and stuffing has unlimited possibilities. With these updated recipes new traditions are started. Even though I always enjoy Thanksgiving at home, I love to find restaurants and bakeries that put their own spin on Thanksgiving.

At Mercat a la Planxa they are putting a Spanish spin on Thanksgiving by bringing together authentic flavors of Catalonia and traditional Thanksgiving fixings. From the first course to the last, every dish brings a new burst of flavor to the table.

The first course starts the meal off with three dishes:

-Baby spinach is combined with bacon, la peral, spiced almonds and sherry- shallot vinaigrette

-A Spanish- style omelet is made with potatoes, spinach and saffron aioli

-Raw cow’s milk cheese with sherry- bacon caramel

The second course kicks the meal up another notch with:

-Braised Short Rib Flatbread

-Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds

-Garlic shrimp

-Butternut squash dumplings with lamb ragout, black truffle and beech mushroom escabeche

For the main entrée you can expect more than traditional turkey and sides:

-Smoke roasted turkey with sherry pan gravy and cranberry orange compote

- Grilled Lamb Chops with romesco and guindilla aioli

- Diver scallops, lemon garlic and parsley

-Cauliflower gratin with marcona almonds and black truffle

-Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes with roasted seasonal mushrooms and brandied mushroom gravy

- Rosemary- chestnut stuffing with foie gras and celery root

Finally, what is Thanksgiving without dessert? The final course features:

-Chocolate croquettes with banana marshmallow, rosemary caramel and arbequina olive oil

The menu is available from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. and costs $65 a person. Reservations are highly encouraged. Wine pairings are available for an additional $20.

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