H L L I D AY D I N E degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cream is bubbling around the edges and the crumbs are golden. Serve the onion gratin immediately.
Friendsgiving This will be the 25th year that Veronica and Chris McGregor of San Rafael have opened their home on the day after Thanksgiving to guests from many stages of their livesâ€” some from as far back as Tam High days. The tradition started early in their marriage when they invited friends unable to join far-ďŹ‚ung families to come for a turkey dinner. That original guest list of ďŹ ve has grown to crowds of more than 70 folks who are encouraged to bring along their children, their parents or holiday â€œorphans.â€? The McGregors do all the preparation, these days with help from their 7-year-old son, Beckett. Their spread includes huge turkeys, a ham, all the trimmings, dozens of biscuits, six pies and pitchers of the hostessâ€™s favorite lemon drop martinis, in addition to wines. Two big crowd-pleasing dishes are yam gratin with a pecan streusel topping and stufďŹ ng balls, a recipe from Chrisâ€™s late mother. Veronica says, â€œInstead of putting it inside a turkey or a baking dish, you make hand-pressed mounds of the stufďŹ ng and bake them. That way every â€˜ballâ€™ contains the crusty outside and the ďŹ‚uffy, moist inside.â€? This Friends Thanksgiving is a reunion
for people from high school, college, law school and work on a day when everyone can relax without the stress of holiday expectations. Its spirit could not be more appropriate to the season.
Stuffing Balls Butter 1 large onion, diced medium 2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, sage, rosmary and thyme 1 bunch celery, diced medium 1 package dried bread crumbs (unseasoned) 1 package cornbread stufďŹ ng mix 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup toasted pecan pieces 1 cup prepared roasted chestnuts, diced medium Chicken or turkey broth
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onion and herbs in butter in a large pan until onions are softened; add celery and cook until liquid reduces and veggies are softened but not mushy. Add all dry ingredients and pan contents to a big bowl. Mix well with clean hands. Add stock gradually just until the mixture holds together when pressed into mounds. Form into mounds about 3 inches in diameter and rounded on top. Line mounds up on buttered baking sheets and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. < â€”Veronica Young McGregor
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Section 1 of the November 18, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun