Thanksgiving festive spread has a few ritualistic delicacies integral to its essence. Try to scour why they are a must; it will exhibit the correlation between nature and festivals. Chef Mahesh Padala shares two such recipes bringing pumpkins under the spotlight.
Why are certain food and ingredients chosen or remain as the festival's mainstay? With Thanksgiving around the corner, we pondered those typical dishes that must be on the menu. The list broadly includes apple pie, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, cranberry recipes, pecan pie and so on. But why? "The abundance of pumpkins, gourds, and spices is the significant constituent of this season, resulting in the festive menu. This gourmet mash-up also echoes the shades of Fall on the table, embracing browns, crimson, orange, and cherry reds," explains Chef Mahesh Padala, Cluster Director F&B for SAMHI Group. He observes how there are efforts to retain the authenticity of Thanksgiving's flavours and the onset of newer trends letting people go creative with the culinary fare.
Mahesh believes hotels and players in the F&B sector are instrumental in upholding the traditions and heritage of food. They must create a celebratory ambience whenever needed to recreate the nostalgia related to different festivals for the patrons. Drawing inspiration from his passion for diving deep into the food heritage and comprehending the festive connect, Chef Padala, shares two pumpkin-based recipes for Thanksgiving.
Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli in Butter sage sauce
Pumpkin ravioli, Image Source: Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel
Cooking time:20 minutes
For pasta dough
Garnish the dish with pesto, sautéd asparagus and sundry tomato!
Chocolate millefuelle with Pumpkin & Cinnamon ice cream
Chocolate millefuelle, Image Source: Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel
Cook Time:1 hour
Serve: 10 Portions
Sweet cookies base
Cinnamon pumpkin ice cream
You may taste them at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel during the festival.