Tired of turkey yet?

Got to admit, I am already a little weary of even thinking about brining, roasting and mashing. I'm not sure I believe in brining anyway. Buy an excellent quality, organic turkey from Liberty Heights Fresh, toast it carefully and baste it, and you'll have moist meat, anyway.

At any rate, I'm thinking pork for Thanksgiving sounds good. Or even going with Calvin Trillin's time-honored suggestion of switching out turkey for pasta carbonara. Which reminds me that today Elio Scanu of Zucca Trattoria is debuting his Piemonte menu tonight, featuring a seasonal food far more precious, interesting and tasty than turkey: truffles. This should make your mouth water more than Mama's gravy:

 

Take a look; make a reservation.

Crostino con Fonduta e Tartufo Grilled Homemade Focaccia, Fontina Valdostana Fondue & Truffles  -  $ 14 Risotto (Vialone nano) con Porcini, Piselli ed erbette dolci, Tartufo Fresh Porcini, Sweet Peas and Fresh Herb Risotto with Truffles (for 2 People)  -  $ 31 Fagottino di Vitello al Tartufo Budino di Asparagi, Potato Fondant Veal Scalloppine stuffed with Speck, Fontina & Truffles, Wild Mushroom Sauce, Asparagus Flan & Confit Potatoes  -  $ 29 Degustazione di Formaggi Piemontesi Selection of Piemontese Cheeses with Chestnut Honey and Mostarda  -  $ 16 Soufflé all'Arancia e Ciocolatto con Coulis al frutto della Passione Orange and Chocolate Souffle, Passion Fruit Coulis  (Please allow 20 minutes for preparation) -  $ 10

And while you're scarfing down truffles, make an alternative plan for Thanksgiving. Gather around your own table with a feast prepared by Zucca TrattoriaHere's the plan:

Chef Elio Scanu 's Thanksgiving menu is for groups of 6 - 8 guests, and includes  a full roasted turkey, choice of gourmet sides, breads & desserts.  Or take home platters. To order your feast, call 801.475.7077.

Meals & platters will be available for pick up November 23rd & 24th.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

( $ 125.00 + Tax, Dinner Serves 6 to 8 People)

YOUR TURKEY

Roasted Young Tom, Brined and Cooked at Extremely

Low Temperature

YOUR SIDES (Choose 2) – Extra $ 20.00 each

• Kabocha Squash Puree with Ginger

• Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Parmigiano

• Bourbon & Maple Syrup Glazed Carrots

• Potato & Celery Root Gratin with Gruyere & leeks

• Spinach, Fennel & Italian Homemade Sausage Stuffing

with Brioche

• Red Cabbage Choucroute with Apples

YOUR EXTRAS (Choose 2) – Extra $ 16.00 each

• Port, Cranberry & Spice Compote

• Mandarin Orange-Passion Fruit & Cranberry Sauce

• Homemade Turkey Gravy

YOUR BREAD (Choose 1)

• Soft Dinner Roll

• Rustic European Roll

DESSERT (Choose 1)

• Spiced Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Caraibi Dark

Chocolate & Burnt Marshmallow Top

• Homemade Gingersnap Cookie Crust Pumpkin Cheesecake,

Caramelized  White Chocolate, Candied Orange Peel

Thanksgiving Platters

Platters serve 6 to 8 People

ARTISANAL CHEESE SAMPLER

Farmhouse Humboldt Fog, D’Affinois, Asiago Pressato and

Manchego cheeses with caramelized Pecans, Marcona Almonds,

Mission Figs,Membrillo, and an assortment of crackers.

54.99 /ea

SHRIMP TRIO

Poached Shrimp cocktail platter, Lemon Caper Aioli, wasabi &

Mostarda Mayonaisse  and Spicy Chipotle Sauce.

74.99 /ea

ANTIPASTO

Prosciutto di Parma, Creminelli Parmacotto ham, Creminelli

Genoa salami, Pecorino  and fresh Mozzarella cheeses, Grilled

Vegetables, Marinated Artichokes, Tender White Beans, Roasted

Peppers and Kalamata olives, served with crusty bread.

54.99 /ea

DETAILS

• Order at least 72 Hours in Advance

• Call 801.475.7077 to place your order

• Pick Up: Wednesday November 23rd from 3 to 7 pm,

Thursday November 24th from 11 am to 3 pm in Zucca Market

• Items delivered chilled

• Reheating & cooking instructions are provided with order