Close your eyes and think of an ideal Thanksgiving dinner and all of the smells and the tastes that come with it. Aren’t you instantly reminded of the holidays? If you’re a fan of the dessert portion of Thanksgiving, you can make your sweet tooth happy because you can have all the familiar fall flavors of the multi-course Thanksgiving meal in the form of ice cream thanks to Salt & Straw. Seriously.
Salt & Straw, the purveyors of artisanal ice cream that come in unique and sometimes wacky flavors, (how can we forget their Bratwursts and Mustard ice cream?) have outdone themselves by creating a five course Thanksgiving dinner with ice cream. While this sounds like an abomination of all things hallowed in November, let’s take a walk through this frozen holiday menu and see how it all breaks down.
Since we’re talking ice cream, let’s start with dessert. Pumpkin Pie ice cream isn’t out of the ordinary these days, and this one starts with a a goat cheese ice cream base, pumpkin pie spices, and a pumpkin swirl. So far so good, nothing too unusual here.
Moving on to the sides, a Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans ice cream is a little edgy, a bit nouveau, and this tasty treat includes best part of a sweet potato casserole—the marshmallows—by incorporating ribbons of maple marshmallow fluff into the sweet and spicy ice cream.
Here’s where it starts to get crazy, there are savory flavors and then there’s Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ice cream. The base is made with real potatoes, swirled with a homemade gravy fudge that gives off hints of chocolate, and coffee, all with a baked mashed potato finish. Low carb dieters, you should look away.
At any good Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t have mashed potatoes and gravy without stuffing. The Persimmon Walnut Stuffing ice cream uses a homemade toasted stuffing made with walnuts and bourbon raisins with a bunch of savory additions like olive oil, salt, pepper and even coriander. Roasted persimmons are added to round it all out, but let’s not forget, you’re still eating stuffing on a cone. No judgment.
If you’re not in a food coma already, the pièce de résistance will take you to your limits. The finale to this five course dessert adventure is a savory showstopper. Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey is made with actual turkey stock. You have to give Salt & Straw credit, because there’s no artificial flavors here. Everything is made with the exact ingredients they’re emulating for this holiday dinner. The kicker to this culinary masterpiece is the bits of caramelized roast turkey skin that are folded into the ice cream. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the turning point that made this whole dessert dinner sound completely intriguing.
If you simply can’t stomach a five course meal of ice cream— and I don’t blame you if you can’t—Salt & Straw also has the special flavors available in pints to go. Salt & Straw’s Thanksgiving ice cream dinner is available in their stores from now through November 22. Get details on their locations at their website.
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