November, it’s the month buttressed between October’s Thanksgiving celebrations and December’s holiday extravagance; however, we think it’s also the perfect time to throw a low-key Canadian harvest-inspired gathering to bring friends and family back to the table to feast on the rich tastes of late fall.
Spatchcock roast chicken with grapes
Roasting whole chickens over fresh sage leaves imparts a delicious amount of flavour and they are exquisitely adorned with sweet red grapes, making this the grand focal point of your dinner.
Squash soup with smoky bacon
Warm, fragrant butternut squash soup is topped with thick slices of double smoked bacon, which adds a wonderful saltiness to this already hearty dish.
Roasted beets and their greens
Whole beets — greens and all — are used in this elegant side dish that’s a simple yet vibrant accompaniment to the meal.
Pumpkin cupcakes with maple and bacon icing
For an enticing dessert tidbit try these cupcakes with puréed pumpkin, lots of spice, Canadian maple syrup, cream cheese frosting and our secret surprise addition, bacon!
Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay
The fruit notes and hints of spice in the Bin 65, Chardonnay is a perfect complement to the sweet and savoury flavours in the chicken.