People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double-decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners' sugar, served with jelly on the side.
The unexpected addition of mashed potatoes adds an exceptional creaminess to dark chocolate fudge in this recipe adapted from Patty Pinner's cookbook <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580087981/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1580087981&linkCode=as2&tag=saveur-20">Sweets</a></em>.
Adapted from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery cookbook, this riff on an Oreo (the name stands for "Thomas Keller Oreos") is filled with a creamy white chocolate ganache. Make sure to use white chocolate with at least 35 percent cocoa butter when making the filling to ensure ultra-smooth melting.
All along the grey and November-cold East Coast, this is the meal we most look forward to setting the family china out for each year: a perfectly roasted turkey, surrounded by a bevy of simple and comforting American sides. This is a feast to please a multi-generational crowd, without any options left off the table.