I remember my very first Thanksgiving that I had away from my parents’ house. It was a culinary disaster.
I was in law school in Florida and couldn’t make it back home to New York at the time, so my sister (who was living in North Carolina) came down to spend the holiday with me.
We got turkey cooking tips from this guy in my Contracts class; although he knew his stuff in Contracts,
not so much not at all in the kitchen. Our turkey was dry and flavorless, and to make matters worse, my sister did a serious hack job carving it (neither she nor I knew how to do that either!).
Our green bean casserole was overcooked and our stuffing was soggy. Our sweet potato pie basically tasted like mashed sweet potatoes piled into a crust. We muddled our way through making that meal and laughed our way through eating it, all the while contemplating ordering Chinese take-out, Christmas Story-style. Hands down, it was one of my absolute favorite Thanksgivings.
Now, thankfully I don’t have recipes for those horrible dishes we made, but what I do have for you are some pretty yummy things to grace your Thanksgiving table.
I made a Smoky Spiced Peanut Butter Turkey and you won’t believe how flavorful it was! I combined peanut butter with a few savory ingredients like smoked paprika and fresh thyme and rubbed it on the turkey before roasting. With all the different ways to cook and flavor a turkey, I can honestly say I’ve never had anything quite like this before – it was amazing.
And you know that green bean casserole that’s always on the Thanksgiving table? I gave it a fresh new Thai twist. My version uses coconut milk as the base for the creamy sauce, and is enhanced with the flavor of peanut butter, a hint of garlic and ginger, and a few other savory Thai ingredients. Oh, and the best part? The crunchy toasted coconut/salted peanut topping.
If you’re still buying your cranberry sauce from a can I have a super simple idea for you: Cran-Raspberry Relish with Peanuts and Thyme! It has the sweet/tart component of cranberry sauce that goes so well with roast turkey, along with a few other surprise ingredients to make it special. Plus it makes one heck of a kick-butt turkey sandwich when you want to use up leftovers!
So whether this year is the first year you’re making Thanksgiving dinner or if you’re just looking to liven things up a little, this menu is for you! Head over to the Peanut Butter and Co. Thanksgiving feature and check out my recipes for this turkey, green bean casserole, and cranberry relish!
Disclosure: I received the Peanut Butter & Co. products that I used in these recipes for free, and I also received compensation for developing the recipes. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipes. As always, opinions stated are my own.