Thanksgiving Feast (2011 edition)

 

The All Star of all dinners. It’s thanksgiving! Turkey and all the trimmings were delivered at this feast. Hosted by Mo and Bob in their beautiful home in Atlanta, GA.

22 guests participated in this delicious meal and none came empty handed. Everything from bourbon pop-corn to a Cuban turkey made this a memorable holiday.

The appetizers

Okra wrapped in ham & cream cheese

This does not require much instruction. Take a slice of ham, smear a layer of cream cheese on it, place an okra on it, roll it up and cut it into slices. Not only was this delicious but it photographs so well! Also on the Hors d’oeuvres menu were pastry rolls filled with sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto and feta cheese and 2 types of flavored pop-corn.  

Bourbon Popcorn : (As explained to me by Travis & Mark. I kinda winged it here and combined both recipes) After you’ve popped your plain popcorn you’ll mix it in a bowl with brown sugar, melted butter, a bit of bourbon, another bit of caramel or molasses and bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and mix in bacon bits. It’s perfect in a brown paper bag.

Dinner Buffet: *recipe links in italics

The turkey was made by our host, Mo. He won’t give me the recipe however he calls it a Cuban turkey. From my view this bird was very Cuban, rubbed in sazon and wrapped in bacon we named her Dolores cause it hurt so good to eat her up! Dolores was accompanied by many equally delicious side dishes: 

 Loaded Mashed Potatoes 

Everything you love in a loaded baked potato but mashed. Need I say more? 

 Macaroni and Cheese 

A true American classic, the mac and cheese gets an upgrade here. This recipe combines various cheeses and instead of elbow pasta it calls for shells.

 Corn Bread

Referred to as spoon bread, this is a creamy, cheesy and incredible tasty side for any poultry dish.

 Congri – Cuban style black beans and rice

You can’t have a Cuban turkey without a Cuban side! The congri is a blend of herbs, spices, beans & rice slow cooked to perfection. Mo, made the congri we feasted on (pictured below) but the recipe linked is from my collection

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts never tasted so good! These sprouts had an incredible blend of ingredients which made for a complex but rich flavor. One of my favorites of the evening (made by Mo).

 

Roasted Chestnut Sausage Stuffing

You can’t have turkey without stuffing, right? I’ve made this dish every Thanksgiving for the last 3 years and it’s become a family favorite. The combination of chestnuts and sausages are undeniably awesome.

 

 I would love to include recipes from the long list of desserts however to be honest by the time dessert came around I was in a turkey comma and on my 5th glass of vino. I didn’t photograph any of the sweet dishes that completed our feast. There was bread pudding, pecan pie, chocolate cake, pumpkin bread and a mysterious pie with walnuts and Mandarin oranges.

The evening continued after dinner with cocktails, wine and some impromptu dancing to Miley Cyrus’ Party In The USA. I don’t know what that was about but we were moving our hips like yeahhhh….

 

Thanks Mo for an amazing evening!

It was a pleasure meeting everyone and sharing this  unforgettable feast.

 

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