Whip up a traditional Thanksgiving feast
15 November 2017 | Schwartz
It may not be a traditional English celebration, but we’re all for getting the festive season rolling with a Thanksgiving Day feast! The origin of Thanksgiving dates back to the 17th century, when the religious refugees from England – known as the Pilgrims – invited the local Native Americans for a feast following their first successful harvest. Bring the whole family together this November and cook up a nod to the huge American holiday with these delectable Thanksgiving recipes everyone will love.
If there’s one thing every Thanksgiving table needs, it’s a roasted turkey centerpiece! Stealing the show since the very first celebration back in 1621, it’s important to get the cooking method right so you don’t end up with bland meat. When roasting a turkey, it’s important to keep it moist. As it has a similar flavor to chicken, it goes perfectly with our chicken seasoning mix – an expertly blended combination of paprika, onion and parsley. Combine it with butter for a delicious glaze that locks in plenty of flavour.
Whether you pack the turkey before you roast it or you cook it up separately, stuffing is one of those trimmings that just can’t be beaten. The best turkey filling brings together a multitude of herbs to get whole new layers of flavour out of the meat – we love rosemary, black pepper and onion salt in this recipe. The woody aroma of rosemary perfectly balances the sweet apple mixture, while onion salt adds more flavor to the dish than traditional salt.
The perfect Thanksgiving dinner calls for even the lowliest side to be elevated to new delicious heights. To make these flavoursome glazed carrots, add black and red pepper to a saucepan with butter and sugar. Black and red pepper is a mix of both ground black peppercorns and cayenne pepper, and gives you a slightly hotter alternative to the regular kind. If you’re used to vegetables being leftover in your family, you’ll be surprised at the speed these delicious carrots leave the table.
A roast dinner just isn’t complete until the crispy potatoes have arrived on the table! In the US, Thanksgiving dinners sometimes include marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes as a novelty dish, but for the uninitiated these rosemary roast potatoes provide a crispier, more savoury alternative. Earthy rosemary is a perfect match to bring an aromatic finish to the dish. If you like them extra crunchy, swap olive oil for duck or goose fat when roasting.
Bring together the all-American pecan pie with the festive favourite of the Brits in this pecan crumble mince pie mash-up! Flavour your mincemeat with allspice, which has the warming combination of festive cinnamon and nutmeg alongside fragrant coriander and caraway. Then make the crumble top by mixing pecans with sugar, butter, ground almonds and cinnamon, and sprinkle it over each filled pastry case. Once cooled, dust these sweet mince pies with icing sugar and serve.