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A Southern Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Pie & more

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We took inspiration from the South to create this comforting Thanksgiving menu. Bring on the collard greens, cornbread and pecan pie! Plus, did we mention there’s a bacon wrapped turkey involved?! Here's our take on a Southern-inspired Thanksgiving menu featuring amazing recipes from the #feedfeed community!

THE MENU
To Start 
Southern Deviled Eggs
Salad 
White Bean and Collard Green Salad
Side Dishes
Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing
Vegetable Pot Pies with Crispy Potato Topping
Herbed Buttered Rolls
Main Course
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Garlic & Herbs
Cocktail
Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake
Dessert
Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie

THE GROCERY LIST
(the must-haves!)

1 bunch fresh thyme
1 bunch fresh rosemary
1 pound carrots
8 ounces cremini mushrooms
1 large leek
1 pound baby potatoes
1 bunch lacinato kale
1 pound collard greens
2 onions
1 bunch celery
1 bunch fresh parsley
3-4 lb boneless turkey breast (or more if needed, this will serve about 6)
1 pound bacon 
1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 small bag brown rice flour (or replace with all purpose flour)
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas 
3 quarts chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 (14 ounce) can Great Northern beans
1 (9 ounce) bag chocolate chips
1 pound raw pecans
1 quart almond milk
1 small jar caramel sauce
1 sleeve graham crackers
1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin puree
1 bottle bourbon
1 (10 ounce) bag frozen peas
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint heavy cream
1 batch cooked and cooled cornbread
5-6 slices sandwich bread
 

PANTRY ESSENTIALS
(things we assume you have,
but if not, stock up!)

3 pounds unsalted butter
2 heads garlic
5 pounds flour
Sugar
Olive oil
Canola oil
Salt 
Pepper 
Red pepper flakes
Cinnamon
Pumpkin pie spice
Steak seasoning
Dried thyme
Dried sage
2 dozen eggs
Maple syrup
Mayonnaise
1 gallon milk
½ gallon buttermilk
Whole grain mustard
Balsamic vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Vanilla extract
 
THE GAME PLAN
UP TO ONE WEEK AHEAD:
Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie by @halfbakedharvest

Think classic pecan pie spiked with a healthy dose of bourbon.

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Feedfeed Tip: Make your buttermilk pie dough up to a week ahead and stash it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to make the pie Thanksgiving day. 
Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing by @wifemamafoodie

Worried about oven space on the big day? Try this slow-cooker cornbread stuffing. Just toss all of the ingredients in your slow-cooker in the morning and you’ll have warm stuffing ready to serve come dinner time. 

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Feedfeed Tip: Make your homemade cornbread and stash it in the freezer. Let it thaw overnight on the counter on Thanksgiving eve before assembling the stuffing in your slow cooker on Thanksgiving day. 
 
 
TWO DAYS BEFORE:
Southern Deviled Eggs by @thedaleyplate

It wouldn’t be a holiday in the south (or anywhere is our book) without a platter of deviled eggs. We love how Dale uses a touch of whole grain mustard and buttermilk in the yolk mixture.

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Feedfeed Tip: Cook and peel the eggs today and store them in a bowl of cold water until you assemble them Thanksgiving day. 
Herbed Parker House Rolls by @amandafrederickson

You’ll need a batch of these buttery rolls to sop up all of the delicious flavors from your Southern Thanksgiving feast!

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Feedfeed Tip: You can make this dough ahead and let it rise overnight in the fridge before baking them on Thanksgiving day.
THE BIG DAY
 
White Bean and Collard Green Salad by @thewanderlustkitchen

We love this lightened up take on classic collard greens. The greens are cooked with a bit of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little kick.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake by @bromabakery

The meal would not be complete without a little bourbon. Break these boozy milkshakes out with the dessert course and guests won’t want to leave!

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Vegetable Pot Pies with Crispy Potato Topping by @evergreenkitchen_

A riff on the classic, these veggie-packed pot pies are topped with potato slices instead of the traditional pie dough.

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Feedfeed Tip: Be sure to slice the potatoes very thinly so they cook all the way through.
 
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Garlic & Herbs by @whitneybond

The star of the show! Wrapping your bird in bacon almost guarantees juicy, flavorful meat! This recipe calls for roasting just a turkey breast so if you are expecting a large crowd, you may need to roast two or three. 

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Once you get your turkey in here's what you have left to tackle: 
-Assemble deviled eggs
-Make Stuffing in slow cooker
-Make a batch of Bourbon Milkshakes
-Bake pie and make whipped cream
-Make pot pies
-Make collard greens
-Shape and bake rolls