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How to Prepare a Modern Thanksgiving Feast

It’s hard not to associate Thanksgiving with the feast we have during this holiday. So many of us use this opportunity to stuff ourselves with food for as long as we can breathe. We’re like that because every family’s Thanksgiving menu is quite long and delicious.

You need to go through the starters, the sides, the dessert, and the turkey as the main dish. That feast can satisfy even the largest of appetites. 

No matter how difficult it may be to eat a modern Thanksgiving dinner, preparing one is more challenging. That’s why knowing how to do so is a challenge even for experienced chefs.

No worries, though. We’re here to teach you how to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family. We’ll explain everything from making the starters to cooking the turkey and even give you some of our modern Thanksgiving recipes. 

Keep reading if you want your dinner to be the star of your next family gathering.

Modern Thanksgiving Dinner Starters

Marinated Feta to Spice up the Cheese Board

Every Thanksgiving menu should open with a simple but tasty treat, and that’s where our marinated feta fits in. Beginning a party with a cheese board is a simple way of making sure everything goes off to a good start.

Check out the ingredients and make this starter for your next party:

  • One block of feta cheese
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp green peppercorns (drained)
  • Eight thyme sprigs

Instructions

Making marinated feta isn’t going to be complicated once you know our recipe. The first step is cutting the cheese into cubes. Then, make the marinade by mixing the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture over the feta and leave it in the fridge for about 8 hours. For the best results, stir gently every few hours.

Knowing how to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner is all about the little things. So, don’t underestimate the starter. Complement the feta cubes with crackers, fruit (if possible grapes), and more cheeses. Make it into a complete composition and let your friends enjoy it.

How to Prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey

How could we give you a list of modern Thanksgiving recipes without a turkey for the main event? We wouldn’t.

The turkey is the essential part of this holiday, and we’ll show you a modern way to prepare this delicacy. Instead of the traditional method of cooking the entire bird together, we’ve decided on a recipe that separates the pieces and cooks them individually.

Plus, you’re guaranteed a feast you will remember for ages with our herb-and-spice rub. Check out the ingredients and learn how to make this modern Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 (whole) turkey
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, plus six sprigs
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • One onion
  • One head fennel (cut into slices)
  • Two garlic heads
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Butter
  • 1 1/4 cups Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Garnish

Instructions

Preparing the most anticipated part of the Thanksgiving menu can’t be as simple as making the starters. You’ll have to do some proper cooking if you want the turkey to turn out impeccable.

Step 1

You’ll need to detach the legs and the wings, separate the breast from the back, and cut the back in half crosswise. The best option for this step is to have a good butcher. Or at least a butcher that’s willing to work with you a little bit. 

If you have some butchering experience, you can do this yourself. If not, hiring a professional is your best solution.

Step 2

The second step is the making of the turkey stock. To do this, you’ll have to place the turkey neck, back, and wings in a stockpot and bring to a boil with 12 cups of water. Then, let it all simmer for 3 hours. Once you strain the contents, you’ll have about 7 cups of stock.

Step 3

Next, you’ll have to spice up the meat. “Toast” peppercorns, the fennel, and the coriander seeds. Use medium heat and move the skillet occasionally. Once you smell the spices’ odor (after a few minutes), you can take the dish off the heat and let it cool.

Make sure to separate 2 tbsp of toasted spices and leave it on the side. Put the rest in a spice grinder along with thyme and 5 tsp of salt. Then, rub the mixture over the entire breast and legs of the turkey. To get the best effects from the spices, you should refrigerate the meat for at least 8 hours. 

Step 4

After the refrigeration period, take the turkey out and let it rest at room temperature for about an hour and a half. After an hour, you can start preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure the turkey is dry, then spread butter over the breast area. Use onion and fennel slices to create a rack for the breast inside a roasting pan. Place the meat and roast for 20 minutes.

Step 5

You’ll need a heavy, iron skillet for the next step – cooking the turkey legs. Try heating it while you work on step 4.

Then, swirl the skillet in oil and add the legs (skin down). Cook for about five minutes and flip the meat. Add the prepared thyme sprigs and wine. Let it boil. Then add 3 1/2 cups stock and the remaining toasted spices. Let everything boil once again, then reduce the heat and leave it on simmer for the next 10 minutes.

Step 6

Take the roasting pan out of the oven and reduce the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Proceed by adding the legs and the liquids from the skillet. More roasting is ahead.

This time, make sure to baste the turkey with pan juices every 20 minutes. You’ll know the meat is cooked once the thickest part of the breast is at 155 degrees. This usually takes a bit over an hour.

Step 7

There isn’t much work left to do once the meat is finished. Prepare the gravy, serve the turkey with an appealing garnish, and let everyone enjoy.

The Dessert

No Thanksgiving menu is complete without a proper holiday dessert. So, let’s end this one with a bang. Our cranberry tart is easy to prepare and can be in the oven while you munch on the turkey.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • Two eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup flour

Instructions

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cranberries, and almonds in a small cup, then transfer to a tart pan with a removable bottom. Use a baking sheet before placing the ingredients inside the pan.

Once again, get a small bowl, and place the eggs (beaten), butter, the rest of the sugar, and the extract. Add the flour, make a thick batter, and spread over the berries.

Bake at 325 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Us

If you don’t feel like preparing dinner for this Thanksgiving, but you’d still like to enjoy a feast, try visiting Root & Bone restaurant. 

We’re in the heart of South Miami, and our thanksgiving menu will leave you full and satisfied.

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