Not Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving (2008)
Every year my sister Janet hosts a “theme” Thanksgiving dinner. It’s fun for her because she gets to dream up new recipes and ideas, and it’s fun for the guests because it’s not the same dishes year after year. We still get to enjoy the ‘basics’ like roasted turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but every dish is prepared with a little twist.
At this years gathering we celebrated a “Caribbean Thanksgiving”, which included Jerk spices, exotic island flavors and a rousing game of Limbo! Thankfully we did this before we stuffed our faces.
Coconut Shrimp w/ Pineapple Salsa
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
Caribbean Jerk Turkey
“Yo Ho” Mashed Potatoes
Mango Cranberry Relish
Island Fresh Fruit Salad
Reggae Banana Chip Stuffing
Jonkanoo Seafood Salad
Grilled Veggies Abroad
Jerk Sausage Crostini
Key Lime Pie
Pirate Pumpkin Pie w/ Rum Whipping Cream
Chocolate Espresso Mini Cakes
Janet’s Caribbean Turkey: She rubbed it first with olive oil, salt, pepper and Jamaican Jerk seasoning. It was stuffed with fresh limes, celery, onions, garlic and quartered butter cubes (about 8)… then followed with a quick wash of soy sauce. She then covered the wings and tips of the drum sticks and covered the entire turkey with foil, making sure to baste every hour. The turkey was 22.5 pounds to start, and ended up being over 25 after stuffing!
Photos of the delicious, family fun day!