A Lowcountry Thanksgiving: Recipe Roundup

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many of us are getting ready to prepare and plan what to serve during the highly anticipated feast. On Hilton Head Island, we cook up some impressive dinners with a sprinkle of the South. In fact, the only thing we love more than cooking Thanksgiving meals might be eating them! That's why we're sharing some of our favorite dishes with you. Add any of these recipes into your Thanksgiving spread for a Lowcountry treat you’ll remember long after the meal is finished.

Here’s a Lowcountry recipe roundup for your upcoming delightful dinner.

Kick-Off Dinner With Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy sweet potatoes paired with soft marshmallows whipped into a casserole — need we say more? Sweet Potato Casserole originated in the South, and early variations of the recipe included different ingredients like cream or pecans. The gooey appetizer is almost sweet enough to be a dessert (more on that later), so you know your guests will devour it.

Here’s how to make a sweet potato casserole of your very own.

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 large, sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of half and half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of mini marshmallows

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Spray a casserole dish and set it aside
  • Cook the sweet potatoes and mash until smooth
  • Add the butter, sugar, salt, half and half, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla, and stir well
  • Add the eggs and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth
  • Pour everything into the dish, cover, and bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove, uncover, and spread marshmallows on top, bake uncovered for another 10 minutes, cool, and enjoy!

 

Warm Up The Crowd With Apple Cider

Apple Cider

Sure, the weather is always wonderfully warm here in the Lowcountry, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy toasty drinks! And nothing says fall more than a warm cup of apple cider. The sweet aroma will fill your home as it cooks along with the rest of your Thanksgiving feast. The apple and cinnamon combination creates a calming feeling, plus the recipe is easy — ensuring it’ll be a Lowcountry crowd-pleaser.

Here’s what you need to know to make your warm apple cider:

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 10 apples
  • Granulated sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

 Method:

  • Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and add water, using enough to cover the fruit
  • Cook for six to seven hours on high heat
  • Mash the fruit
  • Simmer, strain, pour into glasses, and trim with granulated sugar

 

Serve Up The Thanksgiving Staple

Thanksgiving Turkey

You can't make Thanksgiving dinner without having a turkey as the star of the show. Americans cook over 45 million Turkeys on Thanksgiving Day! So, pick up your turkey and spruce it up this year by adding some southern balsamic and honey glaze flavor.

Here’s our Lowcountry turkey recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Turkey
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 orange
  • 1 bunch of thyme sprigs
  • 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the turkey in a roasting pan
  • Rub the turkey with butter, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and add the orange segments and thyme sprigs to the turkey cavity
  • In a small saucepan, cook the vinegar over medium-high heat until it's down to half
  • Stir in the honey, orange juice, dried thyme, and butter and simmer for five minutes
  • Brush the turkey with some of the glaze and place it in the oven
  • Roast turkey, brushing with the glaze every 15 minutes until it's gone*
  • Continue roasting, basting with the juices in the pan every hour, until a meat thermometer inserted into the turkey thigh (make sure you are not touching the bone) registers 165°F.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven, cover it with foil, and then serve

*Cook your turkey based on the weight and stuffing. Visit USA's Food and Safety's Meat and Poultry Roasting Chart to learn more.

 

Complete Your Dish With Some Juicy Gravy

Gravy

Paired deliciously with your turkey is some good ol' gravy. The smooth sauce adds just the right amount of flavor to compliment all your delectable dishes. The singing soul of the dinner — this recipe will have your guest's mouths watering.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups turkey stock

Method:

  • In a large saute pan, cook the butter and onions on medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes until the onions are browned
  • Sprinkle the flour in the pan, whisk in, then add the salt and pepper — Cook for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add the turkey stock and cook uncovered for 5 minutes, until thick

 

Finish Off The Feast With Delicious Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is a classic on America’s Favorite Island®. Each bite is met with a nutty topping, a buttery caramel filling, and a yummy crispy layer. Full of sweet and salty flavors, the pie lives on many South Carolina tables. Scoop on some cool ice cream or have it as is.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1–1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 pie crust

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla using a spoon or a rubber spatula
  • Stir in pecans and pour the mixture into pie crust
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven for 60 to 70 minutes
  • Cool for at least 2 hours on a wire rack before serving

Looking for more Southern favorites to make at home? Check out our Hilton Head Island Recipes for more inspiration and get busy in the kitchen. From all of us at Hilton Head Island, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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