Thanksgiving Holiday Feast Menu
Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays. Just think: A long weekend of great food, beers and good times. In my family, we make Thanksgiving weekend into a four day food orgy. We all converge to Sun River, just outside Bend, in the High Dessert of Oregon. We create, share, teach and commune together in the kitchen and at the table. Each breakfast, lunch and dinner become extravagant combinations of flavors and textures. Then of course there is the big meal, the feast.
The day after Thanksgiving, we converge on the local breweries and find a smile on all our lips with the fresh nectar off the taps.
Here are a few Thanksgiving related beer recipe suggestions for the big day. Enjoy.
Ξ Soup Ξ
Parsnips, Rutabaga and Imperial Red Ale
Thai Inspired Pumpkin Coconut Holiday Ale Soup
Served with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and a Holiday Ale Foam
Ξ Salad Ξ
Persimmon, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad with Holiday Ale Vinaigrette
Infusing the flavors of Fall into a salad, used the spices from the beer as a focal point in the seasonal side dish
Ξ Entree Ξ
Beer Brined Free Range Chicken
Brined with Hefeweizen, Lemon, Garlic and Bay Leaves
Rogue Ales JohnJohn Juniper Pale Ale Beer Brine for Turkey
Juniper Pale Ale with Oranges, Bay Leaf, Sage, Thyme and Honey
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Beer Brined Turkey
Brown Ale, Caramelized Onions, Sage, Thyme and Tangerines flavors combine for this Roasted Turkey
Anatomy of a Bird: How to Make a Turducken
Step by Step directions on how to debone and assemble a Turducken
Using a Holiday Ale in a Beer Brine to enhance the natural flavor of Turkey
Ξ Side Dishes Ξ
Duck Porcini Stuffing
Braised in Belgian Dubbel with Artisanal Bread and Herbs
Hazelnut Brown Ale Caramelized Leek Stuffing
The mixing of hazelnuts, leeks and cubed bread become the perfect all purpose stuffing for any feast!
With touches of garlic balanced out by the bitterness of an IPA, these mash potatoes will stand out on the plate as a knockout addition to the meal
Mashed Yams with Old Ale
The sweet and earthy flavors of roasted yams blended with a malty Old Ale add depth to this side dish, updating this recipe to a modern Thanksgiving setting. These yams may be topped with Westmalle Dubbel Marshmallows to bring the childhood nostalgia back to the dish.
Candied Garnet Yam in a Spiced Allagash Dubbel
Yams braised in Belgian style Dubbel with Fall spices
Potato Celery Root Purée
Similar to the classic mash potato, yet gives a whole new dimension in flavor
Pumpkin DBA Spätzle
Tossed in a ‘Ceylon’ Cinnamon Infused Browned Butter
Doppelbock Wild Mushroom Gravy
The combination of homemade stock, earthy wild mushrooms and the malt backbone of a Doppelbock lager work together in harmony. Drink by its self in a shot glass, add any beer brined turkey or a ladle full to your Roasted Garlic IPA Mash Potatoes.
Cranberry Wit Sauce
Cranberries, Orange Peel, Coriander and Wit Bier Infused Sauce
Fall Spiced Cream Soda
Think cream soda meets your morning chai, with a touch of Autumn
Ξ Desserts Ξ
Old Foghorn Barleywine Pumpkin Pie
A malt forward English style barleywine infused with pumpkin purée, eggs and spices, then baked in a bourbon infused crust and
topped with a American barleywine maple caramel
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Pecan Pie
Bourbon barley pie crust filled with a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout pecan caramel custard and topped with a malted whipping cream
Pumpkin Imperial Stout Tiramisù
Ladyfingers soaked in Imperial Stout, layered with a pumpkin mascarpone mousse and dusted with ground chocolate malt
For more information, techniques, ideas and recipes, check out The Home Brewed Chef Show on the Brewing Network discussing the Thanksgiving Feast in detail.
For more Holiday meal and treat suggestions, ckeck out my Beer Inspired Holiday Menu