Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cajun Thanksgiving Menu

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I am putting the finishing touches on my holiday menu. I asked my family and friends what dishes they wanted most this year and here is the menu that they requested.  And of course, there will be plenty of appetizers and desserts, too. (links below) Bon appetit!

Cajun Roast Turkey w/ Cornbread Oyster Stuffing

1 10 to 12 lb. turkey
2 stalks celery, quartered
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 tsp.'s garlic, minced
Cajun turkey rub to taste (recipe below)
2 to 3 cups chicken broth
4 tbs.'s fresh thyme, chopped and divided
4 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped and divided
2 tbs.'s fresh sage, chopped and divided

Wash turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub entire bird with the Cajun rub, including cavity. Make a slit under the skin of the breast and stuff with garlic, salt, and half of the herbs. Stuff cavity with celery, remaining herbs, and onions.

Tie legs together, and tuck wings back, dot with butter,  and place in a large shallow roasting pan with rack. Add 1 cup of chicken broth to the pan and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 3 to 4 hours (for unstuffed), and 3 (1/2) to 4 (1/2) hours for stuffed, or until a meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees.

Add more chicken broth, as needed during cooking and baste often with a turkey baster. Remove and discard vegetables in cavity and reserve pan drippings for gravy. Let turkey rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Fab!

Cajun Turkey Rub

2 tbs.'s salt
2 tbs.'s onion powder

2 tbs.'s garlic powder
2 tbs.'s paprika
1 tbs. cayenne pepper
1 tbs. black pepper
1 tbs. bay leaves, crushed 

1 tbs. each, dried thyme and sage

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

(click on title to view recipes)

Cornbread Oyster Stuffing

Nanny's Praline-Sweet Potato Casserole 

String Bean Casserole

Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

Mama's Sweet Potato Biscuits

For more of my Cajun Thanksgiving sides, click here.

For my Cajun Thanksgiving desserts, click here.

For my Cajun holiday appetizers, click here.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with good food,  good times, and good cheer! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Susanna Powers said...

happy Thanksgiving Marguerite! this looks delicious. sp

Big Dude said...

I believe I could go for a Cajun Thanksgiving meal.

Kittie Howard said...

Bookmarked all! A serious weakness is oyster stuffing. Yours looks delicious. Am going to make it next week. Hope it's okay to double the oysters! (One grocery gets LA oysters, oh YUM!)

Didn't realize you were going thru what we just completed here. It's seemingly a non-stop slug fest but so worth it later. When I look around, I sometimes can't believe we did what we did. (But when I look at my hands, I can, LOL!) Cheers, Cher!

Eddie Bluelights said...

I am very late here
But at last I appear.

It all looks divine . . . . but poor turkey being stuffed and having it's legs tied together and it's wings tucked back . . I feel really sorry for it . . lol No wonder it needs to rest for 20-30 minutes . . lol

Bet it tasted fantastic along with your other treats . . . :)

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Again all of it looks delicious.
Have a nice weekend Marguerite, Cheers.:)