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A Bobby Flay Thanksgiving

Vincent ChaseVincent Chase Posts: 149
edited 3:55PM in EggHead Forum
We decided to go with a Southwest themed Thanksgiving, using a ton of Bobby Flay recipes from his Mesa Grill cookbook and his website. I'm usually pretty critical of the finished product whenever we cook but everything turned out outstanding. We had family and friends over and as this was the first time we've hosted, it was a very satisfying feeling when everyone raved about the food.

The final menu was this: Pumpkin soup with chipotle, blue and yellow corn muffins, roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts and pomegranate seeds, creamed spinach, cornbread stuffing with chorizo, brown sugar glazed ham, sweet potato tamales with a pecan compound butter, mashed horseradish potatoes, a cranberry and mango relish, and finally an ancho and maple glazed turkey with a roasted garlic and cilantro gravy. We even took the time to make Flay's signature garnish oils, his cilantro oil and red chile oil. Dessert was a sweet potato pecan pie and an apple and blackberry crisp with a cinnamon bourbon home made ice cream. Everything was ridiculously good but also ridiculously time consuming and my girlfriend and I calculated about 22 hours of cook time between the both of us. Between the brines, home made turkey and chicken stocks, compound butters, simple syrups (for a cranberry sangria), and all the prep, we were exhausted but it was so worth it. My girlfriend gets huge props for all her hard work!

Unfortunately no prep pics, just finished ones, as we were just swamped. I broke down the turkey and cooked individual parts to temp on the Egg over sugar maple, apple wood and pecan chips and chunks that had been soaked in bourbon over night. Awesome color on the turkey even before I started to add the ancho-maple glaze.

All the components of the side dishes went so well together and the colors of everything just screamed fall to me. We had some kick ass wines, cranberry sangria, and pumpkin beer.

Hope you enjoy the pics, and hope everyones Thanksgiving was as fun as ours!



  • Wow! Just wow!! That plate of food looks stunning.
  • You knocked it out of the park. Good for you. The only thing is you will be asked to do it again next year and every other year, as no one else will want to compete with your 2010 fabulous Thanksgiving! The pics are beautiful, buy the way, and the menu looks great.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • :blink:
  • one word .. . DAMN!!!!! . ...looks outstanding!!!
  • That looks awesome. I made that stuffing last year, people loved it. Really good cookbook.
  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Looks like you'll be hosting Thanksgiving from now on, no one will be able to top it! Looks just wonderful.
  • WoodbutcherWoodbutcher Posts: 1,004
    What a great looking meal! Kudos to you and your girlfriend for a wonderful meal. That wore me out just reading about it. :lol:
  • DiDi Posts: 395
    Congrats on a wonderful meal. You do realize that you have now set the bar for future holidays with your friends and family!
  • WOW!!
  • Thanks for all the wonderful comments!
  • Vincent.....I sure hope you'll invite me over next Thanksgiving. What a feast! :) I can only imagine how good everything tasted.
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