Halloween has come and gone, signifying the start of the big holiday season. Within the span of a little over a month there are some major holidays—holidays that require a lot of preparation, planning, and of course, cooking. The most food-centric of the holidays is, without a doubt, Thanksgiving. A day filled with football, family, awesome food, and if you’re reading this in Kansas City, the beautiful Plaza Lighting Ceremony.
Admit it: Everyone has had that one Thanksgiving where you ate too much turkey and found yourself waking up just in time to miss the lighting or your favorite football team’s victory. No one can fault you for that—tryptophan can be our best friend, yet at the same time, our worst enemy. However, this Thanksgiving, let’s all collectively say “no” to tryptophan and beat it before it even has a chance to serve you up a big platter of zzzz’s!
Here at The Roasterie, we have gathered a list of our five favorite Thanksgiving recipes that infuse our favorite bean—coffee! Best of all, these coffee-inspired Thanksgiving recipes taste amazing and will add pizzazz (and alertness!) to your turkey meal.
1. Smoked Turkey with Sweet Coffee Glaze
Sweet, savory and so good. All you need is a grill with a lid and some hickory wood chips (or if you have a smoker of your own that’ll do just fine). It only takes about 3 hours to fully smoke the turkey. The recipe uses an 11 pound bird, but even a 12 pounder will only take about 3 hours. Before smoking the turkey, douse it in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of French Roast ground coffee (or try our Chicory Coffee Blend!), 1 onion, 12 large fresh thyme sprigs, salt, black pepper, 2 cups of light brown sugar and 2 gallons of water.
2. Mahogany Chicken
Although chicken may not be the most popular bird on the dinner table at Thanksgiving, this mahogany chicken recipe may change your mind. This sophisticated recipe may take a while to make, but it is well worth the roughly 9 hour wait. It’s best to prep and marinade the chicken overnight or early in the morning. What results is a succulent, irresistible dish that’ll leave relatives begging for the recipe (which doesn’t call for a whole lot! ¾ cup of ground coffee, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper and of course, ¾ cup of water).
3. Low Carb Sausage Gravy
Sound like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, there is such thing as low carb gravy thanks to this coffee-inspired Thanksgiving recipe! This adventurous gravy option must be tasted to be believed. By combining 1 pound ground sausage, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 cup of water, salt and pepper and the secret ingredient, ¼ cup of brewed coffee, you’ll have the low-carb gravy your mashed potatoes would be sad without.
4. Coffee Walnut pie
If pecan pie is the standard at your home, try throwing your guests for a loop with caramel coffee filled pie. This pie is easy to make and 100 times better than anything bought from the store. The best part of all? It’s made with ½ cup of super strong coffee—what’s not to love about a coffee-inspired Thanksgiving dessert?
5. Pumpkin Latte Cake Bars
One underlying theme of the season from the beginning of October to the end of November is pumpkin. It can be easy to get tired of the orange gourd, but this dish provides the perfect flavor to reignite anyone’s pumpkin craving taste buds. The cake layer is made up of ¼ cup of double strength brewed coffee (cooled), 1 box of spice cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin puree and 1 large egg. The topping (always the best part) is made up of 15 ounces of cream cheese (we didn’t say it was low fat!), ½ cup of sugar, 1 large egg, another ¼ cup of double strength brewed coffee (cooled), 1 packet of instant cinnamon and spice oatmeal and ¼ cup of chopped walnuts. Dessert is served!
These dishes are an exciting break from the norm and add enough zing and flavor to win over even the most discerning of in-laws. Try them out—we want to know what you and your family thought of them!