Pictures: Tailgating at the Thanksgiving Table
Is football -- more specifically, Thursday's Ravens-49ers game, the first time a Baltimore NFL team has played on Thanksgiving in 46 years -- threatening to overshadow your holiday meal plans?
Instead of fighting the game, why not embrace it? To help, we've recast the traditional Thanksgiving foods with a tailgate twist. You can still have your turkey, your stuffing, your potatoes, your greens, your pie, but in a game-friendly way. Think of it as a tailgate party at your table.
With our menu, including a turkey meatloaf sandwich, stuffing muffins and potato sauerkraut croquettes, you'll score points with food and football fans alike. No matter what, your household is likely to be more peaceful than the Harbaughs', with brothers John (Baltimore coach) and Jim (San Francisco coach) facing off on the field. -- John Houser III
Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches( Photo by John Houser III, Special to The Baltimore Sun / November 18, 2011 )
Your initial tailgating turkey instinct might be to deep fry. But why deal with the mess (and fire threat)? This sandwich is mobile, easy to eat and not too messy. The addition of pureed sausage helps keep the meatloaf moist and acts as a binder, while the cranberries and walnuts give it a good texture. The cranberry compote (see next recipe) makes this sandwich taste like Thanksgiving.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup chopped dried sweetened cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon kosher salt