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
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Cranberry Compote( Photo by John Houser III, Special to The Baltimore Sun / November 18, 2011 )
This compote is fresh, vibrant and goes perfectly with the turkey meatloaf. It's also great by itself, and after realizing how easy it is to make, you'll never have can-shaped cranberries again.
12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 medium white onion chopped to medium dice
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
Heat saucepan. Add butter, onion and salt. Cook over medium heat until translucent. Add nutmeg and orange zest. Stir to combine. Add the cranberries and water. Cover. Wait for all of the berries to pop. Stir in sugar and cinnamon stick. Simmer over low heat until thick (around 20 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.