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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Sage and Fennel Popcorn( Photo by John Houser III, Special to The Baltimore Sun / November 18, 2011 )
A quick snack before, during and after the game that's really easy to make, this popcorn will make you happy you decided to forgo the microwave stuff and remind you of fall, thanks to its seasonings.
1/3 cup of canola or peanut oil
15 sage leaves
1 cup of popping corn
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat until almost smoking. Place 10 sage leaves in and fry until they are dark and crisp. Move the fried sage leaves to a paper towel.
While the oil is still hot and the flame is still at medium heat, add the popcorn and coat with the oil. Cover the pot and let sit until you start to hear popping sounds. Shake the pot back and forth over the heat until you hear no more popping sounds. Remove pot from the heat.
Place the fried sage leaves, fresh sage leaves, salt and fennel seeds in a coffee grinder. Grind until it is a fine powder. Add spice mixture to the popcorn and mix to combine. Pour into a bowl and enjoy immediately.