My friends and I have come together to throw a virtual Thanksgiving! Come see the menu, try them out, and add our traditions to your table. Happy Thanksgiving!
It's the week of Thanksgiving, I can't even believe it! Didn't the month just start???
This post is special to me because I'm a part of an amazing group of awesome bloggers, the Black Food Bloggers' Club, and like all good friends coming together for the holidays, we came together this year to save y'all from having to buy $80 collard greens from Neiman Marcus this year!
Thanksgiving is the ultimate foodie, "I put my foot in them greens", kitchen throwdown holiday...and Neiman Marcus was sold out on some $80 frozen greens and candied yams. As you can see, I'm quite salty about that.
We don't usually judge on Sweet Tea and Thyme...
And I'm not judging you for buying some overpriced greens last year, because we didn't throw our Virtual Thanksgiving together then. But if I catch you this year, I can't promise you anything!
But now you'll have the recipes you need to throw down a real, authentic, black Thanksgiving (even if you're not black! This Thanksgiving roundup is for everyone, because we know who was really buying those greens). A black Thanksgiving brings food that's been passed down for generations and are real traditions.
...that auntie with the fat over her elbows' macaroni and cheese...
...your mom's dressing and giblet gravy...
...your grandfather, all your uncles, and your dad outside in the yard, drinking spiked mulled cider and frying a big ole turkey (Once my granddaddy burned up the backyard frying turkey, but that's a story for another day...)
...and of course, somebody goes to stand in line at Honeybaked Ham to bring home a ham to drizzle an amazing glaze over.
I was that person one year when Brian's father, Juan, bought a 9 pound ham and Greyson and I went to go get it on a cloudy Washington D.C. November morning. He was so precious, asleep the whole time, in fact...I have a picture of it somewhere...
Ah, here it is! He was just a month and change, almost two months old.
I just caaaaaan't! He's so perfect and precious, my poor heart!
I'd like to thank Jazz from Dash of Jazz for bringing us all together this Thanksgiving, and Jasmine Lukuku of The Blenderist for bringing us all together by creating the Black Food Bloggers' Club. We couldn't have done this without you, ladies!
Someone go get the music playlist (which starts with the unofficial official Thanksgiving anthem...I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lamb, ham, hog...) and go get the Thanksgiving arts and crafts on the table for the kids.
Start the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the TV in the breakfast nook, because the guys probably got the game on the TV in the living room.
Now, let's get to cookin'!
It's not a party without some alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to get Thanksgiving started!
The Main Dish
Like I said, somebody got the glaze for an amazing ham. And, of course, that turkey. Be brave, be bold, weather the cold, and try frying it!
Those Delicious Sides
My friends here got you on those greens, honey. Not only that, we got plenty of vegan options so no one is left out.
Southern Collard Greens from Brown Sugar Food Blog
Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon from Whisk It Real Gud
Southern Cornbread Dressing from Especially Southern Dishes
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Pudding from Marisa Moore/Marisa Moore Nutrition (Gluten-Free)
Smooth and Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Sweet Tea and Thyme (Gluten-Free)
This African’s Smoked Gouda Baked Mac N Cheese from This African Cooks
Vegan Oven Baked Mac & Cheeze from Pretty Brown Vegan (Vegan)
Creamed Corn from Brandi’s Foodie Diary (Vegetarian)
You always need some rolls, honey. Rolls spread with butter for days!
On the Dessert Table
Your whole table must slightly buckle under the weight of these homemade goodies.
And whooo, I'm stuffed! Let me take a nap, and get ready for that Black Friday Christmas Shopping.
I love y'all, I'm thankful for all you wonderful readers, without you Sweet Tea and Thyme wouldn't be around. See you in the next post!
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.