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Southwestern Style Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

I live in Greenville, SC and always make a traditional southern style Thanksgiving meal. I'm thinking about switching things up this year and cooking a SW style meal. I have some thoughts of putting together a rub for the turkey of some combination of kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, perhaps garlic powder and lime mixed with butter. I need some recipes for a SW cornbread dressing, maybe a potato dish (twice baked potatoes with green chiles or jalapenos seems appealing) or some macaroni dish, also some sort of corn dish (I'm thinking Corn Maque Choux though I know that it's actually a Cajun dish), maybe some deviled eggs with avocado (though I'm not sure if that is a good flavor combination) and some sort of dessert. I'm also considering jalapeno pimento cheese stuffed celery. I also love LeSeur peas and wonder if there's some way to southwesternize those. And my favorite part of the TG meal is the turkey, dressing and gravy. I can't figure out any way to create a gravy for this style of turkey. Does anyone have any recipe suggestions.

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  1. A few years ago, Bon Appetit (or maybe still Gourmet) had a few great recipes for Latin-flavored T-G. I made the ancho-chile rubbed turkey and it was a hit. Check out Epicurious and see if they still have those recipes posted.

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    1. re: brownie

      It was Bon Appetit. I saved the issue, and still use variations on the Southwestern theme. It was a maple syrup/chili powder rub on the turkey, and it was on the cover. Turned out very very good, and really pretty. My favorite from that issue was the Crab/corn souffle that used pasilla chili's. Epicurious carries all the recipes. There was also a cornbread stuffing. I have the issue at home if you need more info and can't find on Epicurious. It was a wonderful spread.

    2. Sounds like you have a lot covered. For a dessert, the first thing that came to mind, since you're doing a variation on a theme, as opposed to a southwest feast, would be to make a traditional pumpkin pie and then add cayenne and some chili powder to it. Add some lime zest to the whipped cream. That would especially work because pumpking is used a fair deal in southwest cooking.

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      1. re: katecm

        That sounds good. I've considered maybe a pumpkin or sweet potato bread pudding.

      2. My mom did a SW TG one year when I was growing up and it was a big hit so I did some researching since it may be a theme I want to do in the future. I haven't tried these recipes but some of them look really delicious.

        A SW menu including Southwestern Turkey with Garlic-Ancho Chili Paste and Gravy (I think this is the one brownie was talking about)
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/men...

        Southwest Corn Bread Stuffing with Corn and Green Chilies
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        Guajillo-Tamarind Turkey
        Cornbread-Chorizo Dressing
        Roasted Poblano Gravy
        Chipolte-Corn Mashed Potatoes
        Turkey with Cornbread, Chorizo and Pinon Nuts
        Sweet Potato Soufflé with Pecans and Red Pepper Flakes
        Cauliflower Gratin with Queso Cotija
        All on http://www.santafedecor.com/Newslette...

        This page talks about the flavors of the SW which might help you put spins on other recipes.
        http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/in...

        Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup
        http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

        And finally, a recipe of my own:

        SOUTHWESTERN CORN PUDDING

        ¼ cup sugar
        3 Tablespoons flour
        2 teaspoons baking powder
        1 ½ teaspoons salt
        6 large eggs lightly beaten
        2 cups whipping cream
        1 stick butter melted (1/2 cup
        )6 cups fresh or frozen corn
        4.5 ounces of roasted green chiles
        1/4 teaspoon cumin
        Combine first 4 ingredients

        Whisk together eggs, whipping cream and butter. Gradually add sugar mixture whisking until smooth. Stir in corn. Pour mixture into lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

        Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until golden brown and set. Let stand 5 minutes.

        Yield 8-10 servings.

        1. I do Nellies smoked turkey[food network]Collards ,green bean cassorole,Sweet potatoe pie.Way better than punpkin.

          1. Tomatillo based sauce could work as a gravy.