Hey, y’all! Thanksgiving 2020 is sure to be different this year, as we are gathering in smaller groups and largely not being able to see our extended families. While I know this is difficult – I myself am not looking forward to it – we must work to find what little bit of normalcy that we can during this very strange season of life. As such, I wanted to bring y’all some delicious recipes to spice up your 2020 micro-Thanksgiving tables this year in partnership with my friends at Ale-8-One. These are finger lickin’ good, y’all!
Thanksgiving Staples In The South
Thanksgiving, to me, is about casseroles. I mean — it’s the best part. My favorite? Oyster! That said, as I am being much more health conscious this year on my weight loss journey, I wanted to focus on bringing y’all some lighter recipes to enjoy during the holidays.
Ale-8-One is the perfect addition to a holiday dish because of the strong ginger profile. My rule of thumb? If ginger compliments the recipe (and you might consider adding fresh ginger/ground ginger), substitute it for Ale-8 and you’ll marvel at the difference in complexity of the dish. Chef’s kiss.
Thanksgiving 2020 Recipes: Ale-8-One
Ale 8 One Ginger + Garlic Turkey Breast
Okay, hear me out. The full turkey is, of course, traditional. And while I am pro-tradition, I am also team turkey breast. It’s the best part of the turkey, by my standard, and is SO much easier to prepare. This is a unique spin on a Thanksgiving turkey breast and I know y’all will love it!
Ginger + Garlic Turkey Breast
1 Boneless Turkey Breast (I purchased one that was roughly 3 lbs)
1 bottle of Ale-8-One
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. minced garlic
- Mix together Ale-8, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic, black pepper, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
- Marinate turkey breast in the mixture; spoon over turkey breast and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease a baking dish with butter. Pour marinade in the bottom of the dish and place turkey breast on top. Ensure that fresh herbs are in the marinade and not on top of the turkey breast (as they will burn otherwise).
- Cook the turkey breast until it has reached a minimum of 160-165 degrees internally (use a meat thermometer). The general rule of thumb is it will take roughly 20-25 minutes/lb.
- Take the turkey breast out of the oven, spoon marinade over top, and allow it to rest.
- Carve & serve.
Ale-8-One Ginger + Garlic Green Beans
There are green beans — and then there are these ginger+garlic green beans, y’all. A fun way to level up a basic side dish!
Ginger + Garlic Green Beans
2 lbs. green beans (I like french-cut)
1/3 c. Ale-8-One
1 tbsp. minced garlic
- Over medium high heat, add green beans to a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt + black pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Add in the minced garlic + Ale-8-One. Uniformly combine.
- Cook over medium heat until done — roughly another 5-8 minutes.
Ale-8-One Bourbon + Ginger Smashed Sweet Potatoes
I love a traditional sweet potato casserole; that said, in true 2020 fashion, I wanted to change up one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
I’ll be honest, y’all: I’m going to make these year-round.
Bourbon + Ginger Smashed Sweet Potatoes
4-5 lbs. sweet potatoes (I use canned yams, drained)
1/3 c. Ale-8-One
1/3 c. Orange Juice
1/3 c. Heavy Cream
1/8 c. Kentucky Bourbon
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Drain canned sweet potatoes (yams). In an electric mixer, add all ingredients and mix until well-combined. Note: if you need to thicken the mixture, add a little flour.
- Add mixture to a greased pan (I use butter).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve warm & enjoy!
Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.
Not only is it local to our state, you’ll adore the ginger profile of the soda. The unique formula is unparalleled to anything else on the market. Try it once and you’ll be in love, just as I am, y’all!
From my family to your family, I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving. I am thankful – each day – for each one of y’all. You have, whether you realize it or not, changed my life for the better and I thank you for joining me here on the blog.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
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FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible.