Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while everyone is preparing for their big meal of turkey and all the fixins’, you’re thinking about what’s to drink. While some might stick with the standard wine and beer to celebrate the holiday, you’ll want to kick it up a bit with something spicy. Here are 2 spicy drink recipes perfect for turkey day.
Atomic Fireball Shooter
Get the relatives sloshed and happy with this hot and sweet concoction. Mix Bacardi, cinnamon schnapps and hot sauce for one powerful kick your family will never forget.
Bloody Mary Pitchers
If you’re having a Thanksgiving Day brunch, you better bring out the Bloody Marys. Make sure they are extra spicy this season by mixing the vodka, tomato juice and celery sticks with the hot sauce of your choice.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (or so) assorted jam – try our Hot Licks Raspberry Jam or Blackberry Habanero
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract. Add flour and salt and mix until incorporated and dough comes together in a ball.
Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon, leaving an indentation in the center.
Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are just barely golden. Remove baking sheet from oven. If indentations look shallow, further define them with the back of a spoon and then fill each with approximately 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
1 pound Bacon, cut into ¾-inch pieces
1½ cups diced onion
Spicy Hot Licks Blackberry Habanero Jam
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Good quality white bread
6 oz Brie cheese, sliced
Butter the outsides of each of the pieces of bread. Place a slice of cheese on the unbuttered side of 4 pieces of the bread. Spread some of the bacon and jam on top of the cheese. Divide the Brie between the sandwiches and layer on top of the jam, followed by a slice of American cheese. Place the remaining bread on top of the cheese, buttered side out.
Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Cook the sandwiches until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!
JELLY FILLED DONUTS
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup milk (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
1/3 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup spicy Hot Licks Raspberry Jam
Place yeast, warm milk, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Set aside until foamy and doubled in size, about 15 minutes.
Place flour in a large bowl. Create a well in the center and add eggs, yeast mixture, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir dough starts to come together and is sticky. Flour a work surface and knead until dough is smooth, soft, and bounces back when poked with a finger, about 8 minutes (add more flour if necessary). Place in a lightly oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Lightly flour a work surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch-round cutter, cut 20 rounds. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 15 minutes.
In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 370 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, carefully slip 2 rounds into oil. Fry until golden, about 40 seconds. Turn doughnuts over; fry until golden on other side, another 40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Roll in sugar while warm. Fry all dough, and roll in sugar. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a #4 tip with jam. Using a wooden skewer or toothpick, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. Fit the pastry tip into a hole, pipe about 2 teaspoons jam into doughnut. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
Boost your health with a squeeze of this and a dash of that. Eating just one meal that contains capsaicin — the compound that gives hot sauce and chile peppers their heat — not only reduces levels of hunger-causing ghrelin but also raises GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, says new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Other scientists found that people who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over 2 days ingested 16 percent fewer calories than those who drank it plain.
Serving tip: Splash on tacos, brown rice, or low-fat tomato or lentil soup. Hot sauce also pairs well with citrus, adds Meyer. Top half a grapefruit with a few shakes, plus a teaspoon of brown sugar.
In order to ease the blow of Tax Day, a slew of restaurant chains and retailers are serving up free, discounted foods and coupons on Wednesday April 15. But read carefully: There are some silly stipulations that you might have to follow in order to grab your free stuff. Enjoy!
HARD ROCK CAFE: Calling all karaoke enthusiasts. Sing for your supper and get a FREE Local Legendary Burger, specifically, an entire rock song (lyrics will be provided) onstage.
BOSTON MARKET: 2 for the price of 1 meals. On any items including a whole sandwich, salad bowl or other entree option.
ARBYS: FREE Jalpaeno hushpuppies (this is right up our alley).
PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut has a gimmick where customers file a “P-2″ form and customers get a gift card in the amount of your “net pizza return.”
In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.
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Every year pounds of meat are rolled into balls, flavored, dipped, battered, baked, fried or bbqed and consumed by the masses. On National Meatball Day, 2015 we introduce you to some of the greatest meatball recipes we could find on the world wide web. Warning, you may drool, head to the store and attempt these recipes at home. Cheers to National Meatball Day! The greatest day of the year.. so far!