Say what you will about Honey Boo Boo and her reality TV clan, but one thing is for sure -- they know how to have a good time. Whether they are mud bogging or extreme couponing, Alana, her mama June, daddy Mike (aka Sugar Bear), and sisters Chickadee, Chubbs, and Pumpkin enjoy quality time with each other. They especially love sharing big, pants-bursting, down-home meals. We've watched them happily devour everything from "sketti" to cheesy puffs to baby back ribs and clearly they enjoyed every finger-lickin' moment. So this Thanksgiving, we have crafted the perfect Thanksgiving menu for the sassy, pint-sized pageant queen and her kin.
From pig's feet to fried pie, this is a holiday meal Honey Boo Boo style:
Paula Deen's recipe for Deep Fried Turkey is deliciously simple.
- 1 (10-pound) turkey
- 2 tablespoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub
- 3 to 5 gallons peanut oil
Cooks Note: To measure the amount of oil needed to fry the turkey, place turkey in fryer, add water to top of turkey, remove the turkey, and the water line will indicate how much oil will be needed to fry your turkey. Having too much oil can cause a fire. The pot should not be more than 3/4 full or the oil could overflow when the turkey is added.
Wash bird inside and out, and allow to drain. Rub turkey all over with House Seasoning. Coat turkey with dry rub. Allow the bird to sit until it reaches room temperature.
Heat peanut oil in a turkey fryer or a very, very large stockpot to 350 degrees F. Lower turkey into hot oil, very carefully, making sure it is fully submerged. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird. Remove turkey from oil and drain on paper towels.
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Southern Style Pig's Feet from Food.com.
- 8 to 10 pig's feet, washed thoroughly
- 1 bay leaf
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon Accent seasoning (optional)
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
HillybillyKitchenTips.com offers the perfect side dish -- Tin Can Casserole.
- 1 can boneless chicken
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can Chinese noodles
- 1 can chicken & rice soup
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 small onion (minced)
- 1/2 cup celery (diced)
- 1/2 cup almonds (sliced)
Dump the contents of all the cans into a greased casserole dish. Add onion, celery, and almonds. Mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.
This easy Bacon Wraped Squirrel recipe comes from TeamJimmyJoe.com:
- A bunch of squirrel legs (front and rear)
- Garlic powder
- Minced onion
- Hot sauce
- Hickory smoked bacon
Soak the legs in beer for 2 to 3 hours. Remove and drain. Sprinkle each leg with garlic powder, pepper, salt, and minced onion. Then dab on the hot sauce.
Wrap each leg with a slice of bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick. Place on grill and cook over medium heat until they look done.
For dessert, Jimmy Joe's deliciously sweet Mammy's Fried Apple Pies will hit the spot.
- 4-5 large Granny Smith apples
- Stick of butter
- Cup of loosely packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Dash of allspice
- Powdered sugar
- Pastry shells
Peel and core apples and cut into half-inch pieces. Melt butter in a heavy skillet on medium high heat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add apples to mixture, stir to coat well, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until apples are tender but remain in wedges.
Cut pastry shells into squares. Place a tablespoon or two of apples on each side of the dough and fold into triangle. Lightly dampen the edges with ice water and use a fork to press and seal the edges together.
In another skillet, place 1 cup oil and heat on medium high heat. Fry pies until golden brown on each side. Drain and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.
If they hanker for an extra sweet treat, there's Snow Ice Cream
If it snows, just place a bowl outside and wait for the flakes to pile up. Sprinkle with sugar and Kool-Aid or Tang.
What are other down-home recipe ideas the Honey Boo Boo clan can serve up?