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According to history.com, culinary historians believe that much of the Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood, which is often absent from today’s menus. Mussels in particular were abundant in New England and could be easily harvested because they clung to rocks along the shoreline. The colonists occasionally served mussels with curds, a dairy product with a similar consistency to cottage cheese. Lobster, bass, clams and oysters might also have been part of the feast.
Although your family may prefer turkey as the day's entree, consider light seafood fare such as shrimp cocktail or crab dip to nosh on during the pre-feast football games. Switch up your dressing (or stuffing...depending on where you are from) and add oysters (see our family recipe below).
Whatever is on the menu, all of us at Motts Channel Seafood wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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If you are looking for an authentic oyster dressing recipe look no further! This recipe, along with some valuable commentary, comes from the kitchen of Motts Channel Seafood's own Alison Long.
8 cups white toasted bread or 8 cups cornbread crumbs. In my recipe I use biscuits AND cornbread equally. I use Harris Teeter's Take and Bake biscuits and I make a pan of Jiffy cornbread. I bake the biscuits and cornbread the day ahead and let it dry out.
1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 pint Motts Channel Seafood Oysters cut into small pieces, reserve liquid
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground sage(I use a little less)
1/1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chicken broth or turkey drippings
Saute' celery and onion in about a tablespoon of butter until opaque.
In large bowl, crumble the biscuits and cornbread until you have about 8 cups or so.
Heat the milk, oyster liquid, chicken broth and butter in a small saucepan unlit heated through.
Add the celery and onion to the large bowl of bread crumbs. Add the oysters and all of the spices. Gradually add the liquid mixture until moistened. You may need to add a few more bread crumbs for your desired consistency. I like my mixture to be on the dry side, just slightly moistened.
Grease a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about one hour.
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Shopping on Black Friday? Take a Tuna Break!
Eating out during the busiest shopping day of the year? Bypass fatty fried foods en route to your next shopping destination and choose tuna. It's a great low calorie, high energy food that is high in essential fats and protein, which can help keep you going all day long. Ask your server if the tuna they are serving is local because as we always say, fresh is best!
The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wrightsville Beach Town Park features a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at 5:45 p.m. Hot Chocolate will be available and maybe an appearance by the Elf Patrol, plus caroling and more.
NC Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park Saturday, November 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Wrightsville Beach State Park
The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park features inflatable slides and bounce houses, a coloring contest, the Arab Choo Choo, festival food, and more. The event also includes arts and crafts booths, and an antique car show, and is a prelude to the popular NC Holiday Flotilla. HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NC Holiday Flotilla Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Wrightsville Beach (Banks Channel)
The 32nd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach attracts more than 50,000 people to the area. It begins with a fireworks volley followed by a procession of colorfully lighted boats filling Banks Channel. A traditional fireworks display follows at 7:30 p.m.