When you’re new to Southern Thanksgiving celebrations, you’re in for a fantastic feast. Although Northerners may lay claim to the country’s first Thanksgiving celebration, North Carolina knows how to celebrate the day in style. It’s not just the typical meal of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. You’ll also find Southern specialties like tasty oyster stuffing, fried okra, green beans with bacon, and sweet potato casserole complete with candied pecans. Don’t forget the scuppernongs. What are scuppernongs? These luscious grapes from the muscadine family are the state fruit of North Carolina. Try scuppernong wine, jams and jellies, or as a vinaigrette.
For a truly North Carolina experience, try the delicious and tender North Carolina-Style Barbecue turkey. What could be more authentically North Carolina than a brined turkey barbecued over hickory? Not only does the turkey stay moist, but the skin is also crisp and flavorful.
The most authentic North Carolina Thanksgiving dessert is a sweet potato pie. Top yours with a sprinkle of candied pecans for some crispy crunch.
Take time over the holiday weekend to get to know your new neighbors. Ask them to share their favorite local recipe while you share one from your home town.
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Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!