Now, we are done with Halloween and are on to the next awesome holiday, Thanksgiving. A day filled with lots of preparation of cleaning, cooking, baking, and having our homes filled to the gills with our extended family. This is perhaps the one day of the year when we can have our sole focus on food.

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Now, coffee does not play a huge role in many Thanksgiving dinners but that does not mean we cannot break tradition. So, we have 5 recipes for your Thanksgiving meal that creatively feature coffee.


Smoked Turkey and a Coffee Glaze. This one is incredibly good. Get yourself a grill, a lid for that grill, hickory chips (I prefer hickory but you can use other wood if you like). You will smoke the turkey for 3 hours if the turkey is 11 pounds. Prior to smoking, cover the turkey in 1 cup of apple vinegar, ½ cup of French roast ground coffee, an onion, 12 thyme sprigs, salt, pepper, 2 cups of brown sugar, and 2 gallons of water.
Delicious mahogany chicken. Some Thanksgiving dinner tables feature chicken in addition to or in substitution of the turkey. This is a longer recipe to make than the previous one but still worth it (about 9 hours). Make the marinade for overnight—3/4 cup of ground coffee (if you use K-Cup coffee, then you just peel off the lids of a couple), 3 tablespoons of Dijon, 1 tablespoon of honey, the chicken, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt, pepper, and ¾ cup of water.
Sausage gravy. The best of all gravies. 1 pound of sausage, 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of brewed single cup coffee, salt, and pepper.
Walnut pie with coffee. This awesome pie is a nice alternative to pecan pie. It is a delicious caramel coffee filled pie that will leave your guests begging for the recipe. It just features a nice ½ cup of strong coffee.
Pumpkin spice latte bars. It might not be October anymore but pumpkins are still a huge deal in November. What you will need are: ¼ cup of double strength coffee, 1 box of cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin puree, and an egg. For the topping, you will need ½ cup of sugar, an egg, ¼ cup of strong coffee, cinnamon spice oatmeal, and walnuts.