Tasting Table's November Menu

A Thanksgiving that embraces the Low Country

Oysters, rice and peanuts–oh, my.

This Thanksgiving, we've looked to the Low Country region along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia for inspiration.

To start: Low Country punch. Made with sweet tea, rum, brandy and sparkling wine, this sturdy punch will arm you for a holiday meal packed with bold flavors. Then take the edge off this intense tipple with a few cheese straws. Our version of the Southern cocktail-party standby is studded with proscuitto and topped with paprika-seasoned sea salt.

Next, the centerpiece: peanut turkey. The humble goober is a low-country staple, and we incorporated it into the dish in a variety of ways. Before roasting, the bird is rubbed with peanut oil and laid on top a bed of apples and carrots. After the turkey is cooked, peanut butter is whisked into the flavor-packed pan drippings to create a creamy gravy that's ideal for dipping or drizzling.

For the requisite side dishes, we concocted classic red rice cooked with shrimp and oysters; collard greens topped with sesame seeds and sesame oil; gingery cranberry sauce; and spicy green beans topped with bacon candy.

Finish the meal with a silky chess pie. The flaky crust is courtesy of a blend of lard and butter, and the addition of lemon juice cuts through the smooth custard filling for a sweet end to a Low Country-inspired feast.