The Daily Meal's Fast Food Thanksgiving Slideshow

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The Turkey: KFC’s Original Seasoning
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The Turkey: KFC’s Original Seasoning
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For the main event of the Thanksgiving meal, we wanted to incorporate fast food while still honoring the true flavors of a Thanksgiving turkey. No one better understands how to season a bird than KFC, which is why we decided to use their Original Seasoning recipe for our turkey.

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The Seasonings
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The Seasonings
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After speaking with Todd Wilbur of Top Secret Recipes, we were able to get our hands on the secret combination of spices that we would use to season our bird. 

Click here to see Todd Wilbur's Version of KFC Original Seasoning Recipe

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Emily Jacobs

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The Finished Bird
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The Finished Bird
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That turkey serving as the centerpiece to the Thanksgiving meal tastes just as juicy and flavorful as a bucket of KFC fried chicken, making it the ultimate fast-food turkey. 

Click here to see Todd's Wilbur's Version of KFC's Original Seasoning Recipe

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Stuffing: White Castle Sliders
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Stuffing: White Castle Sliders
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Remember when our "craver craze" pushed us to create a recipe for White Castle sliders all on our own? That craving is still going strong, which is why we wanted to use White Castle’s sliders to make our stuffing this Thanksgiving.

Click here to see How to Make Your Own White Castle Slider at Home

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Stuffing Recipe
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Stuffing Recipe
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It wasn’t a novel thought, though, and has already been done by White Castle themselves, so we were lucky to have our friends share the recipe so that we could include this dish in our Thanksgiving meal.

Click here to see the White Castle Stuffing Recipe

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Mashed Potatoes: McDonald’s Fries
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Mashed Potatoes: McDonald’s Fries
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Nothing says fast food like McDonald’s fries. They’re not only delicious, but they’re the epitome of why we love fast food; they’re handheld, hard to replicate, and they have a flavor unlike any other fry we’ve tasted before. 

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Emily Jacobs

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Incorporating McDonald’s Into the Potatoes
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Incorporating McDonald’s Into the Potatoes
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For the recipe, we chopped up the fries into bite-sized pieces and gave them a toast so we could incorporate them into our mashed potatoes.

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Emily Jacobs

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McDonald’s Mashed Potatoes
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McDonald’s Mashed Potatoes
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After folding them into our favorite mashed potato recipe, we were convinced that McDonald’s does have a place at our Thanksgiving table. The creamy mashed potatoes get the perfect crunchy and salty bite from the fry, and the whole dish satiates our fast-food cravings while still retaining a traditional feeling. 

Click here to see the McDonald's Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Emily Jacobs

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Green Beans: Burger King Onion Rings
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Green Beans: Burger King Onion Rings
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Green beans always have a place on our Thanksgiving menu, so we developed a way of sprucing them up using one of our favorite fast-food items: Burger King’s onion

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Emily Jacobs

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Green Beans: McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Green Beans: McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Because replicating a traditional green bean and onion casserole seemed boring, we gave our recipe a twist with our favorite fast food condiment McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce. 

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Emily Jacobs

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The Rings
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The Rings
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We cut our rings in half and gave them a toast in the oven to make sure they were extra crispy. 

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Emily Jacobs

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The Sauce
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The Sauce
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And we tossed our cooked green beans in the sauce so that it was evenly distributed.

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Emily Jacobs

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Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Burger King Onion Rings
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Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Burger King Onion Rings
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The end result proves that sweet and sour sauce goes with more than just fries and McNuggets, and Burger King’s savory rings are the perfect balance to the sweetness in the sauce.

Click here to see the Sweet and Sour String Beans with Burger King Onion Rings Recipe

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Emily Jacobs

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Gravy: KFC Gravy
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Gravy: KFC Gravy
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When we thought of fast food and gravy, images of mashed potatoes soaked in KFC gravy were the only thing that came to mind. To give us a bit of a challenge, we decided to include this gravy in our Thanksgiving meal by trying to replicate the recipe. 

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Our Own Twists
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Our Own Twists
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While there are several copycat recipes, there was an underlying and easy theme throughout them all, and so we spiced ours up a bit. Our first addition was fresh garlic and shallots, to give it a depth of flavor unlike any dried seasoning would.

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Emily Jacobs

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Bouillon Cubes
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Bouillon Cubes
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After sautéing the shallots and garlic, we made a quick roux and added water with chicken and beef bouillon cubes, which were prominent ingredients in many of the copycat recipes. While we tried to remain as organic as possible, we thought that we’d hurt the recipe if we skipped this step.

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Emily Jacobs

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Nape
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Nape
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Everyone can agree that the best part of KFC gravy is its thick, silky texture, so we made sure to cook our stock with the roux until it was nape, or until it coated the back of a spoon. 

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Emily Jacobs

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The Daily Meal’s KFC Gravy
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The Daily Meal’s KFC Gravy
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Our finished result was as close to the original as possible, and we all agreed it would taste great with all of Thanksgiving’s main dishes.

Click here to see The Daily Meal's KFC Gravy Recipe

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Emily Jacobs

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Sweet Potato Casserole: Popeyes Pecan Pie
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Sweet Potato Casserole: Popeyes Pecan Pie
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Along with fried chicken, Popeyes is commended for serving some awesome desserts, like their Edward’s Georgian Pecan Pie. Because we love this sweet treat so much, we found a place for it in our sweet potato casserole.

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Emily Jacobs

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Dissecting the Pie
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Dissecting the Pie
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To incorporate it in its entirety, we broke down the pie and separated the crust, filling, and nuts from each other. 

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Emily Jacobs

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The Sweet Potato Filling
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The Sweet Potato Filling
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Next, we mixed the pie’s filling into our mashed sweet potatoes to add an extra hint of sweetness.

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Emily Jacobs

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The Crumble
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The Crumble
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We then processed the crust and nuts together to make a crumble to top our casserole.

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Emily Jacobs

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Popeyes Sweet Potato Casserole
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Popeyes Sweet Potato Casserole
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With the addition of marshmallows to the crumble, our casserole was complete. Few would even know that there was fast food included, but Popeyes’ signature dessert adds a unique flavor to the casserole unlike any we’ve tried before.

Click here to see the Popeye's Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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Emily Jacobs

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Dessert: McDonald’s Apple Pie
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Dessert: McDonald’s Apple Pie
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For dessert, we immediately thought of McDonald’s apple pie, as it is one of our favorite fast-food desserts, and no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without apple pie.

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Emily Jacobs

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Dessert: Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists
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Dessert: Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists
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But we didn’t stop there. To add some variety to our dessert, we chose to incorporate Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists in to the recipe as well.

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Emily Jacobs

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The Filling
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The Filling
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For the recipe, we decided to do a traditional apple crumble, and we tossed the McDonald’s pies with apples, lemon juice, and sugar and added them to the ramekins. 

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Emily Jacobs

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The Taco Bell Topping
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The Taco Bell Topping
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For our topping, we processed the cinnamon twists and mixed them with oats.

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Emily Jacobs

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McDonald’s Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crumble
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McDonald’s Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crumble
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The crumbles had it all: fresh apple, crunchy oat topping, and the addition of a savory piecrust and crunchy cinnamon from McDonald’s and Taco Bell. This crumble proved that last is certainly not least, and completed our Thanksgiving menu with a scoop of Wendy's vanilla frosty.

Click here to see the McDonald's Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crumble Recipe

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Emily Jacobs