The Daily Meal's Fast Food Thanksgiving Slideshow
November 1, 2012
The Turkey: KFC’s Original Seasoning
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.
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.
The Finished Bird
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.
Stuffing: White Castle Sliders
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.
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.
Mashed Potatoes: McDonald’s Fries
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.
Incorporating McDonald’s Into the Potatoes
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.
McDonald’s Mashed Potatoes
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.
Green Beans: Burger King Onion Rings
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
Green Beans: McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
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.
We cut our rings in half and gave them a toast in the oven to make sure they were extra crispy.
And we tossed our cooked green beans in the sauce so that it was evenly distributed.
Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Burger King Onion Rings
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.
Gravy: KFC Gravy
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.
Our Own Twists
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Meal’s KFC Gravy
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.
Sweet Potato Casserole: Popeyes Pecan Pie
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.
Dissecting the Pie
To incorporate it in its entirety, we broke down the pie and separated the crust, filling, and nuts from each other.
The Sweet Potato Filling
Next, we mixed the pie’s filling into our mashed sweet potatoes to add an extra hint of sweetness.
We then processed the crust and nuts together to make a crumble to top our casserole.
Popeyes Sweet Potato Casserole
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.
Dessert: McDonald’s Apple Pie
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.
Dessert: Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists
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.
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.
The Taco Bell Topping
For our topping, we processed the cinnamon twists and mixed them with oats.
McDonald’s Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crumble
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.