Thanksgiving Recipes from OBI’s Kitchen

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Thanksgiving Recipes from OBI’s Kitchen

Snow has hit the ground for the first time this season and the chill in the air has got us hungry for comfort food and holiday warmth! Unfortunately, The Olde Bryan Inn closes for business on Thanksgiving, and an army of friends and volunteers head in to help serve up over 1,000 meals for homeless and elderly shut-ins.

Just because you can’t join us on the actual holiday doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Olde Bryan Inn favorites at your Thanksgiving table! Here we will share some of our tastiest additions to any holiday meal, with recipes lovingly created in the OBI Kitchens.


Coconut Shrimp
Whether you are hosting or showing up with a contribution plate, this is always a sure hit.
– Shrimp (size 15-20)
– 5 Eggs & 1 cup milk for wash
– ¾ lb Flour
– ¼ lb Shredded Coconut
– 1 lb Japanese Bread Crumbs
Dredge Shrimp in flour, dip in egg wash, coat in breadcrumbs and pat firmly. Repeat, and then cook in hot oil of your choice.

Duck Meatballs
Thinking of an appetizer that is more unique? Try Chef’s well-loved Duck Meatballs – bonus tip: If you skewer them they are Duck Lollipops!
-1 lb ground duck
– 2 oz Grated Parmesan cheese
– 2 oz Grated Romano cheese
– ¼ T dried Oregano
– ¼ T Kosher Salt
– ¼ cup chopped basil
– ¾ cups Panko bread crumbs
– 1 egg plus one white
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, then form balls 2 oz balls on a greased sheet pan and bake at 300 for 20 minutes.

Green Salad –

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing
There is nothing like a fresh green salad to start any meal right; what better flavor for a festively Autumn celebratory meal than our Harvest season Maple Vinaigrette?
– 2 cups Cider Vinegar
– 2 cups water
– 6 cups soy oil
– ½ cup Dijon mustard
– 1 pack Italian Dressing mix
– 2 T dried chives
– 1 cup Maple Syrup
Add all ingredients to mixer EXCEPT soy oil; Slowly add oil to mixer and emulsify.

Dinner Sides

Smashed Potatoes
Is it really Thanksgiving without potatoes? Our homemade smashed are the best around! Copy this recipe to bring the OBI flavor home…
– 4 lbs Red Bliss Potatoes
– 1 stick butter
– 1 cup milk (may vary based on preference)
– 1 T salt
– ¼ T pepper
Boil potatoes for one hour, or until soft cooked. Drain potatoes and place in mixing bowl with butter, salt and pepper. Begin to mix/mash slowly until butter is melted, then slowly add the milk. Increase mixer speed, or continue to mash, for three minutes.

OBI Buttermilk Biscuits
You know them, you love them, they’re the famous OBI Buttermilk Biscuits!
Please note this is the full recipe that yields over 100 biscuits
-6 cups of All-Purpose Flour
-3 Tsp of  Iodized Salt
-3 Tsp of Baking Soda
-¾ cup of Granulated Sugar
-3 TBSP of Baking Powder
-1/3 cup of Soy Oil
-1 Quart of Buttermilk
-½ to 1 oz. of Yeast activated with a TBSP of Water at 105-125 degrees
Mix dry ingredients together with yeast. Add buttermilk and finish with oil, mixing to a soft dough consistency (overmixing will ‘toughen’ the dough resulting in a ‘hard’ biscuit).  Lightly flour table and roll out dough (adding flour as needed) to approx. 1” thickness.  Cut biscuits to desired shape and cook on parchment paper at 300 degrees for 14-16 minutes (till tops are golden brown).


Apple Crisp
You just can’t have dinner without dessert. Forget store-bought pies and cookies, wow them with homemade Apple Crisp you already know is delicious.
– 1.5 oz butter
– 2 lbs sliced apples
– 3 oz white sugar
– 3 oz brown sugar
– pinch kosher salt
– ¼ t cinnamon
– pinch nutmeg
– ¾ oz cornstarch
At medium heat, melt butter with cinnamon and nutmeg and sauté apples with remaining ingredients stirring carefully until apples are tender and evenly coated.

– 3 oz softened butter
– 1 T cinnamon
– 1.5 t nutmeg
– 2 oz brown sugar
– 2 oz white sugar
– 5 oz AP flour
– 1.5 oz oats
Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to butter and mix by hand. Next, add oats and fold into sugar / butter mixture. Finally add flour until fully incorporated into coarse crumbs.  Cover apples evenly with crumb blend. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Serve with a scoop of Stewart’s Vanilla Ice Cream

We can’t wait to see the delicious dishes you recreate from these OBI favorites – if you can wait until Thanksgiving! So get your shopping list ready for the holiday and cook with Chef’s confidence – or at least his recipes!