Thanksgiving is an awesome time to take a vacation to Hilton Head Island with your family and be thankful for each other as well as the views you can enjoy of the beach! Beach Properties of Hilton Head has many homes that can accommodate bigger groups of people, with some homes having 7 bedrooms! Another perk of staying in a vacation rental home as opposed to a hotel, is that you don’t have to give up the tradition of cooking all day with your family at home, as all of our homes and villas have fully functional and fully equipped kitchens with everything you would need to make an amazing turkey dinner– aside from the groceries of course! Here is some southern Thanksgiving recipe inspiration to add a little island twist to your traditional dinner– who knows, maybe you can make a new tradition here in Hilton Head!
Shrimp and Grits Thanksgiving Dressing:
A little twist on your average stuffing that is sure to wow your family! Everyone loves a good lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, so why not incorporate it into Thanksgiving dinner!?
1 pound peeled, medium-size raw shrimp
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 cup uncooked regular grits
1/2 cup butter
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Devein shrimp, if desired.
- Bring broth, salt, and ground red pepper to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Whisk in grits, and return to a boil; reduce heat to low, and stir in butter. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed then remove from heat.
- Stir together eggs, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, green onions, and parmesan in a large bowl.
- Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot grits mixture into egg mixture; add egg mixture to remaining hot grits mixture, stirring constantly.
- Stir in shrimp until well blended.
Pour grits mixture into a lightly greased 11-x 7-inch baking dish.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until mixture is set. Let stand 10 minutes.
Bourbon Pecan Pie:
Is your mouth watering yet? Pecan Pie is a southern staple and a great addition for one of your many Thanksgiving dessert options! This Bourbon Pecan Pie adds an extra southern kick– perfect for a post-turkey dessert!
- 1 Pie Crust
- 1 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
- 2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 1 Tbs Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Bourbon
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
- 1 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
- 3 Eggs, room temperature, beaten
- In a small sauce-pot on medium low heat mix the brown rice syrup and sugar. As the mixture starts to bubble around the edges, whisk so that the sugar dissolves. Do not let this mixture come to a boil. Remove from heat and add the butter, molasses, bourbon and vanilla. Whisk to mix. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Toast the pecan halves for about 10-12 minutes until lightly toasted. They’ll toast further as the pie bakes.
- Arrange the pecans in the bottom of the pie, in an even layer with tops up.
- Once the brown rice syrup mixture has come to room temperature, add the eggs and whisk until ingredients come together.
- Gently, pour the sugar-egg mixture over the pecans.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes turning 1/2 way through baking. It’s done when the center is just set but still slightly soft. If the crust starts to get dark, place a crust protector over the top of the pie or use foil to cover the edges.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool overnight so that the custard has time to set. Cover when completely cool and store at room temperature for up to three days.
- We recommend serving this up warm with some vanilla bean ice cream on top!
If these recipes have you dreaming of a Thanksgiving getaway head over to our website and book your families Thanksgiving Beach Vacation today!