Thanksgiving Special

The festive season is drawing closer and closer, so here at Chopped Up we figured we would share our Thanksgiving feast recipes of Stuffed Chicken with vegetables, pumpkin and sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce, fresh green beans and festive hard boiled eggs. This has had major success with friends of mine; its food that brings everyone together to really enjoy good food. Be warned however that this takes up around 2-3 hours of your time.

Ingredients (serves 7)

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 225g cranberries
  • 14 eggs
  • Thyme
  • Chive
  • Carrots
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 chicken wings or drumsticks
  • Mayonnaise
  • Curry powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 750g green beans
  • 1 whole garlic
  • Parsley
  • 1 pack of gravy
  • Sangria
  • Chicken spice
  • Bell pepper powder
  • Lemon Juice


  1. Peel the pumpkin and empty the mushy contents with a spoon. Dice the pumpkin and add in a large pan. Peel three sweet potatoes, dice them and add them to the same pan. Fill the remainder of the pan with water and a pinch of salt. Set this aside for now.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and then add the eggs. Let it boil for 10 minutes and then remove the eggs and place them in a pan with cold water for 15 minutes.20161026_162437
  3. Meanwhile you can start with the chicken. Stuff it with parsley and slices of lemon. Make sure the chicken is completely filled for the most flavor. Rub the chicken with chicken spice and thyme. Fill an oven dish with peeled carrots, the rest of the sweet potatoes, garlic and the bell peppers. Add the chicken on top of the vegetables and place it in the oven on 180°C for 90 minutes. Make sure the heat is only coming from the top and that the dish is placed in a low position.
  4. Turn on the heat for your mash and leave it to boil for 40 minutes.
  5. Peel your eggs and cut them in half. With a spoon, take out the egg yolk and place in a bowl. In the same bowl, mix in some mayonnaise, curry powder, bell pepper powder, salt and pepper. Fill the egg halves with this mixture and top it off with some chive.
  6. Fill a pan with the cranberries and add an appropriate amount of Sangria. Bring this to a boil.img-20161027-wa0017
  7. Chop up some garlic and add this to a pan together with the green beans. Cook until they turn soft and then top off with some lemon juice.
  8. Make the gravy by adding it with 300ml of water and bringing it to a boil while stirring.
  9. Carve up the chicken, making sure to get as much meat off of it as possible and serve up!20161026_195237

Have a great thanksgiving!

Written by Piet


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