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A Real Thanksgiving Treat From Chef Ace Champion

It’s 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The aroma of baked turkey still simmers through the living room. The mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and stuffing has already maneuvered itself into leftovers and now sits in the fridge inside a plastic container. The fall inspired tablecloth has been branded with gravy droppings and bread crumbs. Hungry gazes have glazed into satisfied smiles.

You can’t help but think: I couldn’t possibly have another bite. Except…

“What’s for dessert?” You utter the words that everyone is thinking.

Pecan pie? Pumpkin pie? Apple pie? 

Nope. Not this Thanksgiving. Thanks to Chef Ace Champion, we have a mouth-watering treat that is just waiting to be gobbled up at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s not your average pecan pie, it’s Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with White Chocolate Ganache Drizzle. What can we say? There’s always room for dessert.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with a White Chocolate Drizzle

Make 1 pie for 8 slice servings

Pie Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar – packed

1 Cup Light Corn Syrup

3 tablespoons Southern Comfort – 3 ounces

2 tablespoons Real Butter

1 tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream – optional

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon/a pinch of Salt – Kosher or any Table Salt

1 – 1 1/2 Cups Pecan Halves – Ruff Chopped

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet baking chips/half way melted

1 Pre-Made Pie Shell – to fit a 9″ deep dish pie plate

Drizzle Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Southern Comfort – optional

8 ounces White Chocolate – melted

1 tablespoon Cream – for the right consistency

1 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar

Instructions for the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie:

1. Roll pre-made pie shell to fit a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.

2. Transfer pastry to pie plate; trim to 1/2 inch, beyond edge of plate and flute edges.

3. Par-bake the pie shells for 10 minutes on 325 degrees then remove from oven and cool.

4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrups, bourbon, butter and salt until blended.

5. Fold in 1 cup pecans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

6. Pour filling into crust; sprinkle with remaining pecans and chocolate chips.

7. Bake at 325° for about 1 hour & 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is puffed and set.

9. Cool completely on a wire rack.

10. Allow the pie to rest for at least 2 hours before cutting.

This is a great make a day ahead pie!

Instructions for the White Chocolate Ganache:

1. In a double broiler, add the cream and Southern Comfort and allow cooking for about 2 minutes on a steady medium high heat.

2. Add the chocolate chips in a few at a time to allow them to melt nicely with the cream and whiskey.

3. Cook until all chocolate is melted and you have a smooth consistency in your sauce.

4. Note if the sauce is too light, add more chips and if it’s too thick, line it out with a little cream or whiskey.

Presentation: Place a slice of pie on a small plate and top with pecans and drizzle.

Enjoy this delicious dessert!

Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a moment to think about your family Thanksgiving dinner spread. Can you see it?

The turkey, the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pies – the works. Now imagine that same spread on 45 million tables across the United States. That is an astonishing amount of food!

It is estimated the total national spend on Thanksgiving dinner food is $2.9 billion1. We dug into the numbers and put together this infographic to illustrate the jaw-dropping amount of food we are talking about. For instance, the US produces 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins annually2. To put that in perspective, an average adult humpback whale weighs in at 66,000 pounds (what?!), so total pumpkin production is equivalent to 19,042 adult humpback whales! It’s true. Check our math.

Check out our infographic to learn how many pounds of cranberries are produced each year, where most of the 51 million turkeys are coming from, and which state produces the most green beans.

Armed with these remarkable food facts, you will be the star conversationalist at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner - Infographic from Chefuniforms.com

Some random morsels that didn’t make it on the infographic…

  • 39 million: number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving.
  • 37: number of places in the US named Plymouth.
  • 1941: the year Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • 3: number of days the first Thanksgiving lasted.
  • 3-in-1: number of birds making up the Turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken3.

 

ChefUniforms.com wishes you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

 

SOURCES:
1Thanksgiving Statistics, http://www.statisticbrain.com/thanksgiving-statistics/, research date 9/2/15.

2United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service, http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Ag_Statistics/, research date 11/18/15.

3Coolest Thanksgiving Facts, http://www.coolest-holiday-parties.com/thanksgiving-facts.html, research date 11/19/15.

We have all been there….Thanksgiving Disasters Stories you can relate to

Friends Thanksgiving Disaster Story - I wasn't supposed to put beef in the trifle!

Sure, you’re a great chef. You can pull off an amazing Thanksgiving dinner without a hitch, but let’s be honest, we all know it’s not always that way. That being said, we decided to share with you some of our own Thanksgiving disasters at home for a good laugh and a bit of holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Missing a key ingredient

When Shari arrived at her Uncles Thanksgiving dinner with her made-from-scratch Pumpkin Pie in hand, she had no idea how embarrassed she would be in just a few hours. As dinner came to an end, she was so excited to have everyone dig into her dessert. It looked flawless. Perfectly cut fall leaves made from pie crust lined the edge of pie. She watched closely as the first guest cut into the pie. Uh-oh, they couldn’t cut the crust. It was ROCK HARD! Mortified, Shari scoured her brain trying to figure out what when wrong. She didn’t cook it too long. It wasn’t burnt. Oh no… The BUTTER! She forgot the butter! Who knew such a simple ingredient would change a pie from edible to inedible with the cut of knife? Needless to say, Shari has never left out the butter from her crust since that day.

To eat, or not to eat the ham: that is the question…

Tammy had one job: bring the ham. She picked the biggest one. Found the best recipe. Watched and basted it for hours until it was perfectly browned with a decadent honey and brown sugar crust. Proud of her ham, she wrapped it up, and made her way to her parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. Prize-winning ham in hand, she made her way through the door of her parents’ house and boom! Ham went one way, Tammy went the other way. After she picked up herself, and the ham off of the floor, they decide to salvage what they could off the ham, and put it in the oven on high to kill the germs. That year, there was a lot of leftover ham.

Gone fishing

Sarah and her sister decided to prepare Thanksgiving dinner together for both of their families last year. When it came time to stuff the turkey, it took both sisters’ efforts to stuff and truss the large turkey. It wasn’t until after the turkey was stuffed and in the roaster, that Sarah’s sister realized the Band-Aid she was wearing on her finger was GONE! After staring at each other horrified, they decided to un-do the turkey, and fish through ALL of the stuffing to locate the band-aid. They couldn’t find it! It wasn’t until they dressed the turkey up for second time, and hoisted it into the oven that they discovered the illusive band-aid. There it was, hanging from the bottom of the roaster! Phew! That was a close one Sarah!

Do you have any funny Thanksgiving stories? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story with us below.

From our table at Chefuniforms.com to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Disaster Stories we can all relate too

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