Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist

 

Turducken may be old hat at this point, but only at the Beard House could you taste a Turduckgras meatball—that’s turkey, duck, and foie gras. This TBT, we’re looking back at these unusual bird balls that were served as part of our 2012 Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist dinner, where Scott Varnedoe of Baton Rouge’s Stroubes showed us how they properly celebrate below the Mason Dixon. With a menu ranging from Roasted Butternut Squash–Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cappuccino with Red and Green Chili Oil, Allspice Whipped Cream, and Toasted Chestnut Dust to Individual Apple–Pecan Pies with Buttermilk–Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Calvados Caramel, and Dehydrated Apple Baklava Sticks, Beard House diners were treated to a Southern feast that left them with nary a thought of Mom’s candied yams.

 

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Recipe: Crackling-Crusted Scallops with Tabasco Sauce and Tasso Ham Candy

Crackling-Crusted Diver Scallops with Tabasco Sauce and Tasso Ham Candy In this Cajun-style recipe from Louisianan chef Scott Varnedoe, scallops are hugged in a porky crust of powdered cracklings, then napped with a buttery Tabasco sauce. Varnedoe plays up the porcine factor by adding candied shards of smoky tasso ham, a regional specialty that's woefully hard to come by beyond Bayou Country, but thick-cut sliced bacon or pancetta work well in its place. Get the recipe here, and don't forget to serve some of

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Eye Candy: Southern Sliders

Rabbit, Foie Gras, and Wild Mushroom Sliders with Pickled Shallots, Whole Grain Creole Mustard, and Potato Gaufrettes At his recent Beard House dinner, Scott Varnedoe prepared updated Southern food with classic details, like these rabbit, foie gras, and wild mushroom sliders with pickled shallots, whole grain Creole mustard, and potato gaufrettes. See more photos from the dinner here.

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On the Menu: July 25 through July 31

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Wednesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M. Antebellum Luxury Once a grand estate house then occupied by Union soldiers, the impeccably restored Monmouth Plantation is now a small luxury hotel and the site of restaurant 1818, named for the year the plantation was built. At this dinner, acclaimed chef Scott Varnedoe will serve refined Southern fare with Au Bon Climat wines paired by vintner Jim Clendenen. Thursday, July 29, 7:00 P.M. Best of BLT It’s hard to believe it has only been six years since the opening of the universally lauded BLT Steak. Join us as chefs from the BLT empire celebrate their accomplishments at an incredible dinner accompanied by selections from boutique winemaker

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