How To Have An Old Bay Thanksgiving

Eva Niessner

How To Have An Old Bay Thanksgiving

Turkey day is almost here! There's nothing better than all of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes -- the turkey, the potatoes, the veggies and rolls, and all of that delicious dessert. Well....actually...the meal COULD be a little bit better. There's no way around the fact that Old Bay makes everything so, so much more tasty. And we're here to let you know that there are many ways to add a sprinkle of Old Bay to your favorite Thanksgiving treats! 

First up, the main event -- we're talking turkey. Brining is a popular way to prepare the Thanksgiving bird, and this recipe from Patio Daddio BBQ gives you tips on making a delicious brine concoction. There are plenty of ingredients in this brine, but what really gives it the kick is the Old Bay (obviously!). Brining adds plenty of moisture to your turkey, and the Old Bay flavor added in will have your guests licking their plates! You can even add more autumn flavor to your turkey brine with an apple-brined turkey -- featuring a healthy dose of Old Bay in the recipe, of course. 
Potatoes are another essential for the Thanksgiving table. These quartered and roasted potatoes from Genius Kitchen require just three ingredients -- potatoes, butter, and a nice healthy heaping of Old Bay. Can't get any simpler than that -- or tastier! If you'd prefer a taste of sweet potatoes, well, no need to worry. Martha Stewart has your back! This recipe is only three ingredients too. As long as you have sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil and Old Bay, you're all set. (Martha, can we make you an honorary Marylander?)
We know you like it spicy -- even at Thanksgiving!
Pre-dinner snacks are another important part of Thanksgiving -- what other holiday lets you pre-game food with more food? We're a big fan of spicy, simple snacks like Old Bay Chex Mix, which couldn't be easier to make. (Way, way better than the stuff you get off the shelf! It really pays off to make some of these yourself, especially since you can add more Old Bay if you like.) Want to take the fanciness up a notch? Impress your new significant other's family at Thanksgiving this year by bringing some oven-roasted Old Bay chickpeas. Forget plain old hummus -- roasting (and adding Old Bay) takes the humble chickpea to a whole new level. And if they're from out of state, this is a great way to introduce them to the wonders of Old Bay seasoning!
Most people, even the most die-hard Marylanders, would not immediately associate the taste of Old Bay with dessert. But there are a few ways to incorporate your favorite spice blend into a dessert recipe! One way is to whip up some homemade Old Bay and potato chip ice cream -- we know it sounds a little out there, but if you're a spicy-salty-sweet fan, this will hit the spot. But if you're looking for something a little bit more traditional to finish up your Thanksgiving feast, why not try a twist on pecan pie? These mini spicy crust bourbon pecan pies call for cinnamon and ancho chili powder, but we bet you could sub in Old Bay to get that perfectly Maryland taste. 
Can't get enough Old Bay this Thanksgiving? You don't have to stop at just food -- why not wear one of our Old Bay apparel items to the table this year! Just be sure not to drip any gravy on what's sure to be your new favorite item! 

Leave a reply

sort by date

Latest articles

Where'd That Maryland City Name Come From?


Where'd That Maryland City Name Come ...

  Some towns and cities have pretty obvious names. They're probably named after a geographic feature, or after the person who founded it. But what about the Maryland towns with...

read more
We Love Pumpkins! 6 Pumpkin Facts You Didn't Know


We Love Pumpkins! 6 Pumpkin Facts You...

    1. The largest pumpkin ever grown was over a ton in weight! That's right! An Italian man named Stefano Cutrupi grew a pumpkin in 2021 that was 2,702 pounds....

read more
Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Maryland College Teams?


Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Mary...

Now that football season is approaching, you're probably thinking about your alma mater's homecoming game. But how well do you actually know the teams here in Maryland? If you're an...

read more
Madame Maryland's Horoscope: September 2023


Madame Maryland's Horoscope: Septembe...

Fall is in the air, Marylanders! Summer is waning, and we're finally getting some nice crisp mornings -- a sure sign that autumn will be here soon. What does the...

read more
Go Back In Time! What Was Prehistoric Maryland Like?


Go Back In Time! What Was Prehistoric...

You've probably seen some pictures or heard some stories about what Maryland was like before you lived here or before you were born. Maybe your grandparents showed you some snapshots...

read more
10 Dorm Cooking Hacks


10 Dorm Cooking Hacks

  It's time to head back to school, Marylanders! If you're living in a dorm for the first (or second, or third) time, you may be wondering what you can...

read more
5 Fun Facts About Maryland's Official Feline


5 Fun Facts About Maryland's Official...

  If you're a cat person, you know there's nothing cuter than a cuddly calico cat. These colorful kitties are so distinctive, and they make great pets. But here in...

read more


Smith Island Cake: The Local Legend

Maryland is well-known for a lot of savory things -- when we say Maryland food, you're probably thinking steamed crabs crusted with Old Bay, or fries eaten at the beach,...

read more
10 Things You Didn't Know About Maryland's State Parks


10 Things You Didn't Know About Maryl...

No matter what season it is here in Maryland, there's a state park waiting for you -- and Maryland has some pretty fantastic hidden gems deep in its woods! How...

read more