Thanksgiving is about tradition.
And nothing is more traditional than Thanksgiving fare, particularly the stuffing.
You can do a lot of things to a turkey — bake it, grill it, boil it in oil, wrap it in bacon — but when all is said and done the turkey is merely the delivery system for the stuffing.
Everybody's stuffing is different. Everybody's stuffing is the best. Everybody wants their stuffing on Thanksgiving.
That noted, circumstances suggest that this may be the year to temporarily break from tradition and try a stuffing that's a little, well, more than a little, different.
The special circumstances?
The Twinkie may be extinct.
Sure, there are rumblings that something may be worked out with Hostess, but what if that doesn't happen? What if this is our last opportunity to try Twinkie stuffing?
You laugh, but "The Twinkie Cookbook" includes such a recipe.
Twinkling Turkey (serves 15 to 20)
>>1 (8 1/2 ounce) package yellow corn muffin mix, prepared and baked according to package instructions
>>6 Twinkies halves lengthwise
>>1 (14-18-pound) turkey
>>1 tart apple, peeled, cored and diced
>>1/4 cup honey
So what you do is bake yourself up some yellow corn muffins. I don't know why yellow is specified, but I assume it has something to do with color coordinating with the Twinkie.
Next you get your Twinkies and you scoop out the white stuff inside, which is often referred to as cream but in actuality may be as far removed from a dairy product as you can get.
Now you cut your Twinkies, which have also been baked 8-10 minutes, into squares and add them to the crumbled up yellow corn muffin, add the chopped apple, stuff it all into the turkey, and then pop that bad boy into the oven at 350 degrees until the bird is done.
While the turkey is cooking, you mix the Twinkie cream-like substance with a quarter cup of honey, and when the bird is ready, you use the solution to baste it, before popping it back in the oven for another 12 minutes or half a glass of wine, whatever comes first.
Then you take the turkey out and let everything coagulate for a while before serving.
Tell me your taste buds aren't in a flat-out frenzy.
Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.