Thanksgiving Recipe Contest

Have you started to make your Thanksgiving plans yet?  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? The holiday, which takes place on Thursday, November 23, is quickly approaching, and if you’re like us, your stomach is already rumbling with the thought of turkey, stuffing, and yams dancing in your head.

Those staples, as well as the many side dishes that fill the holiday table, make up the backbone of every Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family alike. This year, however, we want to know what your favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table is, and how to put it together. That’s the basic idea behind our first annual Palm Beach Happening Thanksgiving Recipe Contest!

The competition, which runs from now until December 2, 2017, is meant to highlight the amazing culinary diversity that is South Florida, and maybe even inspire you, the readers to include new and exciting dishes into your holiday meal.   All images will be posted on the Palm Beach Happening Facebook page and Palm Beach Happening readers will get to choose their favorite before they fall asleep in the Lazy-Boy right after they eat!

Your recipe could be named as the Palm Beach Happening Thanksgiving Recipe of  2017 and will win amazing prizes!

Entrants must submit a photo of their creation, as well as a recipe of how it comes together  via email ([email protected]).  If you’re not sure exactly how to do that, take a look at our #TastyThursday recipes from Chef Zelicious.

To get you in the spirit of competition, check out this amazing recipe from Eau Palm Beach.

Grandma Sylvia’s Sicilian Stuffing by Executive Chef David Viviano“One favorite side dish that sticks out as a ‘Viviano’ family tradition is my Grandma Sylvia’s Sicilian Stuffing. This side dish is far from the traditional bread stuffing. Instead, my grandmother would basically take all the ingredients of meatballs and mix it with rice. Stuff inside the bird or warm it and serve as a side. Either way it’s delicious. And I will always think of my grandmother when I make it. I miss you Grandma Sylvia!” – Executive Chef David Viviano

Image courtesy of Chef David Viviano


  • .5 lb. ground pork
  • .5 lb. ground beef
  • .5 lb. ground veal
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Two cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz.)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


In a large saute pan brown beef, pork and veal until fully cooked. Remove from pan to a large bowl. In the same pan add oil and saute garlic, onions and mushrooms. Add to large bowl.

Add cooked rice, bread crumbs, cheese, egg to the bowl. Using your hands, mix together until fully incorporated. Add tomatoes and continue to mix. Season with salt and pepper.

Stuff in the turkey and cook until internal temperature of stuffing is 165 degrees. Or put in a baking dish covered and cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.



First place:

Scratch Catering Services Presents: Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey

  • 1 twenty- to twenty-one-pound fresh whole 
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), melted, 
  • 1 Bottle rose wine
  • 24 oz of Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Pink Himalayan salt 
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground red peppercorns
  • 4-6 cups Homemade Chicken Stock
  • *Pomegranate Molasses: 24 ounces of Pomegranate Juice and 2 cups of Granulated Sugar

*All Seasonings are to taste, you can use less or more depending on preference and size of turkey.

1.     Rinse turkey with cool water, and dry with paper towels. Let stand for 2 hours at room temperature.

2. Heat oven to 425°  with a rack on the bottom. Combine melted butter, juice, and rose wine in a pot. Fold a large piece of cheesecloth into quarters, *This should end up being about 8 layers, and cut into a 17-inch, four-layer square. Immerse cheesecloth in the butter and wine; let soak.

3. Place turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack in a heavy metal roasting pan. If the turkey comes with a pop-up timer, remove it; using an instant-read thermometer later will give a more accurate indication of doneness. Fold wing tips under turkey. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper inside turkey. Fill large cavity with as much stuffing as it will hold comfortably; do not pack tightly. (Cook remaining stuffing in a buttered baking dish at 375° ). Tie legs together loosely with kitchen string (a bow will be easy to untie later). Fill the neck cavity with ripped bread slices to round out the flap. Fold neck flap under and secure with bamboo skewers or metal turkey pins. Rub turkey with a thick layer of the softened unsalted butter and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Lower turkey on rack into the roasting pan, if it isn’t already in it.

4. Lift cheesecloth out of liquid and squeeze it slightly, *You want this to be wet but not sopping, but more than mere damp; reserve remaining butter and wine mixture on your stove top on warm for future basting. Spread the cheesecloth evenly over the breast and about halfway down the sides of the turkey covering it completely; including the leg area. Fill in bottom of roasting pan with the cut sections carrots, celery, parsnips, turnip, and onions if you choose. Place turkey, in oven. Cook for 30 minutes (@ 425). Using a large pastry brush and  turkey baster, baste cheesecloth and any exposed parts of turkey with butter-and-wine mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 350° afte rthe first 30 minutes at 425, and continue to cook for 2 and 1/2  more hours, basting every 30 minutes and watching then pan juices, when you are out of the butter and wine mixture baste with pan juices *Every 30 minutes; if the roasting pan gets too full, spoon out juices, reserving them for gravy. if you run out of basting liquid and the pan is dry, use chicken or turkey stock to continue basting- Scratch-made or store bought will both work.

5. After the second hour of cooking, rotate roasting pan so that the bird is facing the opposite direction. Baste turkey with pan juices. If there are not enough juices, continue to use the butter-and-wine mixture or at this point homemade chicken stock will do. The skin will get fragile as it browns, so baste carefully. Cook 1 more hour, basting after each 30 minutes. 

6. After the 3.5-4 hour of cooking, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, avoiding any bones. The temperature should reach 170°  (stuffing should be between 140°  and 160° ) and the turkey should be golden brown with the crust a beautiful crisp and shinny appearance under the cheesecloth, *you may need to remove the cheese cloth to continue the browning process, however i have not had to do this, the cheesecloth ensures you breast meat will be juicy, so i have always kept it covered right up until time to carve. The breast does not need to be checked for temperature. If legs are not yet fully cooked, baste turkey, return to oven, and cook another 20 to 30 minutes.

While Bird is cooking make Pomegranate Molasses: Combine 24 ounces of Pomegranate Juice and 2 cups of granulated sugar in a sauce pan and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cook for 1.5 hours or until mixture is thickened like molasses.

7.     When fully cooked, transfer turkey to a serving platter and let rest for about 30 minutes before cutting. Garnish your plater with Red Grapes, Small Red Apples, and cut open pomegranate Fruit for presentation. Combine with Floral greens to make a stunning presentation. 

8.     Apply the Pomegranate molasses using a pastry brush all over the bird, until its glossy and fully coated.



All entries must follow official rules and regulations, which are posted below.  

Other Rules

By submitting a recipe and photo, you fully agree to Official Rules set forth below and give posting permissions to Palm Beach Happening.

You must be over the age of 18 and a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida in order to enter.

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By entering this contest, you agree to allow Palm Beach Happening to post your photo and first name on the website.

The Fine Print


Title: Palm Beach Happening Thanksgiving Recipe Contest!

Term: November 7 – December 2,  2017.  Prize must be claimed within 3 months of contest end date.


Pictures must not be digitally altered or enhanced.
The picture must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;
The picture must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
The picture must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
The picture must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where picture is created.
An entrant may submit more than one picture/entry to the Contest.

To enter:

Submit a photo of their dish, as well as recipe, to our primary e-mail, [email protected].

No pictures will be acknowledged or returned. By entering a picture in this Contest, the Entrant grants a nonexclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to Palm Beach Happening; Happenings Media, LLC;  (“Sponsors”) to edit, to adapt and publish such picture throughout the world in perpetuity, without attribution, compensation, permission or further notification to the entrant, his/her successors or assigns, or any other entity, unless prohibited by law.

Contest prizes: First prize: Copy of “Batter Up, a sprinkle of recipes from a competitive eater” by Mary Bowers; Second prize: 4 free tickets for Wicked Delray Ghost Tours, Third Prize: 2 free tickets to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Winner determination: Winner will be determined by public voting on the Palm Beach Happening’s Facebook Page, as well as by Fanpage Karma’s Good Luck Fairy. Voting will be publicized via various social media outlets.

Winner requirements: Palm Beach Happening will contact the potential prize winner within ten (10) days of winning in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return any documents requested by Palm Beach Happening within the required time period, or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits the prize. If the potential Grand Prize winner is disqualified for any reason, the picture with the next highest amount of votes will win. Prizes can be redeemed after the conclusion of the Contest and verification of each winner. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsors may use the winner’s, name, city, state, likeness, Contest entry and/or prize information in connection with the Contest, in commerce and in all media worldwide, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment or consideration, except where prohibited by law.

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Winners List: Winners’ names will be available online at the Palm Beach Happening Facebook fan page, at, and after completion of the contest. We will also contact the winner directly via Facebook message.

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