As one of the ultimate American meals, Thanksgiving is a celebration of food, family, and prosperity. In Northern Louisiana, where wild game is woven into the local fabric, a turkey may be replaced by a duck, goose, or covey of quail.
Any of these birds may end up being the meal’s centerpiece, but the focus on family is always paramount. Miss Kay Robertson, a mother of four and the matriarch of the Duck Commander family, prides herself on her Southern cooking and ability to get her family together around the table. Each episode of the family’s hit television show, Duck Dynasty, ends with a heartwarming North Louisiana meal. The iconic image of the Robertsons’s supper ties together the show’s sense of camaraderie and fellowship.
When not in their kitchen, though, Miss Kay and the Robertsons often make the quick trip to Restaurant Cotton in downtown Monroe, Louisiana, where Chef Cory Bahr serves updated Southern classics. In the spirit of collaboration, we teamed up with the two of them to make a Thanksgiving feast that combines Miss Kay’s down-home cooking with Cory’s inspired remakes.
With a crispy local duckling in the spotlight, this menu should not only satisfy family and friends, but also give them something to talk about throughout the year. And with any great meal, remember to take your time, plan ahead, and encourage guests to come with a meaningful dish of their own. By bringing different flavors and perspectives to the table, the meal can satisfy appetites and nourish the soul.
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