“I watch Peanuts videos with my mom and dad. I watch Peanuts videos with my dog.” Yeah, I’ve got that commercial down pat. (I watched a lot of Nickelodeon videos.) But I really do watch Peanuts with my family, dogs included. We all grew up on them and no matter how many times you’ve seen them, they’re still fun to watch. I’m a bit like Charlie Brown, (Who isn’t?) so I can easily see me serving a Thanksgiving dinner of nothing but snack foods. I can make more than cold cereal and toast, but if I’m in a pinch, who knows? I know a lot of people have made up Charlie Brown’s “dinner,” but I surprisingly never did.
Thanksgiving has always been such a hectic holiday for my family with multiple dinners. I’d get up and my mom would already be cooking. I’d help her out with whatever I could and we’d watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, then my local parade, then the National Dog Show. The cooking still wasn’t finished by then, but we’d already be late for dinner at my grandma and grandpa’s. Thanksgiving is all done at my house now, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I usually have store-bought bread, pretzels, jellybeans, and popcorn hanging around in my kitchen anyway, so maybe one of these days I’ll just snap and serve this instead.
Bag of pretzel sticks
Bag of jelly beans
2 pieces of bread
Bread for Toast:
2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups bread flour
2 ½ tablespoons butter, cold, cut into chunks
White popcorn kernels
¼ cup vegetable oil
Bread for Toast:
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy. Add the salt, flour, and butter and combine. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball again and place in a large, clean bowl. Lightly coat dough with oil and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. Punch down the dough and divide in half. Shape each half of the dough into an oval or loaf shape and place in greased loaf pans. Let the dough rise uncovered for another hour, or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake loaves for 35-40 minutes. Place the pans on a cooling rack and let rest for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out and let rest on a rack until completely cooled. Cut into slices.
Pour vegetable oil into a large pan or pot on medium heat. Place one kernel inside and cover. Once it pops, add enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and gently shake. When the popping stops, remove from heat. Season with salt to taste.
Putting It All Together:
Place two slices of bread in a toaster and toast until they’ve reached the desired doneness. Butter and stack on a plate. Surround with a handful each of pretzel sticks, jelly beans, and popcorn. You may now feast.
You want me to eat toast and snacks for Thanksgiving Dinner? Sure! I better whip up a sundae to wash it all down. Who needs the turkey, and the mashed potatoes, and the cranberry sauce, and the pumpkin pie? Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. It’s about the people you share it with.
I’m taking a break next week, so tune in next, next week for more Cartoon Cravings!