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Monday, November 30, 2009

Turkey day recipes...2nd installment are all of the remaining recipes from turkey day, as seen in A Thanksgiving pictures...minus the desserts...those are for another day. Mama made the Turkey and the Dressing, other little sis made the Green Bean Casserole, I made the Gravy and Applesauce. Grandma made the Broccoli Salad...from a recipe I passed on to her (in a strange twist of fate). I also wanted to add that I was all set to make homemade dinner rolls...2 kinds even! But alas, I hemmed and hawed and procrastinated as usual...and ended up buying the rolls. But I do want to say thank you to 2 amazing ladies to whom I have looked up to for their bread making skills for some time...and they're both super nice and helped me with my questions and gave me tips...which will ultimately be used, I promise. Those two ladies and the links to the rolls that almost were are the equally gorgeous and talented Monica of Lick the Bowl Good and Frieda of Lovin' from the Oven. You ladies inspire me on a daily basis. 

Broccoli Salad 

not sure of the origin of the recipe...I first got it from a gal I worked with 12 or so years ago (thanks Courtney). Sometimes I switch it own little tweaks on what I know is a fairly common recipe. And a really good recipe. People cry if this isn't at a holiday table.

1 large head broccoli They usually comes in bunches these days...I just use a couple or more...
3/4 c. raisins the multi-colored ones are visually pleasing...also try dried cranberries or cherries
1 lb. bacon dice it and cook it or cook it and crumble, however you prefer 
1/2 c. small dice onion again, use the colors for variety 
1/2- 3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. sugar 
1/2 Tbs. vinegar 

Cut the broccoli into small florets (reserve stalks for another use). Toss with raisins, bacon and onions. Whisk together mayo, sugar and vinegar. Refrigerate for an hour or so to let flavors meld. Toss the broccoli blend with the dressing. Notes: This is also good with a handful or so of sunflower seeds or even cashews. If I'm not serving right away, I'll usually keep the bacon reserved and toss it in last minute.

Sage,Sausage and Apple Dressing 
adapted from Food Network Kitchens 

16 oz.Bread cubes (we tore 16 white and whole grain white -prefer sourdough/cornbread-used other previous years) 
6 Tbs.unsalted butter 
1 lb.fresh sage sausage, casing removed 
1 med.onion, chopped 
2 cooking apples, peeled/cored/chopped 
2 Ribs celery w/ leaves, chopped 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt 
3 c. chicken broth (homemade or low-sodium) 
1/4 c.chopped flat-leaf parsley 
1/2 c.walnut pieces-toasted 
2 eggs,beaten

 Preheat oven 350. Put bread cubes in bowl-set aside(tore/left out to dry,3 days previous) Butter a 3-quart casserole. Melt 2 T.Butter in large skillet. Add sausage & break-up-cook about 5-minutes. Add sausage & pan drippings to bread cubes; toss 'til evenly moistened. Melt remaining butter in pan. Add onion, apple, celery, and salt. Cook until the vegetables are soft about 5 minutes. Add the broth and parsley and bring to boil. Pour the vegetable mixture over the stuffing cubes and toss 'til evenly moistened. Mix in the walnuts and eggs. Loosely pack the dressing in the prepared pan and cook uncovered until the top forms a crust. Drizzle pan drippings & melted butter over the top and cook until the top is crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes. 

Roast Turkey Breast
Split turkey breast & brown in olive oil. 
Sprinkle with Herbes de Provence.
Remove from pan and brown flour (2 Tbsp+/-), Dry Red wine (whatever is on hand) to create a gravy and pour over breasts in small roaster. Cover with foil and roast for ~2 hours. This is wonderful and an easy way to extend the turkey rations. I believe I will always have an additional 5 lbs. of turkey breast along with the turkey.

Apple Cider Brined Turkey
from 2007 Cooking Light

8 C.Apple Cider 
2/3 C Kosher 
2/3 C. Sugar 
1 T.Black Peppercorns-crushed 
1 T. allspice,crushed 
8(1/8 inch thick) sliced slices fresh peeled ginger 
6 whole cloves 
2 Bay Leaves 
1 fresh Turkey 
2 oranges - quartered 
6 C. ice 

 Combine 1st 8 ingredients in a large saucepan;bring to a boil. Cook 5 min or til sugar & salt dissolve.Cool Completely. Remove Giblets and neck from turkey - reserve for gravy. Rinse Turkey and pat dry. Trim excess fat.Stuff Body cavities with oranges. Place all in brining bag 12-24 hours in refrigerator - turn occasionally. Preheat oven-500. Remaining ingredients: 4 Garlic cloves 4 Sage leaves 4 Thyme sprigs 4 Parsley sprigs 1 onion-quartered 14 oz. chicken broth 2 T butter 1 tsp fresh ground pepper 1/2 tsp salt Remove turkey from bag - rinse with cold water and pat dry. Truss. Place first 6 ingredients into the roasting pan-Brush turkey with butter( did olive oil combo)/Sprinkle with salt pepper-place breast-side down in roasting pan for 30 min. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degree F. Carefully turn turkey breast side up in roasting pan and roast approx. 1 1/2 hours or 'til 170 degrees. Remove from oven and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Reserve pan drippings for gravy.

Turkey Gravy 
no real varies a bit year to year
-pan drippings from roast turkey, de-greased 
-Turkey stock (which we make and reserve the week leading up to turkey day), heated up 
-salt, pepper, fresh herbs to match your meal 

 Usually using the roasting pan from the turkey, we add butter and let it melt while scraping the fond from the bottom of the pan. Add an equal amount of flour to make a roux. Continue to cook until it is golden. Slowly pour in reserved pan drippings and add hot stock as needed until correct consistency. Season to taste with salt, pepper &/or fresh herbs.

Spiced, Roasted Applesauce by girlichef This is a family favorite!! It goes super fast and is actually one of the first things I ever blogged! So, follow this link to my original post if you want this recipe...but please don't laugh...I was just starting out...I knew not what I was doing yet. The photos...the formatting...ugh. 

Green Bean Casserole
by Paula Deen 
yield: 6 svgs., so yeah...double or quadruple it!

1/3 stick butter 
1/2 cup diced onions 
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 
2 cups sliced green beans 
3 cups chicken broth 
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 
1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings 
Pinch House Seasoning, recipe follows 
1 cup grated Cheddar 

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning, to taste, to the onion mixture. Stir well. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the Cheddar and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted. 

House Seasoning: 1 cup salt 
1/4 cup black pepper 
1/4 cup garlic powder 

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Your meal must have been fantastic! We'll give you a pass this year for the rolls:-). You all must have had a wonderful time.

  2. You may just find me on your doorstep for Thanksgiving next year. I'll bring a pie and you can feed me all of the other succulent things. :)

  3. You cooked up such goodies...that I wish I was a part of your family. Wish wish wish :)

    I will make the apple sausage stuffing!

  4. The broccoli salad sounds yummy, must try that sometime! I was totally going to make that sage, apple, and sausage stuffing before Judie Byrd's visit :) It's bookmarked for next year!

  5. That's it, I'm coming to your house next year for Thanksgiving! Everything sounds SO good! I thought the first post was great but you saved most of what would be my favorites for this post! DELICIOUS!

  6. What an incredible feast! I really like the sounds of that stuffing.

  7. Girlichef, all these Thanksgiving dishes rock! Thanks for sharing your hoilday experience with all your foodie blgging friends.

  8. I love all of it. I especially want to try the broccoli salad and the stuffing. Lovely dinner!

  9. Man I can't get over all this delicious food! I love the addition of apples with the sausage...yum!

  10. Ooooh...Now I wish it was Thanksgiving again!
    That Sage,Sausage and Apple Dressing...that is also called stuffing, right? Either way, please make me a bucket of that and send it to CA! :-)

  11. I want to dive into that turkey gravy bowl! I did make some mushroom grave with chicken stock for SOS turkey yesterday, a total yum! I am happy to say leftovers are gone in my house!

  12. Give me some of that brocco salad pronto. I need veggies. I want veggies!!!

  13. Everything looks delicious--you had a great meal!

  14. Hey Dar,

    I love that brine recipe. Your spread looks wonderful. Hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to the desserts :-)

  15. I really want that stuffing. As in now. It sounds and looks fantastic.

    I love that you passed a recipe onto your grandmother. Classic :) And it has bacon in it. Gotta love bacon.

    I can't wait to see the desserts!

  16. Mmmm, remind me to mysteriously be in your neighbourhood next American Thanksgiving!

  17. My mom doesn't make her own gravy. I wish she would because yours looks fantastic!!! I guess I'll have to wait until I host Thanksgiving! All your dishes look wonderful by the way, not just the gravy!

  18. Roasted applesauce? How cool is that? It sounds amazing!

  19. i'm scrolling through all of your dishes thinking "that's my, that's my favorite, no wait..." oh my gosh, they all look so good. i'm coming to your house for thanksgiving next year!

  20. It all looks wonderful! What a great meal.....

  21. We took a vote when you weren't looking, we're ALL coming to your house for Christmas dinner!!!!

    Everything looks amazing!

  22. I must commend you on the stuffing - as it's almost identical to mine! You had the best feast. If you can now post your entire Christmas menu, I be much obliged.

  23. Hey..I clean forgot to tell you! To express how much I dig your blog..I left an award at my place...
    Please pick it up, if you want to...I am just happy reading your posts and looking at the droolworthy pictures :)

  24. Wow, I am impressed w. all your delicious turkey day recipes! Looks like an amazing feast!

  25. I love Thanksgiving for the sides. Sage, sausage and apple dressing is definitely something I'd make.

  26. Cheese on the green bean casserole....YUM! that's worth trying for sure. So now you're making me hungry for Thanksgiving all over again! and that gravy...looks so rich and flavorful...mmmmm

  27. I have never brined a turkey…or any meat for that matter. You guys had some great spread of food for Thanksgiving. Yum.

  28. I want to try your applesauce- looks yummy!

    Also I like cranberries instead of raisins in my salad, but I also like to add sunflower seeds to it. It gives it a nice nutty crunch.

    Thanks for the shout out girli, I hope that when you do make the rolls you and your family love them!

  29. The apple cider brined turkey sounds delicious! I'm keeping that recipe and maybe use it for our Christmas Turkey!

  30. check this recipe out everyone. Nice blog here, great content

  31. A gorgeous holiday meal! Now I feel like even more of a Thanksgiving slacker.