This is my 17th Thanksgiving where I do some of the cooking and some of the hosting. I’m starting to see a trend in my recipes. I’m reposting last year’s working menu. Happy Thanksgiving!
I need all of this week’s recipes to be in one place. Here. You’ll see the post grow and change. I have linked what I can but the same information is posted below. After I’ve figured out what I’m doing when, I’ll print this entire post out, staple it and get to work. We have a little over 30 people coming this year, so I’ve decided to keep the menu and preparation as simple as possible (hence the addition of turkey roasting bag and lack of diversity in dish). Have fun prepping, cleaning, cooking, and eating. I know I will (except for the cleaning part…bleh).
Caramel Apple Cider
Great Basics Article (use for gravy)
How to Cook a Turkey in a Bag
Sage Stuffing Recipe
Fruit & Sausage Stuffing Recipe
Corn Bread for Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Corn with Fresh Herbs
Cannon Family Rolls
Caramel Apple Cider
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 Gallon apple cider
2 1/2 cups water
Caramel Whipped Cream
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 tablespoons brown sugar
Caramel Whipped Cream: In a small chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with the brown sugar until soft peaks form.
First, bring the cream and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cider and the water and raise the heat to medium high, heating just until the cider begins to steam, about 4 minutes. Allow people to serve themselves out of crockpot or warm pot on stove. Top each one with 2 tablespoons of caramel whipped cream (recipe follows) and serve immediately.
8 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs (from a 1-lb white loaf with crust removed)
4 cups coarsely crumbled buttermilk corn bread
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
2 medium onions, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 turkey liver or 3 chicken livers (2 to 3 oz total), trimmed and finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup turkey giblet stock or low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Spread all bread crumbs in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven until dry, about 15 minutes total. Cool crumbs in pans on racks, then transfer to a large bowl and stir in parsley, sage, salt, and pepper.
Melt butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, then add onions and liver and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add celery and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with crumbs and toss well. Add eggs, stock, and cream and toss well.
Transfer stuffing to a buttered 2 1/2- to 3-quart shallow baking dish. Bake, covered, in middle of oven 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until browned, about 30 minutes more.
The Best Cornbread
Because I’m using this for a stuffing, I’ll reduce the oil to 1/2 cup. I want it to be dry.
1 cup sugar*
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil**
Mix eggs, sugar, and buttermilk together. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake in a 9X13 at 400 for 15-25 minutes.
*This amount of sugar is a bit steep for me. Ever since I read Good Calories, Bad Calories, I cringe at really sweet things that are meant to be savory. I belong to the camp that believes cornbread is a savory, not a sweet. So, I usually about about 1/2 cup sugar or even less if I’m feeling really tough. Sorry I’m not that much fun anymore.
**I’ve made this with 1 cup of butter instead of oil, and boy oh boy is it divine. A bit more fattening and expensive, but divine nonetheless.
Sweet Potato Casserole (Heather Sundahl/Emily Curtis)
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts
Bake sweet potatoes (scrub, pierce with fork and bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes). Once they’re baked, they peel easily. Place peeled potatoes in large mixing bowl (I use stand mixer). Mash them. Mix together first six ingredients and put into a 9X13 inch baking dish. Mix together topping and spread on top of potatoes. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Serves 10-12.
Corn with Fresh Herbs
Combine desired amount of frozen corn, 3 tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper in pot. Stir over low heat till warmed through. Sprinkle with assorted fresh herbs (chives, parsley, tarragon, sage, basil).