Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thanksgiving changes to traditional recipes

Change up that "Traditional" Thanksgiving Dinner!
We all have our "traditional" menus for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Here is ours: Roasted Turkey, Stuffing (stove top), mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, cranberries & green bean casserole.

Now get on your Apron & start cooking.

Here are a few "change ups" to your traditional menu...

Turkey: BRINE it before roasting! This makes THE JUICIEST TURKEY EVER!!!
I do this in a double big Garbage bag (make sure it is NOT the scented ones)... keep in a cooler with ice.

Stuffing: Fry 1/2 to 1 lb breakfast sausage (depending on how many boxes of stovetop you are cooking)... chop onion, celery & mushrooms & saute with sausage. When boiling the water for stovetop, add the meat & veggies... sprinkle a little poultry seasoning & then cook the stovetop as directed. It does NOT taste like "Stove top". It is waaay better!

Mashed Potatoes... make twice baked. Bake potatoes till done, split in half the long way, scoop out cooked potato (Save the cooked peels) ... mash as you would normally with salt, butter & milk (add some sour cream for an extra "zip")... spoon back into the peels & add a dab of butter to top & bake a few minutes more. ** if you like, you can add shredded cheddar cheese & bacon bits if you like.)

Gravy: Add a little white wine (only the kind you would drink)

Yams: Either canned or raw sliced.... layer sliced of yams with slices of granny smith apples or pears. Pour over top with Orange juice & sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake till cooked.

Cranberries: Cook whole berry canned cranberries... in a cup, mix maybe 1/2 tsp cornstarch & about 1/2 cup Orange juice or your favorite Red Wine. Mix into cranberries till smooth & thickened a little. Cool & put in the middle of a decorative plate. Then slice jellied cranberries & put the slices around the edge of the plate.

Green Bean Casserole: Make just like the normal recipe HOWEVER instead of using cream of mushroom soup... use KNORRS Hollandaise Sauce. It is AWESOME!

So there are a few changes to that "traditional" menu for the Holidays.

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