Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas.

It's almost T-Day!   Are you ready?

This year we'll be going  to a Friendsgiving, which is one of the best ideas ever.   I've hosted it a couple of times, and it was great, but it's so nice that I only have to bring a couple of dishes as my contribution this year.

I'm making and bringing an appetizer, this Butternut and Apple Galette.  This was so good, I just want to share this with the world.

as well as a Pumpkin Pie.  I do like to make my own crust, so there are full recipes here.
Here's a few ideas if you're still trying to figure out the menu, or what you'll be bringing to your celebration.

In years past I've made this amazing Green Bean Casserole, and you know what, it shouldn't be just made at T-Day either.  
Green Bean Casserole

as well as these No-Knead Rolls. No Knead Home Made Rolls

I just made these tasty little bites of deliciousness ( too much hyperbole?, Nah).  Pecan Pie Butter Tarts.  Perfect if you only want a little bite after all that turkey. 
Pecan Pie Butter Tarts

I also love making my Boozy Cranberry Sauce from time to time.  Although, I also like the jellied canned stuff. I just like Cranberries.  And when you're making this, it perfumes the entire house.

I also love stuffing, and make myself this Wild Rice Stuffing, cause I'm the only one in the house who eats stuffing, and I personally love this one.
Wild Rice Stuffing

Hint #1
A few years back, I was cooking meals for our local Senior Center and decided to do make a Christmas in July meal. 
I cooked several turkeys that day, and one of my volunteers, Lisa gave me the best hint.  After we took the foil draped turkeys out of the oven to rest, she put some towels on top, to maintain their heat, and those were the easiest turkeys I've ever carved.   When I cook a turkey now, I do the same thing. By letting the turkeys rest, under a towel before carving them, means you get a lovely moist meat.

Hint #2   If you make your turkey gravy from scratch, and end up with a lot of fat on top, you don't want, just dump a few ice cubes on top.  The fat will adhere to the ice cubes, and you can just scoop out the fat.

Hint # 3  I always keep a package of instant potatoes in the cupboard.  If you accidentally make soupy potatoes and lets face it, we've all made that mistake, just whisk in some instant and they firm right up. And... you don't need to use as much butter either.

and my final hint.
Hint #4 If you want super fluffy potatoes, heat the butter and milk or cream together until hot, before mixing it into your fresh cooked potatoes.   Because the milk and butter are already hot, they don't cool down the potatoes and stay nice and fluffy.

Now that I've given you some ideas, I hope your turkey is in the fridge, thawing, so that you don't end up trying to cook a frozen turkey on the big day.  It's not fun, trying to thaw a turkey in a hurry so that it's still safe to cook and eat. 

Christmas is coming and my cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. 
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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