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Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving in the USA is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

  • Roast Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Sautéed Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Gravy
  • White Wine – Riesling 

Roast Turkey

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  • Turkey
  • Butter
  • 2 leeks including some green – chopped
  • 2 large onion – chopped
  • 15 baby carrots – chopped
  • 4 tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • Bacon strips to cover breast
  • Chicken stock

Disposable pan

Cooking rack

Cookie sheet – for stability

Place unopened turkey on a cloth-lined cookie sheet and thaw in refrigerator 7 hours per pound or one day for every four pounds of frozen turkey.

Thanksgiving Morning:

If the turkey’s not completely thawed, set in a large pot of cold water to complete. Dispose of packet inserted in the cavity. Rinse well, then pat dry with paper towels.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Cooking times:

10 – 18 lbs.     2 – 2½ hrs.

18 – 22 lbs.     2½ – 3 hrs.

22 – 24 lbs.     3 – 3½ hrs.

Melt 1 stick of butter in a large frying pan. When the foam subsides, lay the turkey on its side breast down. Brown the breast until golden, first one side then the other. Be careful moving the turkey around, it’s heavy and awkward.

Set the disposable pan on the cookie sheet. Insert cooking rack. Add chopped vegetables. Place turkey on rack breast up. Lay bacon slices over the breast to cover well. Pour in enough chicken broth to cover the pan bottom by 1 inch. Cover the turkey and pan edges with aluminum foil, crimping the sides well.

Remove from oven at the predetermined time. To test if the bird is done, use a paper towel or pot holder and shake hands with its leg. The leg should move freely. If you use a meat thermometer it should read 185° when inserted in the thigh. For an accurate reading, be sure not to touch bone. Tent with foil and allow to rest 30 – 45 minutes before carving.

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 Stuffing

NOV Stuffing

  • 1 package bread stuffing cubes plain or seasoned
  • ½ pound Jimmy Dean Original Sausage in the tube
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 stick butter
  • Chicken stock about 2 cups maybe a little more
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 egg

The stuffing may be prepared a day or two in advance up to the baking point.

Fry sausage, breaking into small chunks until lightly brown.

Melt butter in a medium-size skillet. When the foam subsides add the celery and onion. Sauté 3-4 minutes, be careful not to let it brown.

Empty bread cubes into a large bowl. Add sausage and vegetables with all their juices. Mix well.

Beat egg in a small bowl. Pour onto stuffing. Sprinkle sage and thyme across the top. Mix well.

Stir in chicken stock until the mixture is very moist, but not soupy.

Spoon into a baking dish, do not pack in, and cover tightly with foil. (This is your stopping point if you make this before Thanksgiving. Refrigerate the stuffing until you are ready to bake it.)

Thanksgiving Day:

Remove stuffing from the refrigerator early in the day to allow it to come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake the stuffing for a half hour. Remove foil and continue to bake until the top has browned.

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Mashed Potatoes

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  • 1 small russet potato per person
  • Chicken stock
  • Butter
  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Pepper

The Day Before:

Pour one-inch chicken stock into a saucepan. Peel and quarter the potatoes, then place in a saucepan. Add tap water to cover by one inch. Put a lid on the pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower temperature to a strong simmer. Cook for approximately 25 minutes. Test for doneness by poking a fork into a potato. It should insert easily.

Drain potatoes. Mash well without adding other ingredients. Cool completely in a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Thanksgiving Day:

Remove potatoes from the refrigerator early in the day to allow them to come to room temperature. When you are ready to serve, microwave potatoes until hot. Stir in butter, sour cream, milk, and pepper to the consistency you prefer.

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Candied Sweet Potatoes

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  • 32oz. can of sweet potatoes – my favorite is Royal Prince Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Drain the potatoes in a colander. Cut large pieces in half. Lay potatoes into a 13×9 inch glass baking dish.

Sprinkle brown sugar across the top, then dot with butter.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Scatter marshmallows over the yams and bake for 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are brown.

Services 8.

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Broccoli Stir-fry

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  • 4 mini carrots sliced on an angle
  • ½ cup olive oil – possibly more
  • ½ medium onion sliced
  • 1-inch piece ginger root peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 head broccoli trimmed and cut into florets
  • ½ small sweet red pepper cored, seeded and cut into strips
  • ½ small yellow pepper cored, seeded and cut into strips
  • 2 large garlic cloves pressed
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 green onions sliced on an angle
  • 5 mini Bello mushrooms cleaned and sliced into thirds
  • 1 tbsp. lime or lemon juice

Have all the ingredients prepped and on the counter before you begin cooking.

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add onion, carrot and gingerroot. Sauté until carrot is almost soft. Test by inserting a toothpick into the carrot. Remove as many gingerroot pieces as you can find. Don’t worry if some are left in the pan.

Add broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and garlic. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes. Stir constantly to insure broccoli is well coated with the oil. Add more oil if necessary. Squeeze on the lime or lemon juice. Sauté 2 – 4 minutes, but be sure the broccoli and peppers still have a crunch to them.

Blend in green onions and mushrooms. Sauté until mushrooms are heated through. Serve quickly.

Serves 4 – 6 so adjust accordingly.

From the corn through the gravy you’ll see just how lazy I can be on holidays.  🙂

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Corn

1 can of corn per 4 people – my favorite is Green Giant Niblets butter

Canned corn:

Drain corn then pours into a microwave-safe bowl. Lay 2 or 3 pats of butter across the top. Microwave for 3 minutes, stir and serve.

Frozen corn:

Follow package instructions

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Cranberry Sauce

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1 can of sauce per 6 people – my favorite is Ocean Spray Jellied

Lay the sauce into a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator until ready to serve.

Gravy

1 jar of gravy for 4 people – my favorite is Heinz Home Style Gravy Roasted Turkey

Pour the gravy into a saucepan. Stir in a few tablespoons of the juice from the roasted turkey pan. Heat through and serve.

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Written by Sloane Taylor

Award-winning author Sloane Taylor is a sensual woman who believes humor and sex are healthy aspects of our everyday lives and carries that philosophy into her books. She writes sexually explicit romances that takes you right into the bedroom. Being a true romantic, all her stories have a happy ever after. Her books are set in Europe where the men are all male and the North American women they encounter are both feminine and strong. They also bring more than lust to their men’s lives. Taylor was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Studly, her mate for life, and Sloane now live in a small home in Indiana and enjoy the change from city life. Feel free to email me at sloanetaylor@comcast.net or visit my blog http://sloanetaylor.blogspot.com/

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