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Holiday Sage Dressing

Holiday Sage Dressing

Holiday Sage Dressing

2 loaves of bread, cubed

1 lb. of sweet sausage

1 tsp. of sage

2 chicken bouillon cubes

1/4 C. of Parmesan cheese

3 eggs

2 T. of parsley, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 sticks of celery, diced

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Put bread cubes in large bowl. Fry sausage and drain off excess grease. Dissolve bouillon cubes in 2 C. water. Add all ingredients to bread cubes and mix well. Stuff bird or spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with Pam. Fill with stuffing and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

Sourdough Bread, Fennel and Sweet Sausage Stuffing

Sourdough Bread, Fennel and Sweet Sausage Stuffing

Sourdough Bread, Fennel and Sweet Sausage Stuffing

1 1-lb. loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes (about 16 C.)

1 3/4 lb. sweet Italian sausages, casings removed

5 to 6 T. butter

2 1/2 fennel bulbs, chopped

1 1/4 lb. onions, chopped

1 T. fennel seeds

1 1/4 lb. firm but ripe Bosc pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 large red bell peppers, chopped

2 tsp. dried thyme

2 tsp. dried marjoram

2 tsp. dried rubbed sage

3/4 C. dry white wine

3/4 C. (about) canned low-salt chicken broth

Chopped fennel fronds (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread bread on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake until just golden, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer to very large bowl. Cook Italian sausage in large pot over medium-high heat until browned, breaking up pieces with back of fork, about 12 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to small bowl. Melt 4 T. butter in same large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped fennel, onions and fennel seeds. Sauté until fennel and onions are tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add pears, bell peppers and herbs. Sauté until pears and peppers are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add wine and boil until most liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. (Toasted bread cubes, sausage and fennel mixture can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately. Store bread at room temperature; refrigerate sausage and fennel mixture.) Add sausage and fennel mixture to bread cubes. Season stuffing to taste with salt and pepper.

 

To bake stuffing in turkey:

Loosely fill main turkey cavity with stuffing. Add enough broth to remaining stuffing to moisten lightly (about 1/4 to 1/2 C., depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Generously butter glass or ceramic baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into dish and dot remaining stuffing with 1 T. butter before baking in dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down. Bake stuffing in dish alongside turkey until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover stuffing. Bake until top is just crisp and golden, about 15 minutes.

 

To bake all of stuffing in baking dish:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter 13x9x2-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Add enough broth to stuffing to moisten (about 3/4 C. to 1 1/2 C..) Transfer stuffing to prepared dish and dot stuffing with 2 T. butter before baking. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down; bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is crisp and golden, about 20 minutes longer. Top with fennel fronds, if desired, and serve.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Squares

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Squares

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Squares

 

1 1/2 C. vanilla wafer crumbs

scant 1/2 C. packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

pinch salt

6 T. unsalted butter, melted

 

1 1/4 C. mashed pumpkin

1/2 C. granulated sugar

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 C. heavy cream

16 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs

3/4 tsp. vanilla

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together wafer crumbs, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt until combined. Add butter and stir until moistened. Scoop crumbs into an 8″ square metal cake pan – firmly press crumbs down to form an even layer over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Place into the oven and bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. In a medium saucepan, add mashed pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt – place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar and spices have thoroughly warmed through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cream – scoop into a small bowl and set aside until the mixture has cooled to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined after each. Mix in vanilla. Scoop one-quarter into the pumpkin mixture and stir to combine. Pour back into the bowl with the cream cheese and mix just until combined. Scoop batter into the crust, smoothing the top. Place into the oven and bake until the edges are set and browned, but the center is still a bit wobbly, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Cover and place into the refrigerator to chill until firm, at least 2 hours, before cutting into squares.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

1 large Butternut Squash 2 1/2 pounds or 8 cups, cubed

2 T. olive oil

6 cloves garlic minced

1 T. dried Italian seasoning

Salt + Pepper to taste

1/2 C. toasted pine nuts

Fresh chopped parsley and rosemary to garnish, optional

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside. Peel, seed and chop butternut squash into small cubes of approximately equal size (total amount should equal approximately 8 cups). Transfer butternut squash, olive oil, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Toss well to combine. Arrange the butternut squash on the prepared baking sheet spread in single layer. Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until fork tender and browning around the edges. Remove the squash from the oven and transfer to a large serving dish. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and fresh chopped herbs, if desired.

Traditional Stuffing

Traditional Stuffing

Traditional Stuffing

 

1 pound Italian loaf (or French loaf), cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter

1 C. onion, diced

1 C. celery, diced

2 T. sage, chopped

2 T. parsley, chopped

1 T. rosemary, chopped

1 T. thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 C. chicken broth

 

Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 200F/90C until dried out, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, add the onions and celery and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and cook until fragrant, about a minute, before removing from heat. Mix the parsley, rosemary and thyme into the cooked veggies and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the egg into the broth before mixing into the veggies and gently tossing with the bread cubes. Place the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until lightly golden brown on top, about 40 minutes. Tip: Bake the bread to dry it out a day ahead and leave it out overnight.

 

Option: Add 1 T. garlic to the pan along with the sage.

Option: Replace the fresh herbs with dried herbs using 1 tsp. dried herb in place of 1 T. of fresh.

Option: Replace the fresh herbs with 2 T. dried poultry seasoning.

Option: Add a diced apple to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add a diced pear to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add 1 C. diced fennel to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add 8 ounces diced mushrooms to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add cooked wild rice!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked and crumbled Italian sausage!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked diced chorizo!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked diced andouille!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked and crumbled bacon or pancetta!

Option: Add chopped chestnuts!

Option: Add chopped walnuts!

Option: Add raisins!

Option: Add dried cranberries!

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

1 pound loaf Ciabatta bread

1 pound broccoli rabe

1  pound Italian Sweet Sausage, casings removed

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 red onions, diced

3/4 cup diced celery

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese

3 eggs

2 1/4 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine or dry vermouth

butter for baking dish and foil

Kosher salt

pepper

 

Time-Saving Tip:  Cook the broccoli rabe in advance, cool and store until ready to continue.  Prepare the stuffing a day in advance and bring to room temperature before baking.

 

Trim the ends off of the broccoli rabe, rinse well. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Have a colander resting in a bowl nearby so you can scoop the cooked broccoli rabe into the colander when ready. Also, set up a large bowl with cold water and some ice to transfer the cooked vegetable. Add the broccoli rabe to the pot; stir it. Cook for about 3 minutes until nearly tender, don’t overcook. Using tongs, transfer the broccoli rabe to the colander. Let drain and then transfer to a bowl of ice water, this will stop the broccoli rabe from overcooking. Cut the broccoli rabe into 1-inch pieces. If you’re not using right away, make sure to drain well and store to use later.  Remove the sausage from the casing and transfer to a nonstick pan with two tablespoons of olive oil.  Sauté while breaking up with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink. Add the onions and celery, season with salt and pepper.  Sauté for 5-6 minutes until the meat starts to brown.  Combine the broccoli rabe with the mixture, sprinkle with more salt and pepper and cook another two minutes. Pour the wine in the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until most of the liquid is gone.  Set aside and cool to room temperature. While the mixture cools, combine the eggs and chicken broth. Cut the bread into roughly 1 inch- 1 1/2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl. Once the sausage mixture has completely cooled, add it to the bread and toss to combine. Then stir in the cheese, parsley, and season with salt and pepper.  Finally, pour in the egg mixture and gently coat all of the dressing. Transfer the dressing to a buttered casserole dish.  Tightly cover with foil. At this point, you can store the stuffing in the refrigerate overnight. Please remove it from the refrigerator at least an hour before baking. Place the casserole dish in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Pan-Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms

Pan-Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms

Pan-Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms

2 pounds Brussels sprouts

1 pound shiitake mushrooms

2 tsp. grapeseed oil or other neutral flavored oil for high-heat cooking, you may need more

¼ C. shiro (white) miso

2 tsp. rice vinegar

1 tsp. maple syrup

1 small garlic clove, very finely minced,

salt to taste

optional: crushed red pepper or togarashi (Japanese chili spice)

 

Wash Brussels sprouts and peel off any wilted or browned outer leaves. Trim the base of each Brussels sprout, then cut into quarters length-wise. Wash shiitake mushrooms, trim off stems (save stems for vegetable stock or other use later). Cut shiitake mushrooms into roughly the same size as the Brussels sprouts quarters. For small/baby shiitakes, cut caps into halves; for larger shiitake mushrooms, cut caps like you would a pizza, into quarters.  Heat grapeseed oil in large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the Brussels sprouts, turning the quarters so one of the cut sides faces down. Allow to cook until starting to brown, about 3 minutes, then turn each Brussels sprout so the other cut side is down. Allow to cook for another 3 minutes. While the Brussels sprouts are cooking on their first side, whisk together the miso, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and minced garlic in a small bowl. Set aside. Turn the heat under the pan to medium-high. Add the shiitake mushrooms to the pan with the Brussels sprouts. Cook while stirring so the shiitake mushrooms do not stick to the pan. Once the shiitake mushrooms are browned and the Brussels sprouts are just starting to char, remove the pan from the heat. Pour in about half the miso mixture and stir to coat the Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms. Taste a Brussels sprout. Add more miso mixture if necessary. Season with salt to taste. Miso is salty so you may not need any salt. Transfer Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms to large shallow serving bowl (or serve straight from skillet). If you are using chili pepper or togarashi for heat, sprinkle over Brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms. Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for about 2 days.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Stuffing (Thanksgiving for a Small Crowd)

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Stuffing (Thanksgiving for a Small Crowd)

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Stuffing (Thanksgiving for a Small Crowd)

8 T. (1 stick) butter, divided

1 1/2 pounds sage sausage, removed from casing

1 large onion, finely chopped (about 2 C.)

4 large stalks celery, finely chopped (about 2 C.)

4 cloves garlic, minced or grated on microplane, divided

1/4 C. minced fresh sage leaves (or 2 tsp. dried sage leaves)

32 ounces (4 C.) low-sodium chicken or turkey broth, preferably homemade

3 whole eggs

2 1/2 pounds (about 2 loaves) high quality sandwich bread or soft Italian or French bread, stale or dried in the oven

1/2 C. minced fresh parsley leaves

2 T. minced fresh oregano leaves

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 whole bone-in, skin-on turkey breast (about 4 to 5 pounds), patted dry

 

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. In large Dutch oven, melt 5 T. butter over medium high heat until foaming subsides (don’t allow butter to brown), about 2 minutes. Add sausage and mash with stiff whisk or potato masher to break up into fine pieces (largest pieces should be no greater than 1/4-inch). Cook, stirring frequently until only a few bits of pink remain, about 8 minutes. Add onions, celery, garlic, and sage and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add half of chicken stock. Whisk remaining chicken stock, eggs, and 3 T. parsley in medium bowl until homogeneous. Stirring constantly with wooden spoon, slowly pour egg mixture into sausage mixture. Add bread cubes and fold gently until evenly mixed. Using poultry shears, cut off and remove any back portion that may be attached to the turkey (there may not be any). Fill cavity under turkey breast and under flap of fat around neck with stuffing. Transfer remaining stuffing to a buttered 9- by 13-inch casserole dish and place turkey on top. Using your hands, carefully separate the turkey skin from the meat by inserting at the bottom of the breast, being careful not to tear it. In a small bowl, combine remaining butter with remaining parsley and oregano. Add 1 T. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Stir with a fork until homogenous. Rub mixture evenly over and under turkey skin. Transfer to oven and roast until stuffing starts to brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer turkey to a wire rack set in a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, and return turkey to oven. Continue roasting until turkey is golden brown and crisp, and thickest part near bone registers 145 to 150°F on an instant read thermometer, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, transfer to a plate, and let rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, pour exuded juices back over stuffing. Return stuffing to oven and cook until it’s golden brown and registers 160°F on an instant read thermometer, about 15 minutes. Carve turkey, spread over stuffing, and serve.

Wine and Thyme Mushrooms

Wine and Thyme Mushrooms

Wine and Thyme Mushrooms

 

2 containers Button Mushrooms

1 T. minced Garlic

4 sprigs Fresh Thyme

Couple splashes White Wine

1 T. Olive oil

1 T. Butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large flat non stick pan. Arrange the mushrooms in the pan, cap side down. Cook on medium-high till the mushrooms caps are golden, about 5 minutes. Don’t move the mushrooms around; if you do they won’t caramelize. When the mushroom caps are golden add the garlic and thyme. Toss and let it cook 30 seconds. Then add the wine and cook on high till the wine evaporates. Turn off heat and add salt and pepper.

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Vegetable cooking spray
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Garnishes: powdered sugar, chocolate-coated pecan halves

Coat bottom and sides of a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray, and line with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; set aside. Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until well combined. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients. Gradually add to egg mixture, beating well. Combine pumpkin, pecans, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and gradually add to mixture, beating well. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Sift 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a 15- x 10-inch rectangle on a clean, dry dish towel. Run a knife around edges of pan to loosen cake, and turn cake out onto prepared towel. Peel wax paper off cake. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together; place, seam side down, on a wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

pumpkin-pie-pop-tarts-edit-srgb2 cups + 2 T. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
4 – 5 T. ice water

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup (2 oz) cream cheese, softened slightly (just don’t melt)
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. packed light-brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. of nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 pinch salt
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. half and half, plus more as needed
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

For the crust: In a food processor pulse together flour, salt and granulated sugar. Add butter and pulse mixture until resembles coarse meal (it won’t really come together in pieces much at this point, so don’t over-process, just pulse until butter is no longer in large pieces). Add 4 T. water and pulse several times, if it doesn’t come together in clumps add remaining 1 T. water. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch disk. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Meanwhile prepare filling.

For the pumpkin pie filling: To a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Using a rubber spatula, stir mixture to blend, while running spatula against bowl to smooth any lumps. Lay pumpkin puree on several layers of paper towels. Wrap and press to soak some of the excess moisture from pumpkin, until you have 3/4 cup pumpkin puree. Add reduced pumpkin puree to cream cheese mixture along with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt and stir. Mix in egg yolk and vanilla extract. Cover bowl and chill until ready to assemble pop tarts.

To assemble pop tarts: Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. Working with 1 chilled disk of dough at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 13 by 11-inch rectangle (when edges start to crack a little when rolling, seal them and continue rolling), then trim edges to get a 12 by 10-inch rectangle (to even the edges). Then cut into eight 5 by 3-inch rectangles (cut in half through the longness then three cuts through the opposite). Arrange 4 of the rectangles, spaced evenly apart on prepared baking sheet. Spread a slightly heaping 1 1/2 T. of pumpkin pie filling evenly down the center of each rectangle, leaving about a 3/4-inch rim on all sides uncoated. Dampen fingertips with water and run along uncoated edges of pop tarts. Top each with another rectangle, then seal edges with your fingertips, then reseal with a fork (I didn’t seal with the fork, I just did a double seal with my fingertips because I wanted them to look more like the real thing). Poke the top center of each tart 3 times with a fork. Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week. Repeat process with remaining disk of dough. After chilling, position one oven rack near top third of the oven and a second oven rack near bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks once halfway through baking, about 25 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

For the icing: In a mixing bowl whisk together all icing ingredients well then add more half and half about 1/2 tsp. at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, leaving a small rim uncoated around all sides. Sprinkle tops with sprinkles if desired and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing

Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing

ei1b06_turkey_sausage1 loaf day-old rustic Italian bread (about 1 pound), trimmed of crust and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
1 pound fresh chestnuts
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup homeade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
2 T. chopped fresh sage
2 T. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp. coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Unsalted butter, for baking dish

Let bread cubes stand on a baking sheet at room temperature 3 hours to dry. Lay each chestnut flat on a work surface, and cut an X in the pointed tip of shell with a paring or chestnut knife. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Boil chestnuts 2 minutes; remove pot from heat. Remove chestnuts with a slotted spoon; peel away shells. Quarter nutmeat; transfer to a large bowl. Add bread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Split sausages; scrape meat into a large saute pan set over medium heat; crumble with a fork. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add oil; swirl pan. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 15 to 17 minutes. Add to bread mixture. Add wine to pan. Scraping up any brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat until wine is reduced by half. Add to bread mixture. Add stock to bread mixture; toss. Add thyme, sage, and parsley. Add the salt, and season with pepper. Stir in eggs. To bake stuffing: Place stuffing in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish; cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes; remove foil. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. To cook in turkey: Stuff as directed. Place remaining 5 cups stuffing in a buttered 8-inch square baking dish; bake as directed above.

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter

pumpkin-butter2 ½ cups mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
¼ cup water

In heavy saucepan, mix pumpkin, sugar, water and spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 1½ pints. Note: mixture stiffens as it cools. If it is too thick, add small amount of water or fruit juice.

Braised Turnips, Chestnuts, and Apples

Braised Turnips, Chestnuts, and Apples

Braised Turnips, Chestnuts, and Apples

 

3 medium turnips, cut into wedges

3 large apples, cored and cut into wedges

2 red onions, julienned

4 garlic cloves, minced

Extra virgin olive oil

12 ounces roasted or cooked chestnuts

6 thyme sprigs

1 rosemary sprig

½ C. dry white wine

1 C. chicken broth

2 tsp. tomato paste

1 T. honey

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Garnish: toasted pumpkin seeds and fried sage leaves

 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, lightly coated with evoo over medium heat. Brown turnips, apples, and red onions in batches, for 5 to 7 minutes, until caramelized and deep brown. Add garlic to the last batch, and continue cooking until soft and fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add all vegetables back to the pan, plus chestnuts, thyme, rosemary, white wine, and chicken broth. Add tomato paste and honey; stir to coat all ingredients. Transfer vegetables to an ovenproof casserole dish with a tight fitting lid. Cover and place in a 325°F oven. Braise for 1 hour, or until the vegetables are tender and the braising liquid has been absorbed. Uncover and return pan back to the oven for 10 minutes more. Before serving, remove thyme and rosemary stems. Garnish with Fried Sage Leaves and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Traditional Roast Turkey Bread Stuffing

Traditional Roast Turkey Bread Stuffing

8 cups dried bread cubes

2 tablespoons margarine

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 teaspoon sage

1/4 teaspoon salt, (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken broth

2 egg whites

 

Melt margarine in large skillet. Add onion and celery; cook until tender. Add to bread cubes. Add sage, salt and pepper. Moisten with broth as desired, depending on preference for dry or moist dressing. Beat egg whites lightly with a fork; stir into dressing. Use as stuffing for turkey, or bake, covered in a 1 quart casserole for 30 minutes.

 

 

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A Collection of Cranberry Sauces

A Collection of Cranberry Sauces

Cranberry Citrus Sauce

 

1 (12-oz.) bag fresh or frozen cranberries

Juice and zest (finely grated peel) of 1 lemon

Juice and zest (finely grated peel) of 1 orange

1 1/4 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. walnuts, coarsely chopped

In a saucepan combine cranberries, lemon, orange, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes. Stir often, but beware of popping cranberries. Remove from heat and add walnuts. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can make the sauce ahead of time, as it will keep 3-4 days.

 

 

Cranberry Relish

 

2 small to medium red apples

1 large or 2 small oranges

3 C. firm fresh cranberries

1-1/2 C. sugar

1/8 tsp. Salt

1/2 C. pecans, optional

 

Wash fruit. Quarter apples and cut into chunks. Cut oranges, with rinds intact, into chunks. Remove seeds. With steel blade inserted in processor bowl, chop cranberries in two batches. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Process apples and oranges, a few chunks at a time, until finely chopped, but not pureed. Empty each batch into bowl with cranberries. Add sugar and salt. Stir to blend. Place in covered container and refrigerate. Keep relish pressed below juices. A lovely red color develops as relish stands a few days. Will keep up to one month. At serving time, sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.

 

 

Cranberry Relish in Orange Cups

6 Oranges

1 cup Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed

1 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup Water

2 T. crystallized Ginger, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. ground Ginger

Dash of ground Cloves

4 cups Cranberries

 

Cut the oranges in half and remove pulp. Cover and store orange shells in the refrigerator; they will keep well for 2 days. To loosen the pulp from the shell, cut around the inside of each orange half with the knife. Using a small spoon, carefully remove the pulp and discard (or reserve as recommended), leaving the orange shell intact. In a large saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, orange juice, water, crystallized ginger, ground ginger, and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the cranberries and return the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat again to medium-high, and boil for 3 to 5 minutes or until skins pop, stirring occasionally. Transfer the relish to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. You may store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Spoon the cranberry relish into the orange shells to serve.

 

 

Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce

 

1 lb. Fresh Cranberries

1 C. Water

1 C. Sugar

 

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, then turn to medium heat. Continue cooking until all the berries pop. Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate until cold, or serve warm.

 

 

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Instant Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Breast & Gravy

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Breast & Gravy

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Breast & Gravy

 

For a small-scale Thanksgiving dinner (or an easy turkey dinner anytime), cook a split turkey breast in the Instant Pot. It’s easier and faster than roasting a whole bird in the oven and making gravy on the stove top. This method works with turkey wings, thighs, or drumsticks. Just increase the cooking time by 5 minutes for dark meat, and don’t overload the pot (no more than 4 pounds).

 

1 bone-in, skin-on split turkey breast, 2V2 to 3V2 pounds

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1   tablespoon avocado oil or other neutral oil with high smoke point

2  yellow onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic

1   teaspoon poultry seasoning

2  cups low-sodium chicken broth (this page) or turkey broth

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

 

Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels, then season on both sides with the salt, pepper, and paprika. Put the Instant Pot trivet on a plate. Select the Sauté, setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Place the turkey breast, skin side down, in the pot and sear for 5 minutes, until well browned. Using the tongs, transfer the turkey breast, skin side up, to the trivet. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions have softened. Add the poultry’ seasoning and broth and stir, nudging any browned bits from the pot bottom. Wearing heat-resistant mitts, lower the trivet with the turkey breast into the Instant Pot, resting it on top of the onions. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Poultry setting and set the cooking time for 25 minutes at high pressure. Perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting. Open the pot and insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the breast away from the bone. The thermometer should register at leasti6o°F (if lower than 16o°F, cook the turkey on the Manual setting for a few more minutes) .Wearing the heat-resistant mitts, lift the trivet with the turkey breast out of the pot. Transfer the turkey breast to a carving board and tent it with aluminum foil. Sprinkle the flour into the pot, then use an immersion blender to blend the onion mixture until smooth. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, select the Sauté setting, and simmer the gravy for 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Press the Cancel button, and season with salt and pepper if needed. Carve the turkey, arrange on a platter, and serve with the gravy.

Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Onion and Shallot Gravy

Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Onion and Shallot Gravy

Turkey

22 lb. Whole Turkey

2 C. low-sodium chicken broth

1 tsp.  chopped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp.  dried sage

2 C. low-sodium chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Apricot Glaze

1 C. apricot nectar

1 C. apricot preserves

2 T. minced fresh ginger root

1 T. honey

 

Herb Butter

3/4 unsalted butter, softened

3 T. chopped fresh sage

11/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Onion Mixture

2 T. unsalted butter

3 onions, thinly sliced

6 oz. thinly sliced shallots

 

Combine apricot nectar, preserves, ginger, and honey in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened and reduced to 1-1/4 C. s, about 15 minutes.  Blend 3/4 C. unsalted butter at room temperature, 3 T. chopped fresh sage, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Set aside. Melt 2 T. unsalted butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions and shallots; sauté until very soft and light brown, about 20 minutes. Position rack in lowest third of oven. Preheat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Season turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Slide hand under skin of turkey breast to loosen skin. Spread half of herb butter over breast under skin. Rub remaining herb butter over outside of turkey. Tie legs together loosely to hold shape of turkey. Roast turkey for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), and continue roasting 1 hour 30 minutes, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Tent turkey with aluminum foil; roast 45 minutes longer. Add onion mixture, 1 C.  broth, thyme, and 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh sage to the roasting pan. Roast 15 more minutes before brushing 1/2 C. apricot glaze over turkey. Continue to roast turkey uncovered, brushing occasionally with glaze. Add more broth to the pan if necessary. Bake 40 minutes longer for unstuffed turkey, and 1 hour 10 minutes longer for stuffed turkey, or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Place turkey on a platter, and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes. Reserve mixture in pan for gravy. Pour contents of roasting pan into a strainer set over a large bowl. Skim fat from pan juices using a large spoon. Transfer the onion mixture to a blender. Add 1 C.  pan juices, and puree until smooth, adding more pan juices and chicken broth if necessary to thin sauce to desired consistency. Transfer sauce to a large saucepan, and bring to a boil.  Cook until color deepens, skimming off any foam, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash

1 butternut squash, halved lengthwise, peeled, and seeded

2 T. olive oil

½ C. butter

8-10 sage leaves

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp. ground sage

¼ C. parmesan cheese, shredded or shaved

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and black pepper

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

Place squash halves cut-side down onto baking sheet. Drizzle both halves with olive oil, then dried sage, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper. Brush or rub oil and seasonings to both sides of squash. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until squash has softened enough to cut. Remove from oven and, with a sharp knife, cut thin horizontal slices down the length of the squash, about ¼ inch apart, stopping ¼ inch from base of squash. Melt ½ C. butter in a pan on medium heat. Stir frequently, 2-3 minutes, until butter begins to brown and leave brown bits in the pan. Remove from heat and stir in minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and 4-5 sage leaves. Pour melted butter mixture over top of squash. Intersperse remaining sage leaves into squash sections. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle over parmesan cheese and finish baking for 5 more minutes or until melted.

 

Fall Cheese Platter

Fall Cheese Platter

 

2 medium apples, chopped (2 cups)

2 cups cranberries

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)

1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped gingerroot

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

 

16 slices (1 oz each) assorted cheeses, such as Cheddar, Colby-Monterey Jack, Monterey Jack with jalapeño peppers and Swiss

1/4 cup hazelnuts, (filberts)

Crackers

 

In 2-quart saucepan, mix all chutney ingredients. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and fruit is tender. Spoon into nonaluminum container. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  Cut cheese with 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Place cheese on medium platter, overlapping leaves. Sprinkle hazelnuts on platter to look like acorns. Serve with chutney and crackers.

 

Spiced Orange Cranberry Relish

Spiced Orange Cranberry Relish

3/4 cup water
11/2 cups sugar
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 T. grated fresh orange zest

Combine the water, sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the syrup is clear, about 3 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the cranberries begin to pop. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated orange zest. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, tightly covered, for at least 3 days before serving.

Makes 2 1/2 cups. Each 2-T. serving contains approximately 66 calories.

Chestnut Mushroom Stuffing

Chestnut Mushroom Stuffing

1-2600x400_mushroom-stuffing1378827168 lb. chestnuts, the more the better, boiled and peeled
1 lb. white mushrooms (do not used canned) sliced
6 stalks of celery sliced
2-3 onions sliced finely
2 cloves of garlic chopped very fine or preferably run through a press
Bag of bread croutons or make you own
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried sage
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
Vegetable oil
The method

First wash the chestnuts and add to boiling water. Boil for about 15-20 minutes, take one out to test after 15 minutes. After boiling, allow to cool until you can handle the chestnuts. While their cooling, heat up a heavy pan with about 3 T. oil and place the onions, garlic, mushrooms, celery and spices in the pan. Cook gently while you peel the chestnuts-do not fry, you want soft ingredients. When the vegetable are cooked well, crumble the chestnuts into the pan. Sauté for a few minutes, making sure not to burn the stuffing. Finally, add the croutons and continue sautéing briefly, then add about one cup of boiling water. Mix and check if you need more water then taste and add more spice if necessary. The stuffing will be more dry now so again, be careful not to burn it. Now stuff your turkey with your chestnut mushroom stuffing or serve as is as a delicious side dish with your Thanksgiving dinner. The stuffing refrigerates well so if you actually have some left-which is very unlikely since it’s so good, keep it in the fridge for up to a few days and microwave or heat in the oven as needed.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 lg. can Pumpkin Pie Filling (1 lb. 13oz)
1 C. Sugar
3 slightly beaten Eggs
1 13oz. can Evaporated Milk
3 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
½ tsp. Cloves
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
Yellow Cake Mix
1 ½ sticks Butter
¾ – 1 C. chopped Pecans or Walnuts

Mix Pie filling, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, and spices and pour into greased 9 x 13” pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Melt butter and drizzle over top of cake mix. Top with nuts and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Serve warm or cooled with whipped cream.

Rich Turkey Gravy

Rich Turkey Gravy

1/4 – 1/3 C. sifted Flour
1/4 C. Turkey Pan Drippings
2 C. Water
2 tsp. Chicken Bouillon

Add drippings to pan and heat over medium heat. Add flour; cook and stir until dark brown. Stir in water and bouillon; cook and stir until thickened and bouillon is dissolved. If desired, stir in parsley.

Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin

Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin

1 butternut squash (2 1/2 lb)
1/4 C. butter
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 C. panko bread crumbs
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Peel, halve lengthwise and seed squash; cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange with slices overlapping slightly in bottom of baking dish. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft and butter is infused with garlic flavor. Do not let butter brown. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, cheese and 1 T. the butter-garlic mixture. Brush squash slices with remaining butter-garlic mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork. Increase oven temperature to 425°F; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Before serving, sprinkle parsley over top.

Baked Mashed Butternut Squash

Baked Mashed Butternut Squash

2 C. cooked, mashed butternut squash or pumpkin
3 T. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1/3 C. milk, fresh, canned or powdered
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 11/2-quart casserole dish. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 75 minutes or until set. Serves 6 to 8.

Cranberry, Orange & Hazelnut Conserve

Cranberry, Orange & Hazelnut Conserve

1 quart unfiltered cranberry juice
1/4 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
1 orange, peel cut in large strips
1 T. grated ginger
2 bay leaves
1 cup toasted hazelnuts
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 pound fresh cranberries

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberry juice, apple cider, sugar, orange peel, ginger, and bay leaves. Simmer until the mixture is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Add the nuts, vinegar, and cranberries. Continue to cook until the cranberries burst, about 15 minutes.