Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner

I love preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Why? Because I know I will be in the kitchen all day. I turn on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, cheer on Santa Claus coming to town, chop, dice, mix and bake. Then sit down with my honey and feast away.
Ever think how much butter is in a Thanksgiving dinner?  It's best you put that thought right out of your head.

Pies...I love to make pies-from scratch. Best pie crust recipe (and easiest)
1 cup flour
1/3 cup oil
3 Tablespoons of cold water

Roll between two sheets of wax paper and voila! You're ready to the filling.  Today it's pumpkin and pecan.

Now for the stuffing. I use the old fashioned sausage stuffing. I know there are as many stuffing recipes as there are potato salad recipes, but this is our traditional family favorite.
8 cups bread chunks
1/2 cup diced onion
3/4 cup diced celery
1 roll Jimmy Dean sausage
salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of chicken boullion
Cook the sausage.

Saute the onions and celery. Add spices to bread crumbs.  Mix eggs and milk. Pour together and mix.  Stuff your turkey.

I defrost the turkey in the refrigerator. Then rinse it well under cold water. I melt butter and coat the cavity before I stuff the bird. Then I drizzle the melted butter on the outside of the bird, tent it loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 350. The last 30 minutes I remove the foil.

The sides are old family favorites, the green bean casserole.

Sweet potatoes

Scalloped corn (or corn pudding)

Mashed potatoes/gravy

Fresh fruit cup

Dinner is served. As always, w-a-a-a-a-y too much food! I need my boys here!

My son in Texas tried his hand at smoking turkey legs and  wild pig, which he shot. It looks pretty tasty!

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