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    Holiday recipes

    Since it's fixing to be Thanksgiving how about a thread of recipes?

    I'm Hoping Chuck will post his butternut squash recipe.

    Here's a favorite we've been using for quite a few years
    Sweet potatoe casserole with brown sugar pecan topping.
    Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe - Allrecipes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosaj View Post
    Here's a favorite we've been using for quite a few years
    Sweet potatoe casserole with brown sugar pecan topping.
    Are you really going to eat that? It sounds revolting

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    When I have to spend holidays with the in-laws, my favorite recipe has only 2 ingredients: bourbon and ice.
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    Sounds pretty darn close to pumpkin pie. Lots of folks put little marshmallows on their baked sweet potatoes. I prefer my sweet potatoes more savory, so lots of butter and maybe some garlic.

    My thanksgiving foods? I make stuffing. If it isn't in a bird, it is dressing. I prefer in the bird, but since we live in the home, we might cook a turkey breast instead of a whole damned bird, so no place for stuffing. I make sausage stuffing. I used to watch mom dry out half a loaf of bread in a slow oven, then cut the slices up into cubes, but really, a bag of dried bread cubes is cheap in the store. I basically follow the bag directions. I saute diced onions, I don;t use celery, but diced celery here is fine, I dice a couple hot peppers. I also add into the saute pan a half pound or so of sausage, like Bob Evans or whatever.

    My giant mixing bowl: dump in the bread cubes, dump in the saute pan veggies and sausage, and a couple cups of chicken or turkey stock. Broth works fine instead of stock, if that is what you have. Mix them all up to get the bread all dampened. If you like drier stuffing, use less broth. I like mine all stick together in a lump. 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. SImple and tasty. I hate walnuts and don;t care for hot fruit, but many people like to add apples or nuts to theirs.

    I haven't done it for a while, but I used to make volcano potatoes. Turkey absolutely MUST have mashed potatoes along side. I make a batch of them, then pile them up in a 9x9 oven dish in the shape of a volcano. In the crater up top, I put some shredded cheese, and some down the sides. I also dust the cheese areas with paprika. Pop into the oven long enough to melt the cheese. The cheese yellow and red paprika make "lava" on the mountain. Then when I serve it, I stick a few dry bread cubes from stuffing mix into the skirt of the mountain, and a couple sprigs of parsley into the "soil". Those make a little endangered village. Hey, the kid loved it.

    I like to have creamed vegetables - vegetables in cream sauce (bechamel). I grew up on succotash, which is lima beans and corn mixed, and it likes having a nice white sauce mixed in. But peas are also great that way. I turned my wife on to peas in cream sauce, and now she thinks it is a treat. If you make succotash, be aware the limas take a lot longer than corn to cook.

    I am happy to try new things, but not generally at Thanksgiving. I don't want to eat into a turkey and find creme-de-menthe, or prunes, or salmon. I roast my turkey and baste it a ton with butter and broth. No fennel, no goat cheese, no olives. I dress my bird into a roasting pan, and into a hot oven at 450 degrees. After 15 minutes, I turn the oven back down to 350 and roast until done. I tent the bird with foil about half way through. The searing helps keep in moisture. What is real important is to let the bird rest before you carve it. The meat reabsorbs the juices. If you instantly carve, your meat will be dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    I like to have creamed vegetables - vegetables in cream sauce (bechamel).
    We always used to have (frozen) creamed pearl onions on TG. Once a year was enough.

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    My grandmother used to make creamed pearl onions, but mostly we found them mixed in with peas - with or without cream sauce.


    rjb, you are a MArylander, so you know potatoes. here in the midwest, potatoes are baked, mashed, fried, or hash browns. But back in MD, there are a zillion ways to have potatoes. One way was in cream sauce. We had that often enough.
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