Thanksgiving recap

new thermometer

new thermometer

1. The Turducken: for those of you who aren’t aware of this magnificent Cajun invention, it is a boneless chicken inside boneless duck inside boneless turkey. When I had called to place the order, we had our choices of stuffing and I went with cajun sausage. Into the oven at 375 degrees until the internal meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.  I actually didn’t own a meat thermometer beforehand and had to go out and purchase this one

prepping for the oven

basting the turkey

turducken

2. Tyler Florence Roasted sweet potatoes : Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender. Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil.

raw sweet potatoes

drizzled w honey, olive oil and cinnamon

sweet potatoes!

3. Paula Deen’s Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, for 5 minutes. Stir together spinach, mushrooms and cheese; set aside. Roll 1 pastry sheet into a 13 by 11-inch rectangle. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush 1/2 melted butter over pastry. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture over butter. Roll-up, jellyroll fashion, starting with the long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry sheet, butter, and spinach mixture. (Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days, if desired.) Cut rolls into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

thawed spinach

browned mushroom

layering on the pastry puff sheet

jelly roll

yummy

spinach gruyere puff pastry

4. Emeril’s cranberry sauce: In a small saucepan combine cranberries, orange juice and zest, port, sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmering and cook until cranberries are tender, stirring occasionally. In a small cup make a slurry with cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Whisk cornstarch mixture into cranberry sauce and cook, whisking, until sauce thickens. Taste and add more sugar, if necessary.

making the sauce

cranberry sauce

5. Paula Deen’s corn casserole:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

corn

corn casserole mix

corn casserole! by far my favorite of the entire meal

6. Goode Company’s Brazo’s Bottom Pecan Pie:

piece of pecan pie!