It’s hard to believe the Holiday season is here again! Thanksgiving is the time of year where we all come together as family and friends, and show our appreciation for one another and the little things that make life great. One of the things we are very thankful for are you, our customers – you are what keeps our business going day-to-day and we want to thank you! We want you and your loved ones to have the best Thanksgiving this year, which is why we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes below. We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. Happy Thanksgiving!
Roasted Turkey in Parchment Gravy
1 14-pound turkey, neck and heart reserved for Turkey Stock
10 cups favorite stuffing or Sausage Pear Stuffing
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Let turkey stand at room temperature 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with rack in lower third. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Fill body cavity with about 6 cups stuffing. Fill neck cavity; capacity varies, requires 11/2-4 cups stuffing. Bake any remaining stuffing separately. Secure skin flaps with toothpicks or skewers. Spread 6 tablespoons butter over top of turkey, then season generously with salt and pepper. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen twine. Tuck wings under turkey.
- Place a 40-inch sheet of parchment on a work surface and spread with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Place turkey on top, with a short side of bird facing you. Gather ends, wrapping turkey. Fold overlapping ends of parchment over turkey and secure with staples. Place a 48-inch sheet of parchment on work surface, place turkey on top, and rotate 90 degrees. Fold short parchment sides over turkey and secure with staples. Rotate bird another 90 degrees and repeat process with another 40-inch sheet of parchment. Secure all paper flaps with staples.
- Place turkey in parchment on a flat (not V-shaped) rack set inside a roasting pan. Roast turkey 2 hours, 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cut open parchment with scissors. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. While holding drumsticks, slide parchment out from under turkey and discard. Return turkey to oven. Continue to roast turkey until golden brown and a thermometer inserted in breast reads 165 degrees, about 45 minutes more. Transfer to a carving board and let rest at least 45 minutes and up to 1 hour before carving.
- Meanwhile, remove stuffing from both cavities; transfer to an 8-inch-square baking dish and bake until thermometer inserted in center of stuffing reads at least 165 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes. Using drippings in pan, make turkey gravy.
14 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided $
2 cups chopped celery $
2 cups chopped sweet onion
1 (14-oz.) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix $
2 cups cooked long-grain rice
8 large eggs, lightly beaten $
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
Vegetable cooking spray
- Bring 8 cups chicken broth to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; stir in chopped celery and onion. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes or until celery and onion are very tender. Remove from heat, and stir in 4 cups chicken broth. Cool 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir together Cornbread Crumbles and next 2 ingredients in a very large bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Stir broth mixture, eggs, and next 4 ingredients into cornbread mixture until thoroughly combined. If needed, stir in up to 2 more cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup at a time, until mixture is slightly soupy.
- Spoon mixture into 2 (13- x 9-inch) lightly greased (with cooking spray) baking dishes. Bake at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes or until done and top is light brown.
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée (can also use puréed cooked butternut squash)
1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 good crust
- Preheat your oven to 425°F.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the sugars, salt, spices, and lemon zest. Mix in the pumpkin purée. Stir in the cream. Beat together until everything is well mixed.
- Pour the filling into an uncooked pie shell. Bake at a high temperature of 425°F for 15 minutes. Then after 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 350°F. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes more, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (About half-way through the baking, you may want to put foil around the edges or use a pie protector to keep the crust from getting too browned.)
- Cool the pumpkin pie on a wire rack for 2 hours. Note that the pumpkin pie will come out of the oven all puffed up (from the leavening of the eggs), and will deflate as it cools. Serve with whipped cream.
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