Posted by starwoodgal on November 24, 2008
So, my son-in-law’s football team made it to the Missouri State Finals, which will be played in St. Louis the day after Thanksgiving. His parents had originally planned to make a trip to Texas to see their extended family, but with the win – they are staying home. And, I’ve invited them to join us for Thanksgiving. My guest list now totals 15 people. That’s okay! I’ll just grab a couple of extra turkey legs to roast and we’ll be fine.
So, what are you planning on making for Thanksgiving? How many people are you expecting at the gathering you are hosting or attending? (my kids are already drooling and anticipating the dressing and gravy). Here’s what I’m planning on making:
Traditional Roasted Turkey – but I’m going to try this first- via Pioneer Woman’s Recipe.
Easy Cornbread Dressing
Mimi’s Easy Giblet Gravy
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Fresh Apple Cake
Dinner Rolls – I’m cheating and using some frozen rolls that are pretty good. I just don’t have time to make them from scratch – this time.
And, to add to the holiday cheer factor. I just have to share this photo of my friend’s baby. Thank goodness for leaves!
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Posted by starwoodgal on November 21, 2008
I was freaking out because I started looking and searching through Mom’s trusty family cookbook, but I could not find her recipe for Giblet Gravy. You can’t have turkey and dressing without gravy. Why that would be un-American! I totally started sounding like Rain Main repeating “giblet, giblet, giblet” while looking through “The Book”. So – I wrote to her and do you know what? She never put that recipe in “The Book”. Shameless, I tell ya! Anyway, she typed it up for us and here it is and now we have a gravy recipe to go along with Mimi’s dressing recipe. Take it away Mimi!
GIBLET GRAVY for CORNBREAD DRESSING
Place the giblets and the neck from a turkey in about 2 quarts of water in a large saucepan. Add a stalk of celery and two chicken bouillon cubes to the water. Add 1 ½ tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, ½ tsp. celery salt and ½ tsp. onion powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce to simmer and cook until meat is very tender. Remove the liver after about thirty minutes of cooking and set aside. Continue cooking remaining ingredients until meat on the neck of the turkey is falling apart. More water can be added as needed.
Remove from heat and place giblets in a bowl to cool. Reserve the broth for gravy base. Chop half of heart, half of gizzard, and half of the liver as well as about half of the meat from the neck and add to the reserved broth. Use the other half of the chopped giblets and the celery in your dressing. Place three serving spoons of raw dressing in the broth and giblet mixture.
Boil two or three eggs, cool, peel and set aside.
Return the broth mixture in the saucepan to medium heat on the stovetop and when almost to a boil, turn heat to low. Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch in a small amount of cool water and gradually stir into the broth mixture to thicken. Cook at least 10 minutes after adding cornstarch. A small amount of Kitchen Bouquet browning and seasoning sauce can be added to give flavor and a little brown color to the gravy. Taste gravy and add additional seasonings if desired.
Just before serving, slice the eggs crosswise into thin slices and add to the gravy. Serve with roast turkey and cornbread dressing.
(See. She types in such detail because “I’m a dork cook in the kitchen” and she knows it.)
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Posted by starwoodgal on October 29, 2008
So, admittedly – I’m a dork cook! I’ve learned to cook because I had to and I can follow directions. Thank goodness for my mother and her patience and the fact that she typed up all her recipes way back in 1991 and put them in a binder for me. The truth is, her recipes are basic, easy, and delicious so even a dork cook, like me, can whip out a Thanksgiving Dinner that will taste like Mom made it.
With that in mind, I’m going to share my mother’s recipe for Homemade Cornbread Dressing. Don’t be afraid because it is really, really easy to make. Here we go!
Mimi’s Cornbread Dressing
1 Pan of cornbread
4 slices stale bread, toasted
1 package Pepperidge Farm Herb seasoned stuffing (8 oz.)
1 diced onion
1 cup diced celery
4 tablespoons butter of margarine
3 eggs, slightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
cooked, chopped, turkey giblets
4 cups giblet broth
Saute onion and celery in butter. Cook the turkey giblets in water with 1 rib of celery and salt, pepper, etc. for several hours or until tender. Remove celery stalk from broth. Remove giblets from broth and reserve broth. Chop cooled giblets. Crumble breads and stuffing mix, add sauted vegetables, eggs, chopped giblets and broth. If not wet enough add a little water. Place in a large flat baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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