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Thanksgiving Menu Options

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Ingredients

1 whole bone-in turkey breast, 6 1/2 to 7 pounds
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup dry white wine

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the turkey breast, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic, mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to make a paste. Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers and smear half of the paste directly on the meat. Spread the remaining paste evenly on the skin. Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Roast the turkey for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast. (I test in several places.) If the skin is over-browning, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil. When the turkey is done, cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with the pan juices spooned over the turkey.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 6 servings
    Total: 2 hr 40 min
    Prep: 25 min
    Inactive: 15 min
    Cook: 2 hr


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 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.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 4 servings
    Total: 45 min
    Prep: 15 min

Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

3 medium carrots (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick circles
1 1/2 cups Brussels sprouts (about 1/2 pound), halved
4 cups red bliss potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
3 medium parsnips (about1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
1 cup sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, red bliss potatoes, parsnips and sweet potatoes. Toss well with olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Spread the vegetables evenly on a large baking sheet. Place on medium rack in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 6 servings
    Total: 1 hr
    Prep: 20 min
    Cook: 40 min

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing the baking dish
8 ounces silken tofu
2 tablespoons blanched, sliced almonds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more leaves for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 pounds large yellow new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch rounds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened refrigerated almond milk (not shelf stable)

Directions

  • Position an oven rack in the middle and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the sides and bottom of a 2-quart baking dish with oil.
  • Combine the tofu, 2 tablespoons oil, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a food processor and pulse until completely smooth.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and deeply golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and thyme. Transfer the onion-herb mixture to a small bowl. (There’s no need to wipe out the skillet; there’s a lot of flavor in there.)
  • Combine the potatoes, almond milk, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt in the skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, gently tossing the potatoes from the bottom to the top with a rubber spatula frequently, until the liquid has reduced and thickened and the potatoes are just slightly tender, 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Transfer half of the potatoes and cooking liquid to the oiled baking dish and arrange in an even layer. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and few grinds of pepper. Drizzle with half of the tofu mixture and sprinkle with about a third of the onion-herb mixture. Top with the remaining potatoes and cooking liquid and season with another 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Drizzle with the remaining tofu mixture and sprinkle with the remaining onion-herb mixture.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake until just bubbly, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until very bubbly and lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with parsley leaves and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 6 to 8 serving
    Total: 1 hr 40 min
    Prep: 15 min
    Inactive: 10 min
    Cook: 1 hr 15 min

Next-Day Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Polpetti

Ingredients

8 cups chicken broth
1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
1 carrot, halved lengthwise, plus 1 carrot, minced
1 whole stalk celery, plus 1 stalk, minced
1 onion, halved, plus 1 onion, minced
2 bay leaves
3 cups dark turkey meat
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups leftover cooked Thanksgiving side vegetables (Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
Mashed Potato Polpetti (Patties), for serving, recipe following

Mashed Potato Polpetti (Patties):

3 cups mashed potatoes
Grey salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
All-purpose flour, for dredging
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Leftover gravy, for serving

Directions

  • Put the chicken broth, turkey, carrot halves, celery stalk, onion halves and 1 bay leaf in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil and then simmer, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Dice the turkey meat. Make sure the meat pieces are no larger than the size of a soupspoon. (If preparing the soup the next day, be sure to store leftover turkey meat in an airtight container before placing it in the refrigerator. Top with 1 or 2 ladles full of broth to keep the meat moist.)
  • Before straining the broth, remove the large bones and carcass with tongs. Strain the broth through a sieve covered with wet cheesecloth. Discard the solids. Transfer the broth to a bowl set in a bath of ice water, which will cool the broth quickly and help keep it fresher longer. This can be done the night before and stored in the refrigerator until the next day.
  • In a large soup pot, heat the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Allow to brown slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the minced carrots, celery and onions. Sweat over medium-low heat until softened, 7 or 8 minutes.
  • Dice the leftover Thanksgiving vegetables. Add the sage to the soup pot along with the turkey broth and the remaining bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. When simmering, add the Brussels sprouts, green beans and diced turkey meat to the soup. Bring it back up to a simmer. Finally, add the sweet potatoes to the center and gently push them down. Turn the heat off and cover. Allow to sit and steam, 5 to 7 minutes. Let simmer for 5 more minutes and serve with the Mashed Potato Polpetti.
  • Re-season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese. Take a mayonnaise or peanut butter lid and line with plastic wrap to use as a mold. Pack the potato mixture into the lid, unwrap it and place the patty on a baking sheet. You may refrigerate them covered with plastic wrap until the next day, or fry immediately.
  • To cook, dredge the patties in flour. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Just before frying, dredge the patties again with flour.
  • Add the patties to the oil without crowding them (you may have to cook them in batches). Cook until the underside is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Serve hot with leftover gravy. Makes 6 servings.
  • From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 6 to 8 servings
    Total: 2 hr 30 min
    Prep: 30 min
    Cook: 2 hr

Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
6 medium shallots, sliced into rings (about 1 cup)
1 1/2 pounds thin fresh string beans or haricots verts, trimmed
1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
6 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 cups low-fat (1 percent) milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Olive oil cooking spray

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add 1/4 cup shallots and cook, stirring, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining shallots, cooking 1/4 cup at a time. Reserve the oil in the skillet.
  • Place the green beans in a steamer basket fitted over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam until bright green and still crisp, about 3 minutes. Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved shallot oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushroom liquid is evaporated and they begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a bowl. Whisk together the milk and flour until the flour is dissolved. Add the mixture to the skillet and, whisking constantly, bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low, whisking occasionally, until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the green beans, mushroom mixture, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, the parsley, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon the green bean mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle the top with the crispy shallots and the remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake until golden on top and bubbling, about 20 minutes.

    Level: Easy
    Yield: 8 servings
    Total: 1 hr 25 min
    Prep: 30 min
    Cook: 55 min

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce Spiked With Ginger

Ingredients

12 oz. bag of cranberries rinsed (about 3 cups)
1 cup of cold water
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cinnamon stick
The zest of 1 orange 1 tsp.
2 tsp. of grated ginger

Instructions

  • Combine water, cranberries, honey, cinnamon stick, orange zest, and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 12-15 minutes or until all the cranberries have exploded and you have a nice thick, jelly-like, cranberry sauce.
  • Cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Makes 8 – 1/4 cup servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins

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