All posts tagged: best recipes for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: Turkey 101 or Whole Chicken

I am not a fan of Turkey and if I am not hosting an extended family dinner, I usually go with a whole chicken – applying the same recipe but on a different bird –  if you will.  Here’s a recipe I found, which is simple enough to follow for the first-time host or the expert. In case you go with the chicken recipe – no lined cheesecloth needed – you can go with the oven bag to lock in the flavors. INGREDIENTS 1 (14-16) pound turkey, giblets and neck removed, patted dry 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons fresh sage, plus more for stuffing the bird 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, plus more for stuffing the bird 3 tablespoons fresh parsley zest of 1 lemon 3 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 1 piece large of double lined cheesecloth 2 lemons, halved 1 garlic head, tips sliced off 1 onion, halved 7-8 cups low sodium chicken or turkey broth WHITE WINE PAN GRAVY 1 cup white wine 4 tablespoons salted butter 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour drippings from the turkey 2-3 cups low sodium chicken or turkey broth, as needed  {more} And of course, we can all use …

vegetarian side dishes for thanksgiving

As we know, now that most people are trying to eat healthy or substituting the traditional recipes for gluten free ingredients and more, it’s becoming, in my opinion, fun to find new recipes to incorporate into the T-day menu. So, while I take into consideration most of the vegetarians in my family, I have searched and found some additional fun recipes to share from here: {Photo and recipe credit click here}

thanksgiving recipe: french onion green bean casserole

I love green beans and since it’s on the healthy eating list, I try to at least make a dish once a week with green beans. But, I have always been too intimidated to make a green bean casserole dish for Thanksgiving, so I simply stir fry the beans and put them on the table to eat with a touch of butter. (Boring) This is I am utterly and completely determined to include a green bean casserole into my menu, so I searched high and low, online of course and found the perfect one to make: Here is the recipe for your viewing pleasure and click here  for the video on how to make the casserole. It looks simple and down right delicious. For the onions: 2 tablespoons butter 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar For the white sauce: 2 tablespoons butter 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups milk 1 pinch ground nutmeg cayenne pepper to taste(optional) 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme For the topping: 2 tablespoons melted butter 2/3 cup panko bread …