All posts tagged: easy recipes to follow 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 …

Food: Party Prep – You Had Me at…Honey Roasted Acorn

I try to change it up every year, in terms of side dishes or even a starter when I am hosting a get-together for the holidays – in the U.S. meaning to clarify – Thanksgiving or a party between the holidays. So, this amazing dish with honey butter roasted acorn, burrata and pomegranate made it on my menu for Thanksgiving: INGREDIENTS 2 acorn squash, seeded and cut into wedges 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste kosher salt and pepper 2-3 balls burrata cheese extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped 1/2 cup roasted, salted hazelnuts, roughly chopped 1/2 cup pomegranate arils