Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Brined Turkey- Extremely Moist

A few years ago I made a turkey and used the technique of brining. It is very easy and absolutely delicious.

First make a brine (example below):

1 gallon water
1/2 ounce ground cloves
1/2 ounce ground ginger
4 ounces cracked black peppercorns
12 bay leaves
1 pound kosher salt

You can add your favorite spices.

Add all to a stockpot and bring to a boil. Let cool to room temperature. Once cool add rinsed and cleaned turkey making sure the turkey is fully immersed. You may need to add a weight of some sort to the top to keep the turkey down. Marinate for at least 4 hours (I did it over night).

Once finished marinating take turkey out of brine and place in your roasting pan. Cook as directed on package. Enjoy!


(Brine recipe inspired by the Food Network)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Easy Apple Dip

This recipe is an easy crowd pleaser to take to the Care Group or office Christmas party if you get assigned a sweet. Plus, having sliced apples makes it feel like not such a no-no with all the other holiday sweets!

8 0z bar of cream cheese (I use light)
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c light brown sugar
1 T vanilla
1/2 bag toffee chips

Mix all together and serve with tart (green seem the best) apples.

Note: This makes a lot of dip, so if you are going to a smaller party, or are serving it to your family as a treat, I would definitely only make 1/2. It refridgerates, but tastes better fresh when the toffee chips are still crunchy.

Corn Casserole

1 can corn (drained)
1 can creamed corn
1 cup sour cream
1 stick of butter ( I only use a couple of tablespoons )
1 box of Jiffy Mix

Combine all ingredients above, pout into greased dish then bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

VERY YUMMY! It's a Paula Deen recipe, hence the stick of butter!

Pumpkin Crunch

This is a huge favorite in my family! Enjoy!

1 package Moist Deluxe Yellow Cake Mix
1 can (16oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter, melted
whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9x13x2 inch pan
Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice andsalt in large bowl. Pour into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenlyover pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted butter.Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden. Cool completely

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

I got this recipe from All Recipes. My family loves it! (even my 14 month old!) I usully half it and make it for 2 fillets. If your going to do more than that, I would do the entire recipe. I like a lot of cheese! Enjoy!

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Streusel-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Streusel-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

I got this recipe from a friend about 9 years ago. I made it many times since. It's a great alternative to Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole.

6 medium-size sweet potatoes (about 3 lbs.)
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tbls. all-purpose flour
2 tbls. butter or margarine, softened

1. Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water to cover 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Let cool to touch; peel and mash potatoes.
2. Combine mashed sweet potatos, sugar, and next six ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
3. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 2-quart casserole.
4. Combine brown sugar and remaining ingredients; sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Yields 8 to 10 servings.