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Thanksgiving Day

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  • By Amanda Mastin
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Thanksgiving Day

Let's be real there is not enough time in the day, but I do want to share these fun and delicious recipes for Thanksgiving! I always love to try new recipes and I hope you find a love for these too!

As we start to see the cooler temps come in, and Thanksgiving is here I have some fun side dishes that I have either inherited from family and friends, Martha Stewart, and/or Pinterest! Now I am not a chef, I do have a home cooking background that my college roommate, my family and other friends do love! I am more of a smidge here and a pinch there kind of girl! I can skip a measuring spoon all day but I also am not the best baker so I accept my fate!

For the following holiday ideas I am including the best Bacon Wrapped Crackers, Mac & Cheese recipe, Sausage & Apple Stuffing, and Popovers from Williams Sonoma! The Crackers hale from Virginia as one of the most amazing ladies I know introduced them at a holiday party, Mac comes from a long time friend in Florida, the Stuffing happened by chance as I ran out of Sage and Bacon one year, and the popovers are just a WS Classic!

 

Bacon Wrapped Club Crackers

So when I said these hale from Virginia I meant it but I guess Mrs. Drummond inherited the Bedford Women's Cookbook and published them as her own! I am totally kidding but maybe not!

Ingredients

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. 
  2. Lay the crackers face up on a large rack over a baking sheet (or broiler pan). Scoop about 1 teaspoon of the grated Parmesan onto each cracker. Cut the package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn't fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker with one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker, but not be pulled too taut. Place the bacon-wrapped crackers onto the rack. Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 2 hours. Serve immediately or at room temperature!

 

Stuffing Recipe

 Ok so to be quite frank here is the smidge here and pinch there craziness that works for this recipe! So if you go to the grocery and buy the Blue Pepperidge Farm Stuffing and follow the directions on the back its delicious. Here is the pinch.... If you sautee a lb of Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage (it comes in a tube looking situation) and cook that and place in a bowl to the side. Then take a Honeycrisp Apple and cut up into small pieces (not diced) but kid friendly, and saute that with a 1/2 stick of butter, and a dash of cinnamon. After you saute it to where its soft, add the sausage and the stuffing (after you have completed the directions on bag) its ready for the oven! So just combine all of it and wala! Its done!

 

Ingredients & Directions

  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2.5 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Swanson® Certified Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 package (14 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Heat the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add the celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.

Add the broth to the saucepan and heat to a boil.  Remove the saucepan from the heat.  Add the stuffing and mix lightly.  Season to taste.  Spoon the stuffing mixture into a greased 9x13x2-inch baking dish.  Cover the baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the stuffing mixture is hot.

Tips

You can also use a 3-quart casserole for this recipe.

For crunchier stuffing, bake the stuffing uncovered.

For Cranberry & Pecan Stuffing, stir 1/2 cup each dried cranberries and chopped pecans into the stuffing mixture before baking.

For Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing, add 1 cup sliced mushrooms to the vegetables during cooking.  Stir 1/2 pound pork sausage, cooked and crumbled, into the stuffing mixture before baking.

 

Popover Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Unsalted butter for serving (optional)

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 450°F. Spray the wells of a standard 6-cup popover pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/2 tsp. of the melted butter into each cup.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, then whisk in 2 Tbs. of the melted butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt, then whisk in the egg mixture. Whisk vigorously until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide the batter among the prepared cups and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and bake for 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and invert the pan onto a wire rack.

Let the pan cool, then spray the wells with nonstick cooking spray, pour 1/2 tsp. of the melted butter into each one, and bake the remaining batter. Serve immediately with butter.

 

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