Some people just want to cook turkey breast instead of an entire turkey. Juicy bacon does double duty in this Thanksgiving showstopper by keeping the lean turkey meat nice and moist and delivering a crispy outer layer. If you’re using store bought gravy, you might want to stir in chopped herbs like parsley or chives, or add a squeeze of lemon juice and some grated zest for a hit of fresh flavor.
This herb roasted turkey is cooked with apples and shallots, that are cooked inside the turkey, to keep the meat moist and adds a rich flavor. The extra shallots in the roasting pan also give the gravy recipe a rich, caramelized onion depth and, with apple cider, the gravy is so delicious. The easy turkey stock adds extra flavor to the gravy.
Apple is the secret ingredient to any wow-worthy stuffing. This gluten free take on the classic side dish will be an instant Thanksgiving hit.
Pumpkin Pie is the iconic Thanksgiving dessert, but how often do you make it from scratch? The easiest way to elevate the flavor of your pumpkin pie is to make the purée from a real pumpkin (sugar pumpkin). All you need is a bit of extra prep time. Begin by cutting the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Then lay the pumpkin cut side down on a baking tray line with parchment paper. Bake the pumpkin for about an hour, until it is tender and can easily be cut into. Once the pumpkin is out of the oven, let it cook for a few minutes then scoop out the flesh and blend it in a food processor until nice and smooth.
It’s time to make Gingerbread Pancakes as we head into the holidays. These pancakes are delicious and hearty. If you would like to make them dairy free, then just replace the milk with dairy free milk and the butter with oil.
Autumn is here and I love that soup season is here. This bean soup, simmered low and slow with a smoky ham hock, is definitely on the list of delicious things to serve throughout soup season. If you would like to make your soup a bit creamier, then mash some of the beans with a potato masher or fork against the inside of the pot. You can also scoop out a small portion and run it through a blender and then return back to the pot. If you don’t have navy beans on hand you may certainly other types of beans. Cannellini, baby lima, Great Northern are also good beans to swap out. If you would like to make this a vegetarian soup then replace the ham with a Parmesan cheese rind, replace chicken stock with vegetable stock, and increase the carrots and celery. You may also add additional vegetables like celery root and parsnips.
Sweet potatoes retain more nutrition when cooked with the skin. Simply scrub with a vegetable brush under cool running water before cooking. Available year-round, sweet potatoes reach peak season from late August through November. Choose those with firm, unbroken skin without excessive dents, wrinkling or sprouting. When stored in a cool, dark place like a pantry, sweet potatoes will keep for several weeks.
I like to take advantage of tasty autumn apples by making a healthy salad that consists of kale, Honeycrisp apples, hazelnuts, dried cranberries, and a light homemade dressing. Apart from their appetizing crunch, Honeycrisp apples have a clean and sweet flavor. They are a mixture of sweet and tart that creates a unique and flavorful apple. As an added bonus, Honeycrisp apples have a longer shelf life, if stored properly.
Pork belly comes from the underside of the pig, once the spareribs and loin have been removed. One of the easiest ways to prepare pork belly is to score the fat side and slow cook in the oven. Scoring allows some of the fat to render while keeping the pork tender and juicy.
Blueberry Skillet Cake is a cross between a pancake and Dutch baby and is so easy to make. Slice into wedges and serve warm with lots of maple syrup.