Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin works great)
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Stir everything together in a large mixing bowl until completely combined (It’s best to stir by hand and not use a mixer). Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker* for a few minutes until it is a smooth, cool consistency.

If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can place the bowl in the freezer and stir mixture every half hour until it reaches desired consistency.

*Churn according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Turkey, Sausage and White Bean Soup

1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Wild Rice Stuffing for Turkey

1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
5 to 6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain brown rice
2 cups chopped celery (about 4 medium stalks)
2 cups shredded carrots (about 3 medium)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In 4 quart pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in wild rice, thyme and 5 cups of the broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in brown rice and celery. Cover and continue to simmer 40 to 50 minutes longer or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Add more broth, if necessary to prevent scorching.

Stir in carrots, bacon 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Uncover; cool 30 minutes before stuffing turkey. (Stuff turkey just before roasting.)

Put any extra stuffing in a greased casserole dish and keep in refrigerator until time to heat up. This casserole can be baked uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

Easy Layered Pumpkin Cheese Pie

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 Tbsp. milk and sugar with whisk until blended. Stir in half of the Cool Whip. Spread into prepared pie crust.

Whisk together the remaining milk, pumpkin, dry pudding mixes and spices until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be thick. Spread over cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Cool Whip.

Spiced Cranberry Spread

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Spread cream cheese onto a small serving plate (less than 9 inches in diameter).

Mix together the cranberry sauce, orange marmalade, and red pepper. Spoon mixture over the cream cheese; top with almonds.

Serve with crackers (Ritz).

Corn Casserole

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1 package (8 oz.) corn muffin mix
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (2.8 oz. or about 1 1/3 cups) French fried onions

Heat oven to 35 degrees F. Spray non-stick spray in a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish.

Beat together soup, milk and eggs in medium bowl using a fork or whisk. Stir in the corn, corn muffin mix, cheese, and 2/3 cup of the onions. Pour the soup mixture into the casserole.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot. Top with remaining onions and back for another 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

12 medium sweet potatoes
1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup toasted pecan pieces
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a sheet pan with no-stick cooking spray.

Scrub sweet potatoes thoroughly. Prick each them with a fork in a couple of places, and place on the sheet pan. Bake at 400 degrees F. for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the potato goes in easy.

In a large bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and flour together. Add the cinnamon, salt, pecans and marshmallows and stir to combine.

Cut a slit in the sweet potatoes lengthwise down the center, not going all the way through. Push the ends toward the middle, which will cause the potato to open up. Fill each potato with the marshmallow mixture and put back in the oven. Back for another 20 minutes or until the topping is bubbly and brown.

Waldorf Apple Salad

About 3 firm ripe apples
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of sliced celery
1 cup of white seedless grapes
½ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
½ cup of mayonnaise
1½ teaspoons of honey (or to taste)

Core and quarter the apples, but do not peel. Slice thinly into a bowl and toss with the lemon juice to coat. Add the celery, grapes and walnuts and toss. Cover and chill. Mix the mayonnaise and honey (if desired) together until smooth, add to the apple mixture, and toss.

Ingredients can be adjusted according to your taste (add more or less grapes, etc.).  You can mix types of apples (tart or sweet) as long as they are firm and crisp.  Using both yellow and red apples makes the salad pretty.

Sweet Potato Casserole

4 cups sweet potatoes, cubed (or large can of cooked sweet potatoes, drained)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

(If using canned sweet potatoes, omit this step) Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.

In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In medium bowl, mix the sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

Corn Bread Stuffing

Corn Bread (Gluten Free)

4 eggs
4 cups buttermilk
2 Tablespoons corn oil
4 cups yellow corn meal
1 Tablespoon onion powder
2 Tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons sage, rubbed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar (more or less, to taste)
dash of pepper

Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, buttermilk and corn oil with a fork to blend. In another bowl, toss all dry ingredients until blended. Stir into buttermilk mixture just until mixed, pour into greased pan. Bake on lowest rack in oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 10 minutes more, or until bread just begins to pull away from sides of pan; turn out onto wire rack. Cool thoroughly.

Corn Bread Stuffing

9 Tablespoon butter, softened, divided for use
1 lb onions, coarsely chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped fresh
corn bread, from above recipe
1/4 cup turkey or chicken broth

One day ahead: Melt 4 Tablespoon butter in heavy skillet and sauté onions slowly about 15 minutes. Add I Tablespoon butter and the celery and sauté 10 minutes. Add parsley and remove from heat; cool and place in airtight container in refrigerator.

Day of dinner: Bring turkey and all stuffing ingredients to room temperature. Crumble corn bread into a large mixing bowl and stir in onion­/celery mixture. Melt remaining 4 Tablespoons butter and drizzle over stuffing, tossing lightly. Sprinkle with just enough broth to moisten and mix lightly again. Makes approximately 4 quarts.

NOTE: If you have any extra stuffing, refrigerate until about 2 hours before dinner. Bake in casserole dish in 375 degree oven for 1 hour.