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Best Thanksgiving recipes and dishes: Turkey, stuffing and desserts

November 24, 2010 - 05:00 PM
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Thanksgiving recipes from food bloggers, readers, and TBD staff. Happy eating!

Thanksgiving Starters
Thanksgiving Sides
Thanksgiving Dressings, Sauces, Gravy
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
Thanksgiving Entrées
Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving Cocktails, Wine, Ciders
More Recipes


Thanksgiving Starters

Apple, Mint, and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (Arugula Files)

Corn Chowder (One Bite at a Time)

Figs with Bleu Cheese & Honey (One Bite at a Time)

Kale, Sausage, and Cannellini Soup (Arugula Files)

Mixed Apple Salad with Apple Mustard Vinaigrette (Fabulous Food Finds)

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup (Mango & Tomato)

Thanksgiving Sides

Acorn Squash (Arugula Files)

Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Figs (Adventures in Shaw)

Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Garlic (Fabulous Food Finds)

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Butternut Squash Gratin with Onions and Sage (Taste Book)

Carrot-Sweet Potato Mash (Mandy Jenkins, TBD, Social Media Editor)

Chef David Guas’ Sweet Potato Tart Tatin (EatMore DrinkMore)

Easy Potato Casserole (Steve Buttry, TBD, Dir. of Community Engagement)

Green Beans with Horseradish Mustard Vinaigrette (Not Derby Pie)

Mac and Cheese (Mango & Tomato)

Potato Patties (Mango & Tomato)

Roasted Carrots with Thyme (Metrocurean)

Smokey Sweet Potatoes with a Twist (EatMore DrinkMore)

Spaghetti Squash (Arugula Files)

Sweet Potatoes with Pineapples & Pumpkin Pie Spice (Fabulous Food Finds)

Winter Squash Souffle (Epicurious)

Thanksgiving Dressings, Sauces, Gravy

Andouille Cornbread Dressing (Capital Cooking)

Berry Cranberry Sauce (Heather Farrell, TBD Web Producer)

Chunky Applesauce (Fabulous Food Finds)

Cranberry Chutney Recipe (East City Art)

Honey Cranberry Orange Relish (Fabulous Food Finds)

Organic Spiced Cranberry Sauce (Foodie Tots)

Pear and Date Dressing (Capital Cooking)

Potato, Shallots, Gruyere Galette (One Bite at a Time)

Pumpkin Butter (Fabulous Food Finds)

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Apple Cranberry Stuffing (Paula Dean)

Irene's Meat Stuffing (Steve Buttry, TBD, Dir. of Community Engagement)

Mike Jones’ Stuffing Recipe (TBD Sports Reporter Mike Jones)

Nana’s Stuffing (Samantha Switzer, TBD, Manger of Digital Operations)

Sausage and Herb Stuffing (Ina Garten)

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy (Cooking Light)

Prepare the Perfect Turkey - Video (Let’s Talk Live)

Roasted Turkey Breast with Corn Bread Sage Stuffing (Epicurious)

Thanksgiving Entrées

Maple-Mustard Pork Chops (Thrifty DC Cook)

Thanksgiving Desserts

Apple Cider Doughnuts (Smitten Kitchen)

Apple Turnovers with Cheddar Crust (Modern Domestic)

Blackberry Pecan Pumpkin Pie (Heather Farrell, TBD Web Producer)

Caramel Apple Walnut Pie (Modern Domestic)

Caramel Pumpkin Pie (Modern Domestic)

Gingersnap Ice Cream (Frozen Fix)

Goat Cheese Cheesecake (One Bite at a Time)

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Modern Domestic)

Pumpkin Cheesecake (Arugula Files)

Pumpkin Cream Pie - Low Fat (Twenty Something Bites)

Pumpkin Cupcakes (Modern Domestic)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (Modern Domestic)

Ricotta Apple Cake with a Cider Maple Glaze (Poor Girl Gourmet)

Thanksgiving Cocktails, Wine, and Ciders

10 Wines for Thanksgiving (Metrocurean)

Apple Cider Cocktail (The Kitchn)

Apple Cinnamon and Infused Vodka (French Twist DC)

Chef Dave Morel’s Cranberry Lemon Bog Martini (EatMore DrinkMore)

Hot Apple Ginger Toddy (The Kitchn)

Hot Buttered Apple Cider with Rum (Metrocurean)

Pumpkin Martini (Capitol Hill Style)

Pumpkin Pie Shooter (Capital Cooking)

More recipes


Carrot-Sweet Potato Mash
Ingredients:
16 oz carrots, cleaned and peeled (or just use baby carrots)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened is best)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Directions:
Place carrots and sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until the vegetables are tender – about 20 minutes.

Thoroughly drain water from the root vegetables. Let them steam dry for a few minutes.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir in the sugar and applesauce and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Transfer the root vegetables back to the pot and mash with a potato masher or heavy spoon. When you’ve got it to the desired consistency, fold in the stovetop mixture, then the dried fruit.

* You can serve this now, but if you have a few extra minutes, put a lid on the pot and bake it for five minutes at 300 degrees. This will plump up the dried fruit and combine the flavors even more.

Easy Potato Casserole
Ingredients:
1 (30 to 32 oz.) pkg frozen hash browns
1 stick of butter, divided in half (melt each half separately)
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ large onion, chopped
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups crushed corn flakes or Panko bread crumbs

Directions:
To make topping: mix corn flakes or Panko with ¼ cup melted butter.
Mix all other ingredients together. Pour into greased 9x12 inch pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.


Irene’s Meat Stuffing
Ingredients:
½ lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
Parsley flakes
1 small or ½ large sweet onion, finely chopped
Depending on size, two or three fresh garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tsp sage
2 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
(Note: add more or less of any herb or spice to suit your taste)
½ loaf stale French bread, cubed (or toast in oven)
3 eggs
½ to 1 cup of liquid. (Use chicken broth or broth simmered from turkey giblets.)

Directions:
Sauté meat with parsley, onion, garlic, sage, salt, pepper, and oregano. Cube bread and cook well with the meat. Let cool. Add eggs and liquid. Heat in casserole dish at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes.


Mike Jones’ Stuffing Recipe
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground meat
½ lb. chopped bacon
1 minced onion
½ cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup grated Italian cheese
1 bag herb seasoned bread cubes
Salt/pepper
2 eggs
1 cup water
½ stick melted butter or margarine

Directions:
Fry bacon pieces until crisp. Remove from pan. In bacon fat, fry onion, celery, browned beef, and pork. Put bread cubes in large bowl and mix all ingredients together. Add more water if too dry. Cook for 45 minutes in Pyrex dish.


Nana’s Stuffing

Ingredients:
10 loafs bread white dried out
1½ cups celery
1½ cups onion
9 eggs
2½-3 sticks of butter
Salt and pepper
Poultry seasoning
Sage
Water or 5-6 cans of chicken broth

Directions:
The day before, lay out bread to dry. (Or buy cubed stuffing mix)

Chop celery and onion. Melt the butter in a saute pan, then add celery, then the onions. Cook to soften, then cool for a bit.

Place bread or stuffing mix In a large bowl and add water or chicken broth until bread is sticky. Then add the celery and onion. Add eggs and salt and pepper to taste. (I always sprinkle a little poultry seasoning on top.) Cube the rest of butter and put it on the top.

Spread in two 9x13 pans and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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