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#31 bluebear  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 7:34 pm

Personally, I prefer the mashed butternut/acorn squash version. This recipe is pretty good.

Make it easier on yourself by buying pre-peeled and cubed squash. I know I've seen it at Trader Joe's; you should find it in other produce departments as well. Steam the cubes on the stovetop until tender and able to be mashed/pureed, rather than microwave them. The texture is better. Whatever you do, don't try to defrost frozen mashed butternut squash. It turns out far inferior.

I personally like the casserole to be deep, so I double the filling ingredients and bake for 55 minutes to an hour before topping. However, if you and your mom are the only ones who will eat it, make the amount stated, but put it in an 8"×8" pan, rather than a 9"×13". That should still result in a nice deep casserole.

https://www.allrecip...uash-casserole/


Thanks! And thank you for the tips.

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Posted Nov 16, 2021 - 12:53 pm

We always have Thanksgiving Dinner at my dad's (my mom passed away four years ago). It will be myself, my husband, our daughter, our two sons and their wives, my sister, her husband, her two kids, and my dad and his girlfriend. We are doing it on Fri, Nov 12 this year though because it was the only day that everyone could be there.

I am bringing turkey, dressing, homemade mac-n-cheese, and oreo dirt cake (my daughter is fixing that). My sister is bringing ham, corn on the cob, and rolls. My daughter in laws are bringing drinks, green beans, dessert, sweet potato souffle, and coleslaw.

I will also make another dessert, I'm just not sure what I want to make yet.


How did it go?

#33 Gator Pam  ONLINE  

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Posted Nov 22, 2021 - 10:08 am

I got a 14+ pound frozen turkey from one of the food banks this year last Tuesday. Since I do a three day dry brine, I immediately put it in the refrigerator to defrost. I just pulled it to start prepping, and while mostly defrosted, the neck area is still "crunchy" when I palpitate it, leading me to believe the giblets may be still frozen to the interior. So, in to a cold water soak it goes, to be checked, drained, and refilled every 30 minutes until ready.

I'm hoping it will only take one round of soaking.
We'll see...

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Posted Nov 22, 2021 - 12:42 pm

Turkey took two soak cycles, and it still had ice crystals inside. I scraped them out as best I could.

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Bird sprinkled with Sage and Bay dry brine. Set on a rack over a half sheet pan and set on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

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Loosely draped with a flour sack towel I reserve for pressure cooking my bone broth/stock.

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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 5:15 am

Okay here goes......

 

Turkey, Ham, Ribs, Bakes-Fried- and BBQ chicken, Chitterlings (not for me), Collars, Turnip greens, Green beans, corn, corn on the cob, yams, rice, potato salad, cranberry sauce, fat back, macaroni and cheese, rolls, corn bread, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, lemon meringue pie, cherry pie, apple pie with cinnamon rolls, pound cakes (multiple flavors), banana pudding, some Oreo desert, deviled eggs, etc. I know I am missing some stuff but you get the drift that it will be to much food. 



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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 6:13 am

Okay here goes......

Turkey, Ham, Ribs, Bakes-Fried- and BBQ chicken, Chitterlings (not for me), Collars, Turnip greens, Green beans, corn, corn on the cob, yams, rice, potato salad, cranberry sauce, fat back, macaroni and cheese, rolls, corn bread, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, lemon meringue pie, cherry pie, apple pie with cinnamon rolls, pound cakes (multiple flavors), banana pudding, some Oreo desert, deviled eggs, etc. I know I am missing some stuff but you get the drift that it will be to much food.

What time do I show up? :)

Greens, fried chicken and sweet potato pie. DANG that sounds good.

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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 7:06 am

Turkey
Mashed potatoes
Gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Green beans
Cranberry meatballs
Deviled eggs
Dinner rolls
Turtle pie

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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 8:24 am

Fried turkey
Dressing
Sweet potato casserole
Green bean casserole
Corn casserole
Mac n cheese
Deviled eggs
Rolls
Cranberry sauce( right out the can)
Chocolate pie
Cherry dump cake
Apple dump cake
Punch
7 of us this year

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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 3:28 pm

Tonight I'll remove the flour sack towel from the birdie, pat it dry, and refrigerate uncovered overnight to really set in the dry brine. In the meantime, prep continues...

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Enhanced homemade poultry bone broth, enriched with the turkey neck, gizzards, heart, onion, carrot, parsnip, and celery.

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The strained out giblets and aromatics. Made for a great lunch today.

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The enhanced stock strained and defatted, awaiting the turkey drippings to be made in to gravy.

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Enhanced mirepoix or trinity, waiting to be mixed in to the crockpot stuffing tomorrow.

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Beginning of the cranberry sauce. I forgot the sprig of fresh rosemary prior to taking the photo. I added it after and simmered the sugar syrup an additional few minutes.

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Raw cranberries added to the sugar syrup, as well about a shot and a half of bourbon.

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The finished cranberry sauce with the orange zest stirred in cooling before packaging for the overnight chill.

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Cranberry sauce ready to chill overnight.

Edited by Gator Pam, Nov 24, 2021 - 3:46 pm.


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Posted Nov 24, 2021 - 7:47 pm

Just finished cooking the cranberry sauce. Waiting for it to cool so it can go in the fridge for the night. Wife made the cornbread. Tomorrow morning we start the rest. Turkey and Goose go on the smoker in the morning.

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Posted Nov 25, 2021 - 3:43 pm

Final preparations attempting to be timed together.

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Fortified stock to flavor and moisten the stuffing

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Stuffing cubes with mirepoix on top

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Stuffing and mirepoix mixed together

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Stuffing mixture moistened with stock and butter

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Whipped eggs to add to stuffing mixture

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Buttered crockpot insert

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Mixture with whipped eggs in crockpot ready to go

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Birdie straight from fridge after 3-day dry brining

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My rosemary bush for fresh sprigs

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Aromatics for birdie's cavity:
Apple, onion and cinnamon stick to be steeped
Fresh sage and rosemary

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Steeped aromatics placed in cavity

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Followed by the fresh herbs

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Birdie after 500°F blast for 30 minutes

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Foil shield to protect breasts with two probe thermometers inserted

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Breast meat at 157°F, thigh at 175°F

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Remote receiver for thermometer in thigh so I can leave kitchen

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Birdie pulled at temperature, awaiting a light cover of foil to rest for an hour before carving

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Posted Nov 25, 2021 - 8:25 pm

Dinner was served about three hours ago. Timing came together pretty well.

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From left to right:
Homemade cranberry orange sauce with rosemary and bourbon
Homemade gravy from giblet stock and turkey drippings in thermos
Keto green bean casserole

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Carved whole roasted turkey
Crockpot stuffing

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Homemade pumpkin bread
Homemade apple pie

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Close up of cranberry sauce

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Close up of keto green bean casserole

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Close up of whole carved turkey. On the platter is both legs, both thighs, both wings, and one breast

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Close up of crockpot stuffing

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Homemade gravy still on the stove

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My first dinner plate. I definitely had seconds, although much smaller servings of each item.




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