Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner part 1

There has been some interest expressed in the recipes for our Thanksgiving menu. I was hoping to have time to sit & type them all out and add all the pics. However, with Jay being sick, the puppy recovering from surgery, the house a disaster, the ongoing purging, the Advent tree activities, etc., I'm not finding that kind of time. So, I figure I'll try to do it in multiple posts instead.

I'll start with the dishes that I had no recipe for:

Cranberry Honey Turkey:
23lb Turkey
Chicken stock in bottom of roasting pan
1/2 jar of Cranberry Mustard mixed with a few Tablespoons of Honey - smear over Turkey
cover with aluminum foil & cook for about 4 hrs, remove foil & cook for about 1 hr

Cranberry-Strawberry Sauce:
2 bags of fresh cranberries
1 bag frozen strawberries
cook cranberries in pot of water until almost done, drain 3/4 the water from pot
add strawberries & a few squirts of honey
cook 5-10 more minutes, then mash

Mashed Potatoes with Dill & Chives:
Red Potatoes - cut, boiled til tender, drained
add in chopped fresh dill & chopped fresh chives
add chicken stock as needed

Fried Polenta:
in pot, boil 2 3/4C water
in bowl mix 1 cup cornmeal & 1 cup cold water
add cold mixture to boiling water, stirring constantly
return to boiling & reduce heat to low
cook 10-15 minutes more, or until thick
pour in loaf pan, cover, put in fridge overnight
remove from pan, slice, and fry in butter in frying pan

We did 2 batches, one plain and the other with dried fruit. We added the dried fruit before pouring into loaf pan.

Fruit Salad:
fresh strawberries, halved
fresh blueberries
fresh blackberries
fresh raspberries
1 can pineapple chunks

There will be another post for the other 4 dishes we had for Thanksgiving.