After Thanksgiving, it is a tradition in my family to take the carcass of the turkey and boil all the leftovers down to make a soup. The flavors of this soup were very good and the broth was excellent because it simmers for a few hours. I had some leftover brown rice so I threw that in with the wild rice. You can always make it with thick egg noodles instead. It’s sad to throw out the picked over chicken or turkey and not use it for anything–with this recipe there is no waste. This recipe also works very well with the leftovers of a whole roasted chicken.
Bright orange sweet potatoes are a great table decorator for Thanksgiving. I had these over the holiday and they were so delicious! They were nicely browned, not too sweet, and very tender.
This is not the typical creamy corn chowder but a spicier, smokier corn stew. Unfortunately the season for good, fresh ears of corn has passed so I settled with store-bought bags of sweet corn. This recipe is perfect for sweet corn season and makes a great summer/fall soup. A fresh jalapeno is a good flavor addition to the smokey chipotle chili powder. I had some green bell peppers so I added those in for some extra veggies. I balanced the spiciness by adding sour cream and cilantro for garnish.
Another turkey day must have: mashed potatoes. While most recipes call for yellow or brown potatoes (they have a smoother texture for mashing) I like to use red potatoes. I just really like the flavor of these potatoes and their skins. I like mashed potatoes a little chunkier and with the skins mixed in. If you prefer it smoother add more milk and remove the skins. The garlic adds just enough flavor but does not over power the potatoes.
You just can’t get any more classic than a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. I had never made pumpkin pie before but I was very happy with the results. The pie was so flavorful and the texture was nice and smooth. The crust was good and a little bit flaky. The recipe wasn’t too difficult to follow either. I topped the slice with a little fresh whipped cream.
I’ve never understood why brussel sprouts have such a bad reputation. It’s like the dark horse at every thanksgiving and people take 1 brussel and put it on their plate just to be polite. Anyway I like brussels a lot, especially when they are roasted with great flavors. Roasting them on a baking sheet gives the brussels a sweeter flavor and mellows some of their bitterness. You can roast them with pine nuts, chestnuts, cider, or other herbs. There is a lot of variation you can do with brussels and I think I will be making these more for regular dinners, and not just the holidays.
While I love cooking a huge whole turkey for the holidays, there is no need to get a whole turkey when you’re cooking for two. Instead, I picked up a turkey breast from the store which weighed in at about 7 pounds with the bones so that was more than enough for two. Of course one of the best things about thanksgiving is the leftovers for turkey sandwiches! This turkey was so tender and juicy–I was very happy with how it turned out.
Roasted Beets are both beautiful and delicious. I used to eat them like candy when I was a kid. Roasting the beets concentrates their flavor so they’re great to eat as is. You can also add spices like ground clove and allspice for a little different flavor.
Hurray for cranberries! Every turkey needs its cranberry sauce. While the canned stuff does make me a little nostalgic, I have to say that this recipe brings cranberries to another level. The fresh ginger and orange zest liven up the flavors, and I love the chunkier texture of this sauce.
I really like this buttery and flaky all-purpose pie crust. It’s great for pumpkin and fruit pies. Servings: makes 1 crust, enough for one tart. If you are making a pie with a bottom and top crust, double this recipe and form two discs of dough instead of one.