Turkey Brine – Traditional

Traditional Turkey BrineINGREDIENTS

1 gallon veggie broth
1c sea salt
1T dried sage
1T dried savory
1T dried rosemary
1T dried thyme
1T garlic
1c cooking sherry (optional)
1 gallon ice water

PREP

1. In a large stock pot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, sage, savory, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and sherry. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

2. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water.

3. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.

5. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.

PS. These measurements are for a 12-15lb turkey.

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean CasseroleINGREDIENTS

15oz cream of mushroom soup
GF recipe can be found here, add sauteed mushrooms & onions, puree
1c sour cream
1t sugar
1c cheddar cheese
salt & pepper
4 – 15oz cans french style green beans

PREP

1. Add soup, sour cream, sugar, and cheddar cheese to a medium saute pan. Cook on medium till cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add green beans. Mix well.

2. Add to oiled casserole dish. Top with fried onions. Bake at 350 for 30 min.

::FRIED ONIONS::
onion(s)
milk
gluten-free flour
salt
pepper
paprika

1. Dice onions. I prefer to cut them in half and dice longer pieces. Place in medium size bowl and pour milk over just to cover the onions. Allow to soak for 15-20 minutes.
2. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and paprika…sorry, no measurements.
3. Medium cast iron pan and oil. Heat oil.
3. Coat onions in flour and pan fry.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato CasseroleINGREDIENTS

4 cups sweet potato, cubed
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
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup gluten-freeĀ flour
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans
– sub in almonds or almond meal.

PREP

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.

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

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

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

Graham Pie Crust – GF

Crust1Crust2INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups finely ground gluten-free graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

PREP

1. I have never found graham crumbs. I purchase a box of gluten free graham crackers and run the entire box through the ninja.

2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended. Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.

3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes. Cool. If recipe calls for unbaked pie shell, just chill for about 1 hour.

PS. I have substituted almond meal/flour for graham crackers in a pinch and it works out great!

 

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry SauceINGREDIENTS
12oz fresh cranberrys
3/4c sugar
1c orange juice

PREP
1. Rinse and sort out any cranberries that look not so desirable.
2. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop…approx 10 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.