Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Favorite Dishes

Oh boy, I think this year we had the best Thanksgiving dinner we have yet to cook.
One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes was our turkey. Hands down the best turkey we have yet to prepare. Because we were only cooking for our little family we decided to grill the turkey and we did some legs and a turkey breast. First we brined the turkey in the recipe I shared yesterday. Today, the hubby grilled it on the barbecue. It was the most moist, smokey flavored,  delicious thing ever!

We always have a couple light snacks for lunch so we have plenty of room for dinner. This year my daughter made the cutest fresh veggie platter in the shape of a turkey.

Pies were made. For hubby, a raspberry apple and for us girls a chocolate fudge pie. I will be sharing the recipe this week. It is super simple but so yummy.

Oh, and my absolute favorite dish was soul sweet potatoes from Pioneer Woman. It is really more of a dessert but it is the best thing EVER!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cranberry Apple Turkey Brine Recipe

If you have never brined a turkey before, you have to start. We have been brining our turkey's for years now and the process gives you a moist tasty turkey every time. Here is how to make a apple cranberry turkey brine that is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
*This recipe is for a very small turkey so if you are cooking an average to large sized bird you need to double this recipe. When I am done brining and getting the bird ready for the oven I still prepare us usual but you do not need to salt it as the salt in the brine will give you such good flavor. I rub mine with butter and sprinkle generously with sage and pepper.

Cranberry Apple Turkey Brine

  • 1 quart water
  • 2 cups apple cranberry juice
  • 1 apple cut up
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary
  • small bunch fresh hyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 oranges sliced
Cooking Directions
  1. Place the water and salt in large stock pot, bring to simmer. Add all the other ingredients and simmer on low for half hour. Set aside and let completely cool. Place uncooked turkey in brining bag and pour in brine. Seal and set in large pan and place back in refrigerator until time to prepare and cook turkey as normal. Make sure to turn turkey over a few times during the brining period at least 24 hours if you can.


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