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Old 10-18-2011, 08:54 AM
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This weekend I made a Thanksgiving-type casserole that I saw in the latest EveryDay Food magazine. It's basically ground turkey casserole that has sage, craisins, celery, onions, and good bread. It's amazing. I real hint of Thanksgiving during October. I looked for the recipe online so I could post it to you guys but I guess since it's in the current issue, maybe it's not on there. I can try to take a picture of it tonight and post it in the morning. Also, it was super easy to make.

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Although I am going to my inlaws for thanksgiving this year,I do want to pass along the recipe for roasted turkey from Alton Brown! thanks for posting it it looks delicious!
Dude...it is OUTSTANDING.
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Yes I make my sauce now and put it up in mason jars and don't open it up until Thanksgiving Day.
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I have to ask does the rest of your family KNOW you want to try some NEW dishes? Thanksgiving is all about TRADITION and remembered flavors. Get 10 new recipes and have what I call my side dish supper where you invite over a few good friends or loved ones and make 5 new dishes and get honest reactions to them before serving them on Thanksgiving Day.
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This thread is getting me SO EXCITED for Turkey Day!

Okay, so while my mom's mashed potatoes are A-MAZING, she can't make gravy to save her life. Usually, we get gravy from Boston Market but this year, my first sister (4 years younger than me) and I have decided that we don't want to do that anymore (their prices have gone up and whatnot).


Anyway, does anyone have a homemade (and easy) gravy recipe they'd be willing to share? I'd really appreciate it!
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I just have to laugh because making gravy is so easy! Here's how you make it. Before the turkey is roasted set aside the neck and giblets, heart and liver. While the turkey is roasting make a basic turkey stock with celery, carrot, onions. (use nice big chunks here no need to dice them) and you can add some thyme or 1/4 cup of white wine (up to you) rinse the giblets and cover with 2 quarts of water. Put the pan on the stove bring it to a boil. I add one big tbs of black pepper to my stock. You can use less or just leave it out. When it comes to a boil reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 hours. After two hours take it off the stove and strain out the vegetables and reserve the stock. I always make the vegetables my cooks treat.

After your turkey is all roasted remove from the roasting pan cover it with foil and let it rest for 35 -- 40 minutes. Put the pan back on the stove or use any 6-8 quart sauce pan. Heat up the drippings from the turkey. While that heats up use any 1 quart mason jar and pour in one cup of turkey stock and 4 tbs of flour. Shake that jar to combine flour with the stock. By shaking the stock and flour you avoid getting any lumps in your gravy. When the drippings are boiling pour this into the pan. When this gets as thick as you want it turn off the heat and pour into your gravy boat. You can also add one cup of white wine or some fresh thyme to the gravy. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Originally Posted by bigbearfla58 View Post
I have to ask does the rest of your family KNOW you want to try some NEW dishes? Thanksgiving is all about TRADITION and remembered flavors. Get 10 new recipes and have what I call my side dish supper where you invite over a few good friends or loved ones and make 5 new dishes and get honest reactions to them before serving them on Thanksgiving Day.
My family isn't big on tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving. Ever since I came home from culinary school a few years ago, my family expects the unexpected with me. I know the general flavors of what each one in my family likes and doesn't like, and I just build up from there. At the dinner table, the only thing that has stayed the same through the years is the mashed potatoes and my grandpa's dressing. Everything else changes from year to year.
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My family and my dinner have been locked in tradition for many years. And nothing has changed for many many years. In the past I tried to introduce a new dish or flavor profile it started World War Three. Now when I find or create a new recipe I test it out on friends and serve it after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.
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soooo.......does someone have a gravy recipe that doesn't involve the insides of the turkey?
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Here's the gravy recipe that I use. I make the stock that morning typically, just as bigbearfla58 said. It's SUUUUUPER simple. I use frozen turkey carcasses from previous chickens and turkeys that I've made as well as the giblets.
http://www.marthastewart.com/337170/cider-gravy

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Okay, so while my mom's mashed potatoes are A-MAZING, she can't make gravy to save her life.
That's hysterical. My mom isn't the best at it either. It's pretty much the jarred, crummy stuff..just reheated. I took over the Thanksgiving duties three years ago and I'm not giving them back.

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I have to ask does the rest of your family KNOW you want to try some NEW dishes? Thanksgiving is all about TRADITION and remembered flavors. Get 10 new recipes and have what I call my side dish supper where you invite over a few good friends or loved ones and make 5 new dishes and get honest reactions to them before serving them on Thanksgiving Day.
This is a FANTASTIC idea. I am absolutely going to do it.

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Yes I make my sauce now and put it up in mason jars and don't open it up until Thanksgiving Day.
Interesting. That's really cool!
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I am excited only one more month! I made 2 sweet potato pies yesterday....and my kids and husband were like can we eat one?, and I said no, not until Thanksgiving...I know, I'm so mean. LOL
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