Because let's face it...I'm thankful in September, too. The weather has finally dipped down into fall temperatures and suddenly, I'm craving turkey. Well, to be completely honest, I was craving the STUFFING and GRAVY, but usually those accompany the turkey meal.
So, I wake up and toss together a feast for our Saturday (and plenty of left overs to feed us all week!)
The turkey: I don't do anything fancy. I just follow directions, keep it covered for most of the cooking time, and so far I haven't had any bad turkeys. I do tend to pick 20lb + birds, and then I invite as many people as I can to help us eat that much food!
The stuffing: This time, I whipped up a batch of Breads From Anna dairy free, gluten free, soy free bread mix. I truly love Anna's mixes. Now that I am feeling the fall, I will begin baking again! So, the bread...you can add all your stuffing spices to your bread (Or buy Anna's herb mix), but I wanted some plain slices, so I didn't do that. Instead, I chopped up the loaf (all but four slices) into large cubes.
In a pan on the stove, I sauteed some earth balance butter with
- 1 chopped small onion
- 5 chopped stalks of celery
- 1 tsp sage (ground)
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1/4 cup chicken stock - gluten free
- cubed gluten free bread and mix around with hands.
- Add more chicken stock to moisten. (aprox 1/2 - 3/4 cup)
If you like your turkey golden, take the lid off for the last 30-45 minutes of cooking.
The green beans: in a pan on the stove sautee at low heat
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 4-5 cups green beans
The mashed potatoes: Not too much to say about this. Cook potatoes in boiling water, peel them if you like, or leave the cleaned skins on if you like. Mash them up well and add rice milk, salt, and earth balance butter to taste.
The gravy: As SOON as your turkey is done, carefully remove it form the pan and get started on gravy. In a small dish mix together
- 1/4 cup corn starch or rice flour (white)
- 1/4 cup water
Carving the turkey: I highly recommend you watch this short video on how to carve the turkey. It's very effective and easy, plus it makes clean up a breeze!
Now, enjoy and look forward to many wonderful foods you can create with the leftovers!