Welcome to my Thanksgiving Special. J I love holidays! It’s a time to gather with friends and family, stuff ourselves with lots of great food, hot/cold beverages, and laughter. The one thing I embrace is a stress free day. Remember to breath and create pleasant memories.
Here are some tips on how to achieve such a goal; Plan Ahead: Always make a menu and know where your recipes are and have them in one place. Organize your day by sketching out a time line for the day (and day before if needed). Then keep your menu and outline for next year. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Everything is small stuff. If something is not working out, skip it or ask for help and move on. Remember everything doesn’t have to be perfect to enjoy the day. Share the Menu: Have others help by bringing a dish. For an example my mother makes the best stuffing and now makes it gluten free! My sister-n-law and brother are bringing the sweet potatoes. You get the idea. J So sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the day.
Our Family Thanksgiving Menu: Serves 8ppl at $47.37 or $5.92 a person
15lb. Turkey (est. $20.00)
We have found over the years that Meyers works for us when buying our turkey. They have good quality and if you watch they have awesome price.
Cooking tips: Joy of Cooking is my side kick. Have a good roaster & baster. Have at least 1lb of turkey per guests. Make sure your turkey is thawed all the way. Research how long it will take for your size turkey to both thaw and cook. Remember to save the dripping for gf gravy.
GF Stuffing created by Terri Merriman aka Mom: serves 10ppl at $6.00 or $0.60 a person
· 1 Bob Evans Sausage (est. $3.00 @ local store)
· 1 Loaf of gf bread (est. $1.75, ref to everyday loaf blog)
· 1 Can of Chicken broth ($0.00 homemade and in freezer)
· Diced 2 to 3 stalks of Celery ($0.60 @ Aldi’s=whole celery is $1.00)
· Diced 1 whole Onion ($0.33 @ Aldi’s = $2.00 a bag of onions)
· 3 Tablespoons of butter ($0.07 @ Aldi’s=$0.79 for 32Tbsp)
· 2 eggs ($0.25 @ Aldi’s=$1.50 for 1 dozen)
I. Cut bread into cubes and toast (about 15/20 min at 350 degrees)
II. In a sauce pan cook the celery and onion in butter.
III. Then add sausage to celery & onion. Fully cook sausage.
IV. Add bread cubes and sausage mix into a large bowl. Add eggs. Mix well.
V. Put mixture into a 9 by 13 casserole dish (adjust as needed mixture should be about 1 to 1 ½ inch thick in dish).
VI. Cover with chicken broth till wet (not just moist). Let set in fridge overnight.
VII. Cover with foil and cook at 350 for about 45 min to an hour (until no longer wet but still moist). Uncover and cook for additional 15 minutes. llo and
Sweet Potatoes/Yams created by Anne Abbott-Merriman: Serves 10ppl at $1.39 or $0.14 a person
o 1 Bag of Sweet Potatoes ($1.00 @ Aldi’s for 3lbs)
o 2 Sticks of butter/margarine ($0.39 @ Aldi’s=$0.79 for 4 sticks)
o 4 Tablespoons of Sugar ($0.00, already in home pantry)
o 4 tablespoons of Cinnamon ($0.00, already in home pantry)
I. Clean and poke sweet potatoes with a fork. Then wrap in foil and bake at 400 degrees for about an hour or till fully cooked.
II. Cut in half and put on a serving dish.
III. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Wipe butter and add sugar/cinnamon mix, put in a small serving bowl with butter knife. Serve on side with sweet potatoes.
For those who enjoy Sweet Potato Casserole and may need a recipe try
Broccoli & Cheese Casserole created by Mildred Tucci (aka grandma):
Serves 8ppl for $8.74 or $1.09 a person
· 2 12oz bag of frozen broccoli (or 2 heads of fresh broccoli cut into bit size and cooked). ($2.00 @ Kroger’s=$1.00 a bag in 10 for 10)
· 1lb of shredded sharp cheddar cheese ($2.99 @ Aldi’s)
· 10 Tablespoons of butter/margarine ($0.25 @Aldi’s=$0.79 for 32Tbsp)
· 4 cups of self-crushed gf multi grain crackers ($3.50 @Sam’s Club=$7.00 box)
I. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a medium sized casserole dish.
II. Put 2 cups of the crushed gf multi grain crackers on the bottom of the dish.
III. Place 5 Tablespoons of butter on top of crackers.
IV. Then put a layer of frozen broccoli, layer of cheese, layer of broccoli, and layer of cheese.
V. Cover with 2 cups of crushed cracker and top with 5 Tablespoons of butter.
VI. Cooked covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for additional 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and brown.
Whole Cranberry Sauce by Joy of Cooking: Serves 8ppl for $3.00 or $0.38 a person
· 1 Pound of fresh cranberries (est. $2.00 @ local store)
· 2 Cups of Sugar ($0.00 all-ready in home pantry)
· 2 Cups of Water ($0.00)
· 2 teaspoons of grated orange zest
Please refer to Joy of Cooking for recipe. http://www.thejoykitchen.com
Mashed Potatoes: serves 8ppl at $2.24 or $0.28 a person
o 5 pounds of potatoes ($1.00 @ Aldi’s=$2.00 for 10lbs)
o 1 Stick of butter/margarine ($0.19 @ Aldi’s=$0.79 for 4 sticks)
o 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt (est. $0.88 @ Aldi’s=est. $3.50 a container)
o ½ Cup of Milk (est. $0.17 @ local store=est. $2.75 a gallon)
Fill a pasta pot a little over half way with water add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Clean and peel potatoes. Cut in half long ways and then each half into fours. Put into boiling water. Cook until soft. Strain water and put cooked potatoes into a large bowl. Add butter and Greek yogurt. With a hand blender mix still smooth. Place in serving bowl and serve.
Pumpkin Pie by Libby’s: Serves 8ppl for $6.00 or $0.75 a person
Please refer to recipe on the can of Libby’s pumpkin (or whichever brand you use). For the gf crust the best to use is Gluten Free Pantry perfect pie crust mix (averages around $3.00 which is included in the above price). www.glutino.com
Tip for the gf crust: Don’t worry about rolling the dough. Skip it and use your hands to flatten the ball of dough and then shape into pie dish. This will save you time and frustration.
GF Gravy: Use drippings from the turkey & a cornstarch slurry (instead of flour). Please refer to the blog about cornstarch to read about how the slurry will react (correct temperatures a must for gravy to gel).
GF Bread: Gluten Free Pantry and Wildtree make a good consistent bread Mix. Or refer to Everyday Loaf in one of my earlier blogs.