Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year – so many great things to eat, so many leftovers…I could eat turkey and cranberry sauce for days.I cook just about everything myself – my father in law is bringing cranberry relish (but we still have to have the canned solid sauce too!) and acorn squash – and it’s always been fun. I make what I can in advance, so all I have to do is assemble or warm up on Thanksgiving day.
This week I’m going to go over my recipes, preparations and how I get things done with as little stress as possible…
Cooking The Turkey
I usually marinate/baste my turkey during cooking – my favorite is:
Sweet & Savory Marinade
- 1/2 C orange juice
- 1/4 C Olive oil
- 1T Dijon mustard
- 1T Soy sauce
- 1T Orange Marmalade
This makes an amazing gravy too – tangy, a little sweet. Is also a FABULOUS marinade for pork too.
Otherwise I do a butter and herb rub – Bake at 500* for one hour, then lower temperature til fully cooked – this really seems to seal in the juices and give you an awesome crunchy skin.
I am a stuffing snob – I like certain things in mine – no chestnuts, oysters, giblets or jalapenos, thank you very much (although the jalapenos does kinda sound good!)
I usually like to mix cornbread and traditional stuffing, or do just cornbread. I am not so snobby I won’t use prepackaged stuffing mixes though! What a lifesaver! My favorite things to mix in are sausage (plain, breakfast type – although Italian sausage gives a nice flavor too!), apples and cranberries. Stuffing is one of the things I make in advance to warm up on Thanksgiving day – it’s so easy to toss into a casserole dish and heat up in the afternoon.
One of the ways I am making my stuffing easier this week is the Ninja Cooking system – I was given one to try a few weeks ago and I can honestly say I’ve been using it at least once a week – making the stuffing is one of the 3 things I’ll be using it for…
And YOU can win one!
I’ve loved having the Ninja – It’s become my go-to crock pot, and I’ve made roasts, pasta, cinnamon rolls…I even prepared a complete meal using it!
One of my favorite features is being able to do complete one pot cooking – you can cook your ground beef, saute your veggies, brown your roast – and finish your recipe all in the same pot! And the best part??? It’s NON STICK – holy cow do I dislike cleaning my other crockpots…that alone is worth getting one!
Here’s how you can win yours!
Leave a comment below with your favorite thing to cook in the crock pot. Make a killer pot roast? A mean pot of Chili? Let me know!
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Couldn’t be easier!
This giveaway will end on Friday – drawing will be done with random.org. The winner will be announced here and notified via email. Should the winner not reply in 72 hours another winner will be chosen. Winners must live in the US. Retail value $199.
Come back Wednesday for mashed potatoes (yum!) and green beans!