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Turkey Stock for Great Turkey Gravy

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Turkey Stock for Great Turkey Gravy

O.K. lets start with my Rant!  Every year all the TV chefs start with all the fancy sides and different ways to cook turkeys trying to make you feel inadequate about your Thanksgiving menu.  They probably get a whole bunch of people trying different and sometimes much harder than it seems recipes to serve .

Rule #1 never try to cook a new item for the first time on Thanksgiving day!  You want to try something new, write the recipe down now and try it out a few times over the next year to see how difficult it is, how much TIME and oven or stove top space it takes, and whether or not your family actually enjoys it.  If it’s a success  than do it NEXT YEAR!

Turkey Stock

I look at a turkey as just a over-sized chicken that just takes a little longer to cook, needs a little bit of basting and perhaps a cover over the breast if it gets too brown, you can add a mirepoix to the bottom of the pan and with a little water,stock or wine baste the turkey and you’ll get a good start for a gravy.  Its just that it usually does not create enough stock for all the gravy you will need.

The answer is to create more stock by using the bag of giblets that comes with the turkey .  The great thing about this is you can make the stock days in advance and refrigerate or freeze until you need to use it.

Ingredients for Turkey Stock

  1. Bag of giblets defrosted
  2. 2 carrots cleaned and diced
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 2 stalks of celery with tops thinly sliced
  5. 1 clove garlic crushed
  6. 1 cup white wine
  7. 4 cups water
  8. 2 tsps each salt & pepper

Directions for Turkey Stock

Cut the neck into 2 or three pieces and take the giblets and place into a large pan or stock pot with a scant Tbs of butter on medium high heat, and saute until just beginning to lightly brown, add the vegetables and continue to cook until the giblets are nicley brown and the vegetables are wilted.  Add the wine deglaze the pan if necessary and cook until the wine is thick and syrupy.  Now add the water and bring the mixture up to a boil and once boiling reduce heat to a simmer cover with the lid just slightly ajar to allow some reduction of the liquid and simmer for one to two hours and the liquid and reduced by about ¼.

Strain the liquid and remove any excess fat from the top.  

To make Gravy

On Thanksgiving day bring the stock up to medium heat, now take the juices from the turkey pan, strain and remove most of the fat and add to your prepared stock.  For every cup of stock you have use about 1½ Tbs of fat and flour cooked lightly until completely mixed and the raw flour taste is gone.  This will make a slightly thin gravy if you want a thicker gravy use a ratio of 2 Tbs each to every cup of stock.  I usually go with the 1½ ratio and have some extra butter and flour microwaved and combined on the side if I need to thicken it a bit more..  You can also use heavy cream in place of the butter which will make a great rich gravy that is much lighter in color.  Taste before serving and adjust seasoning if necessary.

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Don’t forget to strain the heart, liver and gizzard and serve as an appetizer to you 4 legged kiddies, then pile on the turkey.

 

 

Turkey Stock for Great Turkey Gravy

Ingredients

  1. Bag of giblets defrosted
  2. 2 carrots cleaned and diced
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 2 stalks of celery with tops thinly sliced
  5. 1 clove garlic crushed
  6. 1 cup white wine
  7. 4 cups water
  8. 2 tsps each salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the neck into 2 or three pieces and take the giblets and place into a large pan or stock pot with a scant Tbs of butter on medium high heat, and saute until just beginning to lightly brown, add the vegetables and continue to cook until the giblets are nicley brown and the vegetables are wilted.  Add the wine and cook until the wine is thick and syrupy.  Now add the water and bring the mixture up to a boil and once boiling reduce heat to a simmer cover with the lid just slightly ajar to allow some reduction of the liquid and simmer for one to two hours and the liquid and reduced by about ¼.
  2. Strain the liquid and remove any excess fat from the top.  
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Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes

It’s been a while since i have posted anything on the site, because I just haven’t felt much like eating let alone cooking lately. 

However I was feeling not too bad today, so I thought we’d give it a go and try an easy to do recipe that we haven’t put up yet.

Sloppy Joes are an old time favorite, and how you serve them can cause a few arguments open-faced or not open faced that is the question. Has to have pickles but maybe just maybe a little cheddar cheese-OMG!

My recipe is just a little bit spicy but I think you might like it.

As to its origins this is another dish with many competitors claiming the inspiration.  This recipe will serve about 4 persons.

Ingredients for Sloppy Joes

  1. 1 pound ground beef (lean if possible)
  2. 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  3. 1 medium onion finely chopped
  4. 2Tbs Olive oil
  5. 8 oz tomato puree
  6. 1 cup ketchup
  7. 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 Tbs Dark Brown sugar
  9. 1 Tbs deli or Dijon style mustard
  10. 1 Tbsp good chili powder
  11. 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  12. Hamburger buns
  13. Pickles sliced

Directions for Sloppy Joes

In a large sauté pan, or pot if making more, place the Olive oil and the onion and garlic and on medium heat cook for 5-10 minutes until the onion are wilted and most of the moister is gone from them.  Now add the ground beef and continue to cook until the beef is browned lightly.

While the onions and garlic are cooking place the purée, ketchup,Worcestershire sauce,sugar,mustard,chili powder and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine completely.

Once the meat is browned pour the sauce over and mix and bring up to heat, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and serve on buns with the pickles sliced on top.

Serve with cole slaw or potato salad and enjoy.

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It’s beef for goodness sakes! you don’t need to add anything just put it on the plate! But 5 paws for the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound ground beef (lean if possible)
  2. 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  3. 1 medium onion finely chopped
  4. 2Tbs Olive oil
  5. 8 oz tomato puree
  6. 1 cup ketchup
  7. 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 Tbs Dark Brown sugar
  9. 1 Tbs deli or Dijon style mustard
  10. 1 Tbsp good chili powder
  11. 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  12. Hamburger buns
  13. Pickles sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan, or pot if making more, place the Olive oil and the onion and garlic and on medium heat cook for 5-10 minutes until the onion are wilted and most of the moister is gone from them.  Now add the ground beef and continue to cook until the beef is browned lightly.
  2. While the onions and garlic are cooking place the puree,ketchup,Worcestershire sauce,sugar,mustard,chili powder and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine completely.
  3. Once the meat is browned pour the sauce over and mix and bring up to heat, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and serve on buns with the pickles sliced on top.
  4. Serve with cole slaw or potato salad and enjoy.
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Honey Tomato Baked Chicken

Honey Tomato Baked Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey and Tomato Baked Chicken

This Honey and Tomato Baked Chicken is a very simple and a very tasty recipe that will please just about everyone at your table. This recipe will serve 4 persons

Ingredients for Honey and Tomato Baked Chicken
  1. 1 boneless skinless chicken breast per person
  2. 2 cans Campbell’s Tomato Soup
  3. 1 Onion finely diced
  4. 1-2 Tbsps Honey
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. 2 Tbs butter or cooking spray
Directions for Honey and Tomato Baked Chicken

Preheat oven to 375º

Lightly salt and pepper each breast.  Place into a buttered 9″ x 13″ baking dish.  Very lightly drizzle honey over each breast ( do not over do the honey, as too much will make the dish too sweet).  Sprinkle the onions over all and then cover with the undiluted tomato soup,

Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes and then reduce heat to 350º and bake for an additional 15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

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It’s CHICKEN! and there’s nothing more to say about that!  Always 5 paws for clucking good dinners!

 

 

 

Honey Tomato Baked Chicken

Honey Tomato Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  1. 1 boneless skinless chicken breast per person
  2. 2 cans Campbell's Tomato Soup
  3. 1 Onion finely diced
  4. 1-2 Tbsps Honey
  5. Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Lightly salt and pepper each breast.  Place into a 9" x 13" baking dish.  Very lightly drizzle honey over each breast ( do not over do the honey as too much will make the dish too sweet).  Sprinkle the onions over all and then cover with the undiluted tomato soup,
  3. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes and then reduce heat to 350º and bake for an additional 15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked
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