Its my favorite food month of the year, no doubt about it. Mashed potatoes and gravy are life, end of story!
If you are looking for health conscious recipes for this thanksgiving, this post is not for you. Sorry bout’ it.
I’m gonna go ahead and skip turkey for this one because I feel like everybody already knows about it and already have their set ways on how to prepare the bird. I brine, slather in butter and seasonings, and bake.
My first recipe is garlic butter mashed potatoes.
I am bad at measurements so bare with me.
For a large crowd, I’ll peel a whole bag of russets, about 12 potatoes. For this amount of potatoes you will need a cup of butter and half a cup of whipping cream, ten cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper. Fill a big pot with water and bring to a boil, add some salt. While that is boiling peel your potatoes(leave some skin if you’d like) and cut them into about 1 1/2 inch discs and cut those discs in half. Take your garlic cloves, put them in a tiny baking dish like a ramekin, cover it in either olive oil or veg oil and pop them in the oven at 350 till soft. Boil the potatoes until soft, strain, then melt the butter in the pot. Throw the potatoes back in, mash them up, put the whipping cream and softened garlic with the oil in there as well and use a hand mixer to smooth it all out! add salt and pepper to taste and badda bing, delish potatoes.
Next, Gravy to accompany those potatoes. Assuming you are cooking a turkey!
You will need the turkey giblets, cornstarch, either chicken broth or water, Italian herbs and some broth from the turkey. You want to saute the giblets and neck of the turkey until they are pretty well browned, then cover them with the water or broth completely and simmer on low for a few hours (usually while turkey is going. Take the giblets and neck out and discard, add one cup of the actual turkey broth, and follow the instructions on the cornstarch package to thicken the gravy depending upon how thick you like it/ how much liquid you end up with. Salt and pepper to taste!
Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
Sooooo much better than the canned stuff! You will need about a pound and a half of green beans I think, sorry guys I always eyeball this one! Enough to fill their pan of destiny. You will also need 2 cups milk, 3 tbls butter, 1/3 cup flour, 3/4 cups parmesean cheese, a container of sliced mushrooms, the crispy onions (I make my own by frying up some shallots in flour and oil but its super extra) and of course, a hefty amount of minced garlic. Prep your beans by cutting off the ends, and blanch them. Baking them is never enough for me, I like them extra soft. Pre heat your oven to 365 or whatever temp your oven is for the turkey or whatever else is cooking, doesnt matter much. start a roux by melting the butter, adding the flour, and cooking that mix for about five minutes, its like a blob of goo. Add the milk, mix, add the parm, mix, and add the mushrooms and some salt and pepper. Put the beans in a baking dish, pour the liquid mix over, top with crispy onions and bake for thirty minutes! so so good. If you are feeling extra fancy, add some bacon chopped up to the liquid for extra tastiness.
Ill be back next week with a few more recipes before the big turkey day!