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Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes for you and your loved ones are important because is one of the most special holidays of the year, so for this night we want you to have an amazing dinner.

Turkey

Firstly, Turkey is the most distinct food for Thanksgiving Recipes for you and your loved ones, so here’s the best way to cook it with fresh ingredients, flavor and a lot of love.

Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients Needed for a Oven Baked Turkey:

  • Whole turkey – a fresh or frozen and fully thawed turkey can be used here 
  • Unsalted butter – for a delicious flavor and helps that skin brown.
  • Fresh herbs – rosemary, thyme and parsley. 
  • Lemon 
  • Onion and garlic 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to Prepare and Roast a Turkey:

  • Rest turkey, preheat oven: Let turkey rest at room temperature 1 hour. Transfer oven rack 1 level below center and preheat oven to 350 degrees near the end of resting.
  • Remove neck and giblets: Remove neck and giblets from turkey (these are found in the cavity, inside rib area, and often the v-shaped collarbone (wishbone) area of the turkey underneath the skin. Save them for gravy if that’s the type of gravy you prefer) and remove any pin feathers left behind.
  • Dab dry, fold wings under, season cavity: Pat outside of turkey well with paper towels and dry inside as well. Tuck wings under turkey. Season cavity well with salt and pepper.
  • Make butter-herb mixture: In a mixing bowl stir together butter, lemon zest, thyme and rosemary.
  • Create a pocket of space for butter underneath skin: Using the back end of a wooden spoon and starting at the back end of the turkey, carefully separate and loosen the skin from the breast leaving skin intact between breasts, front area and sides. Be careful not to puncture and tear skin or butter will melt out as it bakes.
  • Place in roasting rack: transfer turkey to a large roasting pan with a roasting rack 
  • Stuff portion of butter under skin: Using the end of the spoon again stuff and spread about 1/3 of the butter total into each portion and rub hands over turkey skin to smooth around.
  • Spread remaining butter over turkey: Rub remaining 2/3 of the butter all over turkey, except underside. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff cavity with aromatics: Stuff onion, garlic and parsley into the cavity of turkey.
  • Truss if desired: tie legs with kitchen twine if you want a better presentation.
  • Bake to 165 degrees: Bake in preheated oven until thickest center portion of thigh without touching bone registers 165 degrees on a probe thermometer or instant read thermometer, about 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours, while tenting top of turkey with aluminum foil as needed to prevent excessive browning.
  • Tip: to ensure a moist turkey be careful not to overcook. If you bake turkey breast past 165 degrees it will start to dry out. The thigh should reach 175 degrees.
  • Rest and carve: Let turkey rest 30 minutes at room temperature (or up to 60 minutes) before carving.
Turkey roasting in an oven
Turkey roasting in an oven

Thanksgiving recipe:

Biscuits

plate of homemade christmas biscuits
plate of homemade Christmas biscuits

 home made Biscuits are the best company for our food, here is a 8 step way Thanksgiving Recipe.

First, you need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • cream of tartar
  • COLD butter
  • egg
  • milk

And then you prepare it this way:

Biscuits cooking in the oven
Biscuits cooking in the oven

Preheat your oven to 475ºF (246ºC).

This Thanksgiving Recipes uses a high baking temperature to cut down on cooking time. While you wait for your oven to heat up, you can proceed to the next few steps to save even more time.

Optionally, prepare a baking sheet.

This recipe does not call for a baking sheet that’s been greased or made “non-stick” in any way. However, if you wish to grease your baking sheet with shortening or a non-stick spray, this won’t hurt the biscuits. This may be a good idea if you have had problems with baked goods sticking to the pan in the past.

  • Other alternatives include using a sheet of baking parchment or sprinkling a layer of flour over the baking sheet.

Combine the dry ingredients.

Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until well-blended.

Add wet ingredients.

Measure the oil and pour it into a separate bowl or container. Next, measure the milk and pour it on top of the oil. Do not stir or combine these ingredients. Pour them together into the bowl containing the dry ingredients.

Mix the ingredients to form a dough.

Use a mixing utensil or your hands to lightly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Transfer the dough to a floured surface (countertops work well) and knead once or twice to form a ball of dough.

  • You don’t want to mix too much or the biscuits can lose their light, flaky texture. Be sure to stop mixing when the dry ingredients are almost uniformly moist and sticky — a few tiny clumps that aren’t combined are OK. Be sure to knead only once or twice.

Roll out the dough.

You have a little freedom here depending on how thick you like your biscuits. On the same floured surface where you kneaded the dough, roll it out to about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick. You can use either a roller or your hands as long as you get the dough uniformly flat.

  • To cut down on mess, you can put the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap before rolling it if you wish.

Cut out two-inch biscuits.

Use a round cookie cutter to cut circles of dough two inches in diameter from the flattened dough. Dust the biscuit cutter in flour first to prevent sticking. Transfer the cut-out biscuits to your baking pan, leaving at least an inch of space between each so they cook evenly.

  • When you’ve cut out all the biscuits you can from the dough, roll the leftovers into a ball and flatten it again, then repeat.

Bake the biscuits until lightly browned.

This Thanksgiving Recipe for you and your loved ones will typically take about 10-12 minutes.

However, since you’re using high heat, it’s wise to check on the biscuits after about eight minutes just to be safe.

  • After carefully removing the baking pan from the oven, let the biscuits sit for about five minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Thanksgiving recipe: Lasagna

Close-up of a traditional italian lasagna
Thanksgiving recipes: Close-up of a traditional Italian lasagna

In our Thanksgiving recipes lasagna is really important, plus is delicious,  so here is a simple way to make it to impress.

What you need: 

  • 2 lbs of Butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp of Poultry Seasoning
  • 1-1/2 lbs of Ground Turkey
  • 1 large Onion, minced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 cup (or a tiny bit more) of Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the White Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups of Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup of Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano
  • ¼ tsp of freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • A few Pieces of fresh herbs such as Thyme, Rosemary and Sage, tied with some kitchen twine
  • Ranch white sauce
    Thanksgiving recipes: white sauce

Preparation:

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, lightly grease a 9×13” baking dish with a little olive oil and set aside.

2) To make the butternut squash lasagna, preheat a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and allow it to get nice and hot, add the turkey and break it up as much as you can with your wooden spoon, allow it to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked about half way.

3) Add the onions and garlic, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook them together for a few minutes or until the onions begin to cook down and the turkey is fully cooked.

4) Add the butternut squash, poultry seasoning, season with salt and pepper, cook for about a minute, add the stock, cover, let it cook for about 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is fully cooked and really soft.

To make the Sauce:
5) In a large saucepan, add the butter and melt it over medium heat, add the flour and cook them together, stirring constantly for about a minute.

6) Add the milk, herbs, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook the sauce for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened making sure to stir pretty much constantly

7) Stir in the cheddar and parmigiano, and take it off the heat.

8) To assemble, butter your baking dish well with some softened butter.

9) Ladle some of the sauce in the bottom of your baking dish, lay 4 pieces of lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish, overlapping a little.

10) Spoon over 1/4 of the turkey filling, followed by a handful of shredded cheddar, a good sprinkle of parmiggiano and a couple ladles of the sauce.

11) Continue this process until you end up with the 5th layer of the noodles being the very top and cover them with the remaining sauce.

12) Cover the lasagna with some aluminum foil and bake it for about 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle over the remaining cheeses and bake it uncovered for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly on top.

13) Allow it to cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

With these three Thanksgiving Recipes for you and your loved ones, dinner will be incredible!. But don’t forget the most important thing about Thanksgiving is being with our loved ones and enjoying this magical time of the year.

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