Turkey, oh lord, please save me

Welp, when your cousins ask to have Turkey on Thanksgiving, you really cannot decline, so here we go.

This years’ menu again brought to you inspired from Pinterest

Menu

Garlic and Honey Crusted Brie with Bread – this is basically a family holiday or any other time staple now, it must be featured

Hearty Garlic Greens – trying to mix it up this year instead of spinach or brusselsprouts or green beans

Caramelized Carrots – because this is one of my aunt’s favorites

Smashed potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aoli – mixin it up a bit here folks

Jalapeno Mac and Cheese – dreamtime

Herb Crusted Turkey with Gravy

Banana Pudding

Garlic and Honey Crusted Brie

  • 1 round brie
  • Chopped up garlic (Trader Joe’s package)
  • Honey
  • Salt

Simplest recipe ever – sprinkle garlic, and salt on top of brie, then drizzle with honey. Put it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees – drizzle again with honey and serve. YUM

Hearty Garlic Greens

  • 1 package of Southern Greens from Trader Joe’s
  • Chopped up garlic (Trader Joe’s package)
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper flakes

In a pan with EVOO add garlic, once somewhat cooked, add in the southern greens, season with salt and red pepper

Caramelized Carrots

  • 1 package baby carrots
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt

In a pan add butter (be as generous or stingy you want to be) add in carrots and 4-5 table spoons of brown sugar and sprinkle salt – cook until carrots are somewhat soft but not mushy

Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aoli

  • One package of potatoes
  • Crushed garlic (Trader Joe’s package)

For Aoli

  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 spoons of greek yogurt
  • Crushed garlic (Trader Joe’s package)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Add some jalapeños if you are gutsy

For the aoli – combine ingredients and blend very well. Boil the potatoes until cooked (but not mushy) ‘Smash’ them with a rolling pin – place on baking sheet sprinkle with EVOO, garlic, salt and pepper – bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once out of the oven drizzle with the Aoli

Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

12oz Macaroni/Rigatoni pasta

1 package white cheddar cheese

1 quart milk

3 tbs flour

3 tbs butter

Jalapeños – depending on how spicy you want – we probably used at least half a cup if not more

Salt and Pepper

2 tsp mustard

Boil pasta till al dente – set aside in a buttered pan

Mix butter and flour in a saucepan till mixed well – then add in milk. Cook until thick (can coat the back of a spoon) Add in jalapeños, salt, pepper, mustard, then stir in half a package to 3/4 package of cheese – mix well. Pour cheesey jalapeno mixture onto macaroni – mix well till macaroni is coated, add remaining cheese on top – put in oven for 30 minutes (till browned on top) at 350 degrees

TURKEY

  • 1 turkey – the smaller the better
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 lemon halved
  • Lemon juice

In a saucepan melt butter – add in dried thyme, lemon juice, salt and pepper – set aside. Clean the turkey and remove whatever needs to be removed, pat dry. Generously salt the turkey, then add the fresh thyme, rosemary, onion, and lemon to the cavity. Cover the turkey with butter mixture. Stick in oven for 2.5 hours at 325 degrees – every 15 minutes baste the turkey with oil. After 2.5 hours – cover with foil and up the temperature to 350 cooking for at least another hour. The gravy wasn’t worth mentioning here so you can find a recipe online 🙂

Banana Pudding

  • Oatmeal Raisin cookies
  • Vanilla Pudding mix (Jell-O)
  • 2 bananas sliced

Make vanilla pudding mix as directed, in a pan spread out oatmeal raisin cookies. Closer to dinnertime, pour pudding mix over cookies and add sliced bananas on top.

ON TO CHRISTMAS

 

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