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Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing

When making this yummy turkey I used a Fresh Young Turkey at 22 pounds. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter if it already is pre-basted.  For a super tasty bird brine it overnight first.

22  pound Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Paprika
1/4 cup Salt; I prefer Kosher Sea Salt 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth; For basting Turkey
1/8 teaspoon Oregano 1  cube butter; Optional for basting
Turkey… I love it any way I can get it.  It does have to be cooked first thought.  This one is ready to go into the oven and then basting for several hours.
Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing along with extra Paprika for even browning.
Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing along with extra Paprika for even browning.
Cooling for awhile so we can carve it up.
Give me the carving knife – I’m hungry!
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DON’T DROP THAT TURKEY, PLEASE!

Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing Preparation

1.  Make sure turkey is fully defrosted.  I prefer a fresh young bird at around 22-25 pounds.

2.  Completely rinse inside of turkey and remove any remaining insides that you may see in the cavity.  Pat dry with paper towel.

3.  Liberally season inside of cavity with 2/3 of the spice mixture of salt, poultry seasoning, oregano and basil.  I mix the seasoning in a small bowl and then just grab liberal pinches of the mix to season.

4.  Lightly pack neck cavity with Apple Pecan Dressing (or another of your choice) and then secure skin to bottom of turkey with short wooden or metal skewers.

5.  Lightly pack bird cavity with Apple Pecan Dressing (or another of your choice).  Most turkeys now come with a oven proof plastic catch to secure the leg which helps to hold the dressing in place.

6.  Place turkey in large roasting pan and add a small amount of Chicken Broth if desired for basting (reserve broth for gravy).  Note: I added the broth after cooking the bird for 3 hours so that some turkey drippings would glaze and brown on the bottom of the pan. If the bird you choose does not come pre-buttered or injected with butter, then a 1 cube butter to the bottom of the pan for initial basting.  Also, when basting the bird if you notice that the bottom of the pan is beginning to brown to much, add the chicken broth then.

7.  Evenly season entire outside of turkey with remaining season mix.

8.  Sprinkle top of turkey with Paprika which will help with an even browning.

9.  Cover wing tips with foil so they do not burn or turn them down and under the turkey if possible.  Crunch up a little foil and place over the dressing so that it does not burn.  You will remove this foil later to allow for some browning.

10.Cover entire bird with a large piece of foil set loosely over the bird so that it does not brown to quickly.  I use the extra large foil size.  I use the heavy duty 18″ foil so that it easily covers the entire pan.

11. Cook in 325 degree oven for 5 1/2 to 6 hours for a 22 to 25 pound bird.  Baste turkey with pan dripping once every hour while cooking.  I usually add the chicken broth at the first stage of basting.

12.  If the bird has not browned sufficiently after 4 1/2 hours, then remove the foil to allow for final browning.

I love turkey any way I can get it.  After stuffing myself so I can zip the pants, a few hours later you can find me slicing off another piece… add a little salt and pepper… and I’m have a late snack.  The next day it’s not a sandwich for me.  I’ve got to make homemade egg noodles, heat up the mashed potatoes, make some more gravy and toss in lots of cut up turkey.  This is a famous farm dish from Idaho the is the perfect comfort food.  Start with the mashed or smashed potatoes on your plate, spoon over the gravy turkey combination and dig in.  Yummmmmmm…
Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing
Turkey Stuffed with Apple Pecan Dressing from KCinAZ BigOven

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Prep Time 1.5 hours
Cook Time 5 hours
Passive Time 3.5 hours
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  1. Make sure turkey is fully defrosted. I prefer a fresh young bird at around 22-25 pounds. Completely rinse inside of turkey and remove any remaining insides that you may see in the cavity. Pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Lightly pack neck cavity with Apple Pecan Dressing: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/194619/apple-pecan-rice-bread-turkey-stuffing and then secure skin to bottom of turkey with short wooden or metal skewers.
  3. Liberally season inside of cavity with 2/3 of the spice mixture of salt, poultry seasoning, oregano and basil. I mix the seasoning in a small bowl and then just grab liberal pinches of the mix to season.
  4. Lightly pack neck cavity with Apple Pecan Dressing: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/194619/apple-pecan-rice-bread-turkey-stuffing and then secure skin to bottom of turkey with short wooden or metal skewers.
  5. Lightly pack bird cavity with Apple Pecan Dressing: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/194619/apple-pecan-rice-bread-turkey-stuffing (or another of your choice). Most turkeys now come with a oven proof plastic catch to secure the leg which helps to hold the dressing in place.
  6. Place turkey in large roasting pan and add a small amount of Chicken Broth if desired for basting (reserve broth for gravy). Note: I added the broth after cooking the bird for 3 hours so that some turkey drippings would glaze and brown on the bottom of the pan. If the bird you choose does not come pre-buttered or injected with butter, then a 1 cube butter to the bottom of the pan for initial basting. Also, when basting the bird if you notice that the bottom of the pan is beginning to brown to much, add the chicken broth then.
  7. Sprinkle top of turkey with Paprika which will help with an even browning. Evenly season entire outside of turkey with remaining season mix.
  8. Cover wing tips with foil so they do not burn or turn them down and under the turkey if possible. Crunch up a little foil and place over the dressing so that it does not burn. You will remove this foil later to allow for some browning.
  9. Cover entire bird with a large piece of foil set loosely over the bird so that it does not brown to quickly. I use the extra large foil size. I use the heavy duty 18" foil so that it easily covers the entire pan.
  10. Cook in 325 degree oven for 5 1/2 to 6 hours for a 22 to 25 pound bird. Baste turkey with pan dripping once every hour while cooking. I usually add the chicken broth at the first stage of basting.
  11. If the bird has not browned sufficiently after 4 1/2 hours, then remove the foil to allow for final browning.
Recipe Notes

I used a Fresh Young Jenny-O Turkey at 22 pounds for Thanksgiving 2011. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter for this bird. I had to remove one cup of butter from the basting reserves when making the gravy.

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Apple Pecan Rice & Bread Turkey Stuffing

Turkey stuffing for those of us who used to hate stuffing. I started making this dressing many years ago and it’s always been a hit. Can be prepared the day before and then baked with Turkey the next day. For a vegetarian version use Knorrs vegetable cubes prepared in water to replace chicken broth.

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18 Servings

INGREDIENTS

    • RICE MIXTURE:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup mild onions ; chopped into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup celery ; chopped into small pieces
    • 1 cup Basamati rice
    • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1 pinch saffron ; optional
    • 1 teaspoon ground sea salt ; or to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cavendars Greek Spice ; or substitute poultry seasoning
    • BREAD MIXTURE:
    • 1 pound bread stuffing ; cubes/seasoned
    • 1/2 cup mushrooms ; canned/drained & chopped into small pieces
    • 2 smal granny smith apples ; chopped into 1/4″ pieces
    • 1/2 cup pecans ; chopped, can substitute slivered almonds
    • 2 cups chicken broth ; substitute Knorrs Vegetable cubes in water for Vegetarian

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. In a very large skillet, saute onions and celery in butter over low heat. Add rice and continue to saute for 2-3 minutes until onions and celery are slightly tender. Add chicken broth, salt, and Cavendars Spice. Bring to a boil. Cover pan tightly, lower the heat to maintain in a slow boil and continue to cook 15 minutes (rice will not be fully cooked). Rice will be soft and of a thick soup consistency.

      2. Remove rice mixture from heat and mix in bread croutons, canned mushrooms, apples and pecans. If your pan is not large enough then combine rice and bread mixture in a mixing bowl large enough to handle all the ingredients.

      3. With a large spoon, mix bread and rice together along with other ingredients until well blended. I like my stuffing to be of a slightly dry texture prior to adding to the bird. After combining all the ingredients, I then slowly add more chicken broth and continue to turn the stuffing until I reach my desired consistency which is loose and slightly moist. If you like your stuffing more on the dry side, then leave the texture loose and slightly moist. If you like your stuffing soft and thoroughly moist, like bread pudding, then continue to add broth until the bread and rice begin to pack together into a slightly tight and soft consistency.

      (If prepared the day before: place 1/2 of dressing in a one-gallon bag and the remaining in a baking dish. Refrigerate until the following day.)

      4. Fill the cavity of a medium sized turkey or large roasting chicken with lightly packed dressing and allow to overfill a little. Fill the breast pocket if the turkey with more dressing as well and make sure to tuck and secure the skin with a metal or wooden skewer. When you begin to brown the bird, cover the dressing with foil so that it will not burn, but is brown and slightly crunchy on top. Bake according to Turkey Recipe instructions.

      5. Place any remaining stuffing in a covered clay baking crock. Cover and refrigerate baking dish until the final hour before dinner then bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.

      6. Remove the cover from the baking crock for the last 15 minutes of cooking so that it can crisp a little on the top.

      7. Serve hot in baking dish.

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What’s for Dinner – Smoked Turkey Breast

Smoked Turkey Breast
Smoked Turkey Breast

Here’s the scoop on how to make this Smoked Turkey Breast. It’s still in the oven roasting at 325 degrees but before that it was in the smoker at 225 for 1 hour.

We started with a 6 pound turkey breast and seasoned it inside and outside with celery salt, Greek spice, sea salt and then sprinkled with Italian dry seasoning for a rub. Mess up your hands and rub the seasoning into the outer skin and inside of the turkey.

It was smoked in my CookShack easy electric smoker for one hour at 225 degrees with a little applewood. I don’t smoke anything the entire cooking time in the smoker because it seems to be too heavy smoking for me. I like to start with the smoker every time and then finish in the oven or on the grill.  This is done for any type of meat I smoke.

Next, bake the turkey in a 325 degree preheated oven until the turkey breast registers at 170 degrees on a meat thermometer.  Once the turkey reaches the right temperature, let it rest for a 10 minutes or so after it finishes and then slice away.  Serve warm with dressing, gravy and a nice side dish.

While the turkey is cooking, I’ve got my Apple Pecan Rice and Bread Turkey Stuffing slow cooking in the oven too. You would think I’m making another Thanksgiving dinner but this is a “For Company” dinner and for the hubby who just loves smoked anything.  Along with a side salad and stuffing we had sautéed green beans with mushrooms and slivered almonds.

Update on this slow cooking turkey:  For the last 45 minutes we turned up the oven to 350 degrees.  Hungry.  Hungry.    Everyone was getting hungry and the stubborn turkey was still gobbling.  Dinner was finally done at 8:45 and was planned for 7:30.  The dinner salad was served to waste a few moments while waiting for the darn turkey popper to pop.  We finally took the turkey out of the oven and draped the turkey breast with two heavy towels to continue cooking while we had the salad.  This was a newly learned suggestion from my guest, Britt.  I will never forget it!  By the time we were done with salad the turkey was ready.

As a hint the turkey may not have been totally thawed which caused it too cook more slowly than I would have liked.  Plus, the package called for 325 degrees to cook the turkey but 350 might have been better.  Regardless, it was juicy and smoked to the right amount.

 

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

I Love Chicken Cordon Bleu and this is one of the best from BigOven.com.  I’ve made it several times and it always is delicious.  Looks as great as it tastes.

I wish I could take credit for the recipe but not. I do love it!!  It was submitted by Ellie36.  Over 8,000 people have said they want to make it and over 11,000 have it in their BigOven favorites.

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I have made it several times and when I made it and took a photo, it looked like this:

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New Years Eve Dinner – Smoked Beef Tenderloin

We had eight of our closest friends at our home to celebrate and ring in the New Year.  Cocktail and appetizer hour started at 7pm and dinner was ready to serve an hour and half later.  The twice baked potatoes were prepared the day prior and were ready to place in the oven for the final baking one hour before dinner.  The tenderloin smoked for 1 hour, grill seared for 15 minutes and then slow cooked in the oven (on and off) for the balance of the day before carving to serve at a delicious medium-rare.

Oh how I wish I were better at remembering to take pictures.  The appetizer table was adorned with so many good foods brought by our friends to share while we enjoyed each others company.  There was a splendid crudités platter.  I just learned this phrase when my friend who just returned home from living in Italy asked if she should bring crudités or humus and chips.  I had to asked what crudités was and learned that it’s vegetable tray.  Another friend brought smoked salmon served with several very tasty spreads and toasted French baguette.   We provided a cheese platter, beef and salami slices and an assortment of crackers for additional noshing.

The table was preset so that it was easier for serving buffet style and so that I was not so rushed at last-minute.  I’ve found that this makes life much easier, less stressful and then I’m able to enjoy the company of my friends without looking frazzled when they arrive.

Again, I forgot to take pictures of the food as it was set out  but did remember to snap on quick photo of my own dinner plate with the perfectly cooked beef tenderloin and twice baked potato served along with sautéed green beans seasoned with chipotle pepper and praline pecans.  The green bean dish was a quick change-up from my standard sautéed green beans with mushrooms and slivered almonds.  I’m still not sure which I prefer to serve.  The chipotle dish was a hot and sweet dish while the other is savory.

Beef Tenderloin:

Let the tenderloin set out on the counter until it comes to room temperature.  Remove all fat and sinew from the outside of the beef with a sharp knife.  Turn the small end of the tenderloin under and then tie the meat so that it cooks evenly.  Season the tenderloin liberally with a robust rub like the A1-Bold or Barbarian’s Steak Rub.  Liberally add ground salt and ground pepper.  Make sure to cover all the surface of the beef (top, bottom, side and ends).  Place in smoker uncovered at 225 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove from smoker and place on hot BBQ grill at 500 degrees and sear top and bottom for around 7-8 minutes per side.

Next, remove from grill and place in a 175 degree pre-heated oven to slow cook for 3-4 hours uncovered.  This will ensure that the tenderloin cooks to a rare – medium rare inside temperature.  If you want the meat to be rare then remove from oven at 130 degrees and let it rest for 10 minutes or so before carving.  If you want it at medium rare then remove from oven at 140 degrees.  The tender loin will continue to cook while it rests and then be perfect when carving.

Cooking Tip:  I had to keep turning my oven on and off  to make sure it didn’t over cook.  This did lead to the crust of the beef becoming a little soft instead of the normal crusty.  If this occurs (check it before serving) then place your oven on high broil and crust up the outside again before removing from the oven.

Entertaining Tips: 

  1. Set the table the day before if you will be having a large number of people.  This can take more time than you think and will cut into your cooking time if saved to the day of the party.
  2. Set up your cocktail bar the day before.  Place a plastic table cloth under any fabric cloth to protect the furniture’s surface if it could be damaged by the drinks or ice.  Set out a few bottles of tonic water, tomato juice, fruit juice and club soda for mixers.
  3. Prepare a cooler filled with soda pop and plenty of water.  Add ice the day of the party around 3 hours before the begin time.
  4. If serving the food buffet style you can set up the buffet table and serving dishes.
  5. Do any decorating and set out centerpieces and/or candles.
  6. Prepare cheese platters, meat platters and condiments for the appetizer table in their serving dishes, cover and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Set up your appetizer table with any table clothes and decorations.  Prepare cracker platters, cover and set on appetizer table.
  8. Make sure your champagne is in the refrigerator the day before so that it is chilled to perfection.  One bottle of champagne pours 5-6 glasses.
  9. Figuring out how much meat to buy; 1/2 pound per person to ensure there is plenty.  Allows for second servings and ample leftovers.
  10. Figuring out how many pounds of fresh vegetables; 1/4 – 1/3  pound per person.
  11. Use 1 extra-large baking potato for every two people.  Add 2 extra for those that like more or especially when making twice baked.  Often, many of your guests will share a baked potato or a large twice baked.  Bake in oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  If making twice baked allow to cool before handling.

 

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Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds & Mushrooms

Food.  I do love food.  Cooking, smelling the aroma as flavors blend, tasting as it cooks and then enjoying the finished dish.

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It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a new recipe from me so I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday side dishes.  Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds and Mushrooms.2013-12-01T18-34-25_0

It’s not the typical holiday green beans with mushroom soup and crunchy onions as that’s never been one that I could really dig into.  This one keeps the flavor and taste of the vegetable at the top of the palate and enhanced with sautéed mushrooms and nutty almonds.  Cook them al dente so that the flavors still compliment each other and do not turn into a limp blend of soggy beans. 

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh green beans; ends trimmed
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon Butter
1 cup Fresh mushrooms; sliced
3 tablespoons Almonds; slivered
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cavendar’s Greek Spice; Can substitute other spice mix
1/2 cup Chicken broth; Can substitute vegetable broth

Preparation:

Wash and trim green beans.  Try to pick a young slender beans around 5 – 6 inches long.  If you choose a more mature bean then cut beans into 3 – 4 inch lengths.

Add olive oil and butter to medium size fry pan and bring to medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms to the melted butter and olive oil.  Sauté mushrooms until they begin to soften.   Add beans and continue to sauté at medium low heat.  Add and stir in raw slivered almonds, salt and Cavendar’s spice and continue to cook until almonds begin to brown and beans begin to soften slightly.

Add chicken broth or vegetable broth (I prefer Knorr’s Homestyle Stock) and continue to simmer over low heat until beans reach desired doneness.   Cook  the beans cooked al dente which is where the cooked bean begins to bend in half but is not limp.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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A Cabin Called Iron Works – Turkey Day

At the last moment we decided to spend Thanksgiving at the Cabin and all the fixings for dinner were done in the Two Butt Kitchen.  It took a little more imagination and timing as I only had one oven instead of my three ovens at home.  I know… oh poor me only three ovens.  I do love my kitchen at home but the cabin was a real treat too.  

It did get a little crowded in my little two butt kitchen when we added the third while Gus was carving the turkey but all survived the last minute timing to get the Turkey and trimmings on the table.  Dinner was started at 10:00 am and was served 6 hours later.   My legs were getting tired but my tummy was ready for the feast.  I don’t know if it took longer to cook or to clean up but all was worth it. 

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Turkey and Sweet Potatoes Cooking in the Oven
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The Messy Kitchen

While dinner was cooking we stepped outside for a breather just in time to see three mule deer who had been sleeping in the lower brush wake up and head out for the day. Oh,.. I wish my camera had been in hand instead of the potato peeler.  Then, as the turkey roasted away in the oven we went for a walk with our small legged pets in 50 degree sunny weather.  It was the beginning of a wonderful day. 

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Apple Pecan Bread and Rice Stuffing

Tip for a moist turkey…. make sure to pick out a fresh young turkey. I’ve found that they cook up more moist than most. After stuffing the turkey with my favorite Apple Pecan Rice and Bread Stuffing, I spread a packet of Knorrs chicken Homestyle Stock over the outside of the turkey and then seasoned it with Greek spice, salt, celery salt and pepper. This was a new way of topping off the turkey for me. Another surprise since our cabin is a new experience is that I forgot to bring the turkey pan. So, instead we adapted a flat sheet cake pan and lined it heavily with heavy duty aluminum foil. It worked perfectly except that I’ve never stuffed a turkey into the pan so tight.  I hope you all had as great a Turkey day as us.  We’re off now to take a hand at learning a new card game with our good friends.

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Turkey Breast, Potatoes n Gravy, Apple Pecan Dressing and Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds
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Sweet Potatoes, Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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