A Thanksgiving Feast

23 Nov

Today, for lunch, I made our Thanksgiving feast.  It turned out excellent!  Everyone in my family was happy with it.  And, Bountiful Baskets was a huge part of this meal, pretty much everything I made had something in it from Bountiful Baskets.

First off, I started the morning by getting the turkey going, a 15 pound bird.   I ended up doing a combination of fridge and cold water thawing, since we decided last minute to have our meal a day early.  Every year, I cook my turkey in a Reynolds Oven Bag.  I find it helps keep the turkey nice and juicy, and it’s a pretty easy cleanup too.  You remove the neck and giblets from inside the turkey, usually one is up at the top where the head would be, and one is in the large cavity at the bottom.  Shake 1 Tbsp of flour in the oven bag.  Rub turkey with vegetable oil and season with poultry seasoning.  Put turkey in bag, close bag with the zip tie provided and tuck under the turkey.  Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes per pound of turkey, or like on mine, until the thermometer pops up.  Result – A golden, juicy, delicious turkey.

 

And now, the sides.

 

Starting top left, and going clockwise:

Mashed potatoes, using red potatoes from Bountiful Baskets.  I left the skins on for these, love mashed potatoes with the skins!

– Dinner rolls, thawed from frozen, from the wagon wheel of dinner rolls that was a Bountiful Baskets extra.

– Green Bean Casserole, using green beans that I had frozen from a Bountiful Basket a while back.

– Wild Rice & Sausage Dressing, using onion and celery from Bountiful Baskets.  This side is also gluten free, as an alternative to the traditional bread & celery dressing.

– Bread & Celery Dressing, using 9 grain bread, onion, and celery from Bountiful Baskets.

The casserole and dressings I cooked in the oven all at the same time after the turkey was cone cooking.  The mashed potatoes were done on the stove top.  The rolls I thawed, then heated up for 5 minutes at 350 F, after the casserole and dressings were done.

I will post the recipes for Green Bean Casserole, Wild Rice & Sausage Dressing, and Bread & Celery Dressing here shortly.  This afternoon, I will be making a Sweet Potato Pie and an Apple Crisp as our dessert, once our lunch has settled and we’ve napped.

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