Friday, October 23, 2009

More Holiday Recipes From Readers

Here are a few more editions to our ongoing Holiday Recipe cookbook. Enjoy!

COOKING A TURKEY WITHOUT BURNING IT

I've found a fool-proof way to not burn a turkey. While in college, I used to live in a student co-op and we would make 5-6 turkeys for the weekend before Thanksgiving (when all the alums came over for dinner), and then one giant turkey for Thanksgiving itself (when fewer people were around). We had really unpredictable ovens, too!

1) Soak the turkey in brine overnight (don't know the proportions, but submerge the turkey in salty water, in the fridge, overnight). This hydrates the turkey and prevents drying. Just remember to reduce the amount of salt you might put on it later!

2) Roast the turkey breast-side down for the first half of the cooking. They don't look as pretty later, but it allows you to cook the breast without burning it.


Now my turkeys are smaller, but my oven is better! I've always made them with lots of butter, white wine, and sage. This is making me really hungry. ---Mariela



COCONUT CAKE

I usually make the Four Day Coconut Cake for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most of my family like it although some of the nieces and nephews do not like coconut.

I use white cake mix cutting the layers to make four instead of two after cooking.

Mix: 2 cups of sour cream, 2 cups of sugar, and 24 ounces of frozen (thawed out) coconut. Refrigerate overnight.

Put the coconut filling between the layers and on top. If you have enough you can put it on the sides. My filling usually runs down the sides so I don't "pat it down" on the sides.

Refrigerate the entire cake for 4 days before cutting.

Sometimes mine stays that long and sometimes it doesn't. The longer it is refrigerated the better it tastes. ---Ann Martin


CROCK POT SUGGESTIONS

To go along with the crock pot idea, there are crock pot "liners" you can buy...basically just a thick plastic bag that fits inside the pot. When the meal comes out, you can just throw the bag away and not even have the crock pot to clean up!

I always look up recipes on
All Recipes. You can search by ingredients you want to use OR ingredients you don't want. I have also used Super Cook I put in what ingredients I have on hand and then it will pull up recipes based on my ingredients. -- Angie


BACON WRAPPED GREEN BEANS
(Connie sent this to me by email but I wanted to include it here, as well.)

1 lb bacon raw and cut in half
1 lb or more fresh green beans or 2-3 cans whole beans
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
Garlic powder or garlic pepper

Lightly cook green beans for 8 minutes (drain if canned)
Wrap center of 4 beans in ½ slice bacon and place on greased 9X13 pan
Continue until all the beans are gone
Melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir until mixed smoothly
Pour over beans and sprinkle with garlic powder or garlic pepper
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes and serve warm…YUMMY!

I’ve also skipped the brown sugar and just put in garlic powder instead so they aren’t garlic beans and not sweet.
I’ve tried to cut the bacon in thirds but it didn’t work…too small
I’ve also cut everything up and just baked it without the pretty wrapping…more like a baked stir fry and that worked well but I did over-cook it a bit. ---Connie

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