Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Day! Cajun Injected Turkey, Sweet Potato Muffins, ...Delish!

We got a late start today. I blame it on the Butterball webpage. I swear it said my turkey would take 4 1/2 hours to bake?  No frying this year. The oil was just too expensive this year so back to the old fashioned way of baking. Here are some of my favorite recipes. Hope you are enjoying your holiday at home with your family. I am thankful to have my hubby home for the first time in years on Thanksgiving!
The Best Ever Stuffing

I make my stuffing on the side:)

2 large bags of Brownberry Stuffing with sage
3 stalks celery cut lengthwise into thirds and diced
2 apples diced
1/2 onion diced
1 16oz container chicken broth
1 stick of butter
giblets chopped and browned

Add the stuffing to a huge That's a Bowl. In a large sauce pan add the chicken broth, celery, onions, and apple and bring to a boil along with the butter. Fry the diced giblets in a small frying pan with some butter then add the  cooked giblets to the stuffing. Pour the broth  in small batches over the stuffing and have someone help you mix. Refrigerate covered until ready to bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. 
Hubby went a bit crazy with Emeril Essence

Cajun Turkey Injection

1 cup chicken broth
4 TBSP hot sauce
3 TBSP Worchestershire sauce
1 TBSP cayenne pepper
1 TBSP salt
1 TBSP garlic powder

Normally we inject the turkeys the day before but we got really busy. Mix all of the ingredients and inject your turkey. Injecting makes for a moist turkey and delicious. In years past we have injected with Gran Marnier, pesto, even cranberry sauce juice. 
Sweet Potato Muffins
2 large sweet potatoes roasted at 350 degrees for a hour
1 can of large sweet potatoes drained
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup milk 
1 tsp. Nutmeg
a pat or two of butter
salt and pepper
marsh mallows

I was debating making a crust on these of just plain graham crackers and butter. I opted for the standard marsh mallow. These are perfectly portioned out and bake with the rest of your sides for 25-30 minutes. 

Let the potatoes rest and peel and slice them. Place into a large bowl and add the brown sugar, milk, and nutmeg along with the salt and pepper. Mix with a mixer. Butter each of the muffin tins and add a large spoonful of potatoes. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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