Entrée (Main Course
Orange & Tarragon roast turkey
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 3 hrs and 30 mins - 4 hrs
Serves 8 with leftovers
11-12lb turkey , rinsed and dried
3 ½ oz butter , softened
½ oz pack tarragon , 2 tbsp finely chopped, rest tied in a bunch with string
2 garlic cloves , crushed
1 onion , quartered
5 oz. dry white wine
sage or tarragon sprigs, to serve
Heat oven to 350*.
Line a roasting tin with a very generous length of double thickness foil.
Weigh the turkey to calculate the cooking time, allowing 40 mins per 2 lb for the first 4kg, then 50 mins for every 2lb over that weight (a turkey this size should take 3½-4 hrs).
Put the butter in a bowl and finely grate the zest from the orange on top.
Add the chopped tarragon, garlic and seasoning and mix well.
You can make this 3 days ahead.
Gently push your fingers under the turkey skin, starting from the neck end of the bird, easing the skin away from the breast and the top of the drumsticks.
Now spread the flavoured butter under the skin, taking care not to tear it.
You won’t be able to reach all the way down to the drumsticks,
but you can ease the butter along by smoothing it through the skin.
Quarter the orange and tuck into the turkey cavity with the onion and the bunch of tarragon. You can do this the night before.
Season the turkey with salt and pepper, then lift it onto the foil-lined roasting tin.
Pour the wine into the cavity of the turkey, then bring up the sides of the foil and cover the top of the bird with a layer of foil.
Roast according to your calculated time.
Thirty mins before the end of cooking time, remove the foil from the top of the turkey.
To test if the turkey is cooked, pierce the fattest part of the thigh with a skewer – the juices that run out should be clear, not pink. If they are pink, continue to roast, checking at 10-min intervals.
Remove the turkey, transfer to a warm serving platter and let it rest, covered loosely with the foil, for 30-40 mins before carving. Serve the turkey decorated with herbs.
Mini Green Bean Casseroles
Here's a fabulous twist on a popular holiday casserole. Refrigerated biscuits form the crusts that hold a classic mixture of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, milk, Cheddar cheese and French fried onions. It's a fun way to enjoy an all-time favorite dish.
Prep:15 mins Cook:25 mins
Vegetable cooking spray
4 cups cooked cut green beans
1 (10.75 ounce) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free) – substitute fresh mushrooms
½ cup milk
1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (2.8 ounce) can French Fried Onions – substitute fresh onions – see below
2 (16 ounce) packages refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits or make you own from scratch
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 16 (2 1/2-inch) muffin-pan cups with the cooking spray. Stir the green beans, soup, milk, 1 cup cheese and 2/3 cup onions in a large bowl.
Roll each biscuit into a 4-inch circle. Press the biscuit circles into the bottoms and up the sides of the muffin-pan cups. Divide the green bean mixture among the biscuit cups.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the biscuit cups are golden brown. Stir the remaining cheese and onions in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the green bean mixture.
Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Let the minis cool in the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes.
281 calories; protein 7.3g 15% DV; carbohydrates 29.2g 9% DV; fat 14.8g 23% DV; cholesterol 12.5mg 4% DV; sodium 823.8mg 33% DV.
If you prefer to make home cooked French fried onions, this is a great recipe. I use my mandoline to get the thinnest slices.
Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch
Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 oz
▢2.5 cups Homemade buttermilk(or store bought) http://www.servedfromscratch.com/5-minute-homemade-buttermilk/
▢4 cups Thinly sliced onions, halves and rings of small onions
▢3 cups All purpose flour
▢1 tsp Kosher salt
▢1/4 tsp Fresh ground pepper
▢4 cups Vegetable oil
Soak onions in buttermilk for at least 10 minutes.
In a shallow dish add flour, salt, and pepper and mix well.
In a large pan heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees. To test to see if your oil is ready for frying, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil and if it bubbles around the handle then it's ready.
Dredge buttermilk soaked onions in flour until well coated and add to oil, frying in batches until golden brown then remove form oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Continue with all of the onions with additional paper towel lined plates after a double layer of onions are on one.
Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a dry cool place for up to a few days.
Fresh Herb Turkey Stuffing
Fresh herb turkey stuffing made with a variety of bread including croissants, cornbread, white, and wheat bread.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Keyword Fresh Herb Turkey Stuffing
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 20 servings as a side dish
Calories 126 kcal
16 cups dried bread cut into bite size pieces
2 cups celery diced
1 large onion chopped
3/4 cup butter yes, that's a lot
2 tablespoons fresh sage
1 tablespoons fresh thyme
1 tablespoons fresh rosemary
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 -3 cups turkey stock
salt and pepper to taste
Place dried bread in a large bowl. Set aside.
Butter a large baking dish. Set aside
In a large skillet saute onions and celery in melted butter until soft. Add fresh herbs.
Pour over dried bread. Mix well
Slowly add turkey stock until you reach your desired consistency.
Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Alternatively stuffing can be put into the cavity of a turkey and roasted with the bird.
Use a variety of bread to create great flavors.
Add cornbread or brioche for sweetness.
I like to salt after turkey stock has been added to prevent from over salting. (Done that)
I highly recommend dense croissants...not the airy kind. Note: this will up the calories.
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