Friday, November 14, 2008

FFOF 55--Thanksgiving Edition

Here we are, in high gear for Thanksgiving. This weekend will be my "practice" session with the results off to Aid for Friends, so I'm thinking of all this anyway!

#1. Stuffing. Boxed or from scratch?

Always the Pepperidge Farm blue bag, with long-sauteed celery and onion made for it first. Yum. And while I might cook it under a turkey breast, never in. Yecch.

#2. If you were served the perfect Thanksgiving dinner what would it be?

Turkey breast, no skin. Thick, creamy gravy. Stuffing as described above. Mashed sweet potatoes with the marshmallows on top. Mashed regular potatoes as well. Salad with craisins, pears, pecans, gorgonzola, and shallot dressing from How to Make Everything by Mark Bittman. Cranberry salad from My Mother's Southern Kitchen (without the pecans--a rarity for me). (And by "salad" she means "made with lemon jello.")

#3. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover?

Turkey sandwiches with lettuce, mayo on one side, and cranberry sauce on the other. Mmmmm.

#4. Share a recipe using turkey.

I'm all over Smitten Kitchen's recipe for turkey salad here. I had some leftover turkey breast right when that came out and the variation for turkey salad, which I normally don't even like, was terrific. (The original is for chicken salad, but the tarragon and the turkey really work for me.)

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brandy101 said...

Something I stared doing was using the bag stuffing cubes, and, like you, adding sauteed onion and celery BUT I also sautee finely diced carrot and add that, as well. It adds a bit of sweetness and color to the stuffing and goes so well with the rest of it all.

Domestic Goddess said...

I make it from scratch. The stuffing, that is. I spend hours cubing and ripping the stale bread to pieces, bread which I've saved for weeks in the freezer.

But I cook it in the turkey. I know, I know. You ain't supposed to. But that's the way my mom did it. Tradition!

Cairo Typ0 said...

I've never tried the pepperidge farm stuffing before but everyone always tells me they're super tasty. I'll have to try it sometime! (Like i need another excuse to eat stuffing! LOL) :)

Karen said...

So the blue bag is the secret! Aha!

Elle said...

We use old french bread ends saved in the freezer starting in September!

Corrin said...

You're the 2nd or 3rd person to mention the Pepperidge Farms stuffing mix. I'm going to have to pick up a bag and give it a try.