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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Thanksgiving Dinner - Turkey / Stuffing / Gravy / Green Beans

Estimated Servings: 4

Step 1: Cook the turkey

8 turkey cutlets
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons olive oil

Turn your stove on medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large pan. Then season all of the turkey cutlets on both sides with salt and pepper and dredge all of the cutlets in some flour. Now cook 2 cutlets at a time for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown sears on both sides of every cutlet. Once they have completed cooking, place the cutlets on a plate and cover them with foil to keep them warm. Repeat this process with the rest of the cutlets.

Step 2: Make the gravy

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper

For the gravy, make sure to use the same pan that the turkey cutlets were cooked in which have the turkey dipping still in it (the drippings give the gravy more flavor). Turn your stove on medium high heat and add in the butter. Once the butter had melted completely, add in the flour and whisk it with the butter until a light brown color forms. Next pour in the chicken broth whisking it until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency. Then turn your stove down to low and season it with salt and pepper while whisking it in. Finally pour the gravy into a serving bowl.

Step 3: Prepare the stuffing

2 tablespoons butter
1 leek
½ cup chopped celery
4 cups crumbled cornbread
1 Gala apple
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper

To prep the leek, cut it in half lengthwise and slice it into about ½ inch slices. Then soak the slices in cold water to clean them and spin the leek slices in a salad spinner to dry them. Next core the apple and cut them up into bite-size pieces. Then turn your stove on medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add in the leeks, celery, apples, salt, and pepper stirring them up to combine the flavors. Once the apples have broken down and softened, add in the corn bread crumbles and poultry seasoning and mix them up. Next, pour in the chicken broth to bring the stuffing together.

Step 4: Sauté the green beans

8 cups water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 pound trimmed green beans
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Turn your stove on high heat, bring water to a boil and add in the green beans. Cook the green beans for about 4-5 minutes or until fork tender and then drain them. Then turn your stove on medium high heat and add oil and garlic to a large pan. Next add in the cooked green beans and sauté them for about 1-2 minutes. Then season them with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, scoop some stuffing, plate the green beans, and add the turkey with gravy. 

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