Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving Gone Wild....


May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!



My intentions were to post a Thanksgiving blog to help prepare for the big Turkey day that's just around the corner.  Don't panic!  What some people don't quite understand is that often this Holiday does not just consist of one day and one meal.  It could include days and multiple feast depending on your family plans.  Are your parents coming for a week?  Are all thirteen of the grandchildren attending?  Is your aunt lazy?  So with that line of thinking I decided that this blog would gravitate toward the other meals.  So take a look..

Edible Salad Tossers and a Bowl 

I thought I had seen it all.  But take a look at this.   

Here is the bad news.  The instructions are in French.  I have included the the link to this ever so clever baker. So all of you well-rounded individuals who speak other languages, GO for it.  That would not be me.  IF THIS DOESN'T STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION,  NOTHING WILL!  IF THIS DOESN'T IMPRESS YOUR MOTHER IN LAW.   NOTHING WILL!  

This recipe isn't exactly a Thanksgiving themed dish, however I thought it would be a good choice for a non-traditional option . If you have family and/or guest for several days this might be a easy and delicious choice for one of the other meals. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
1 pound ground chuck
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well.
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture.
Press meat mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Servings: 1 (9x5 inch) loaf
Show: Paula's Home Cooking/May/June 2006 issue

"I love this stuff" 

1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups frozen shoepeg corn, thawed
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 pound andouille sausage, cooked and diced
1/4 cup chopped green onion tops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Sauté onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until tender. Add corn, tomato, and sausage; cook, stirring often, 15 minutes. Stir in green onions, salt, and pepper; cook 5 minutes.

This is truly delicious.  This is a repeat from a previous blog but we like it so much I decided to share it again.  I have made it several times and have had several of my blog followers try it out.  Thumbs Up!  It doesn't have to be the sourdough loaf.   I actually used a jalapeno loaf that I found at the Fresh Market.  It worked perfect.  So easy!.

You may want to double this recipe. It went fast!

Insanely Amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip
Take this delicious, 5-minute prep, jalapeno cheese dip to BBQs, cookouts, parties, or any other occasion. This dish will make you the most popular person there! Serve with bread, crackers, or chips.
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
1 round loaf sourdough bread


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine jalapeno peppers, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and green chilies in a bowl. Cut the top off of the sourdough bread and hollow out the center to create a bowl. Fill the bread bowl with the jalapeno mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

And a drum roll please............

Your going to have to get creative with this one.
But we can do it! And we can keep it simple.

It appears to be a regular sized cupcake and small muffin size for the face. 
If you have your own cupcake recipe go for it, if not I would just use a store bought cake mix and icing. Obviously you would want to use chocolate for the icing. 
The chocolate sprinkles are available at most groceries, Target and even Michaels.
Now for the creative part.  The sky is the limit.  The paper products can be found at Michaels and many other party and paper stores.  I think you could just use a regular cupcake liner.  The cupcake wrap may be hard to find this late in the game.  You can order them all day long on line but it's getting a little late.  I would probably just eliminate the Save the Turkey inserts or substitute them with a name on your guest list. But that's just me.  I happen to love Turkey.  Are you wondering what those eyes are made of?  Baby marshmellows.  Easy enough!  How about a candy corn for the nose?  Get creative!

I know you have left over Pumpkins.  Use them!  If your on a budget then downsize on the flowers.  This is a lot of flowers.  Add your own greeenery from your yard.


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