Easy Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

Easy Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

This rich, flavorful simple leftover turkey chili recipe will make you wish you had leftover turkey more often!  Why is Thanksgiving only once a year?!?! Let’s face it.  I think most of us love the holidays, but we all need a holiday to recover from the holidays.  This was my first time hosting Thanksgiving at my home and actually LOVED every single minute.  I felt like such a big girl!  We moved to Austin, Texas a year ago and decided to stay in our new home for Thanksgiving.  My brother and his amazing family live less than an hour away and joined us.  With kids similar ages, it was truly magically.  Lots of laughter, great food, late nights, and wonderful memories created. I’m also 20 weeks pregnant and after the week long of fun, cooking, baking, cleaning and standing on my feet for pretty much 24/7 the entire 7 day Thanksgiving break, my poor hips and back feel like they’re broken.  My fellow moms out there TOTALLY understand that life still continues even when Mom Boss is slightly out of commission.  SO my family still needs to eat dinner despite me wanting to spend my following week living in a spa and massage therapist office.  This SUPER easy and enjoyable leftover turkey chili recipe was a lifesaver. Remember how this was my first time hosting Thanksgiving?  Well, of course I needed to smoke the largest turkey I could find even though we only had 4 adults and 5 small children.  Makes sense, right?  Well, shockingly I had lots of leftover turkey (super juicy and tender) BUT tons of leftover...
Best Turkey Gravy

Best Turkey Gravy

This turkey gravy recipe is not only easy, but also THE best and most creamy, savory turkey gravy! I grew up making gravy for my family’s weekly Sunday dinner.  As a kid, I took this responsibility very seriously!  Every Sunday, my mom would make Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots.  I would make the gravy from all the remaining drippings and juices.  It was the final step before dinner was ready to be served and felt a sense of pride once completing. Whether you’re making beef gravy or turkey gravy, it’s the same, simple process.  Gravy is relatively simple, however it can also quickly become lumpy or too thick.  The trick is to bring the liquid to a rolling boil and start stirring with a whisk prior to pouring the cornstarch mixture.  I pour the cornstarch mixture directly over where I’m stirring with my whisk.  Also, I watch the texture closely.  Once I start noticing any thickening, I stop pouring my cornstarch mixture BUT continue consistently stirring.  After about 10 seconds, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you need to add additional cornstarch mixture. If you’re making the gravy from my Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe, the juices and broth will already be full of flavor.  However, if you test taste your gravy and feel it still needs more flavor, I would try adding salt and pepper 1/4 tsp at a time.  You should quickly reach the flavor you’re looking for. Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Gravy making! Print Best Turkey Gravy This turkey gravy recipe is full of flavor, simple, and will perfectly compliment your turkey or any...
Best Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe

Best Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe

If you are looking for THE most irresistible, juicy best smoked turkey recipe, you’ve come to the right place. When smoking a whole turkey, you need to start preparing 4 to 5 days prior to smoking.  First, if your turkey is still frozen, it can take up to 3 full days to safely thaw your turkey in the refrigerator.  You MUST have a thawed turkey before brining your turkey which takes an additional 24 hours.  This is all preparation prior to smoking your turkey for 7 to 8 hours.  I cannot emphasize the importance of preparing ahead.  Trust me…  your smoked thanksgiving turkey will be a highlight for years and worth the time, but it does take some planning ahead. I’ve brined several whole chickens and turkeys prior to smoking.  Every. Single. Time. I’m grateful I took the extra time and preparation.  Although your smoked whole turkey would still turn out somewhat decent without brining, there is a distinct difference between brining and not brining.  It turns out SO juicy!!! To prepare the brine, I like to make sure my brown sugar and salt are dissolved.  I quickly add the brown sugar, salt, and just enough water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil only until the sugar and salt are dissolved.  Add the mixture to the additional water and submerge your turkey.  Double check the turkey is fully submerged (especially the breast portion). So the next step will potentially gross you out… but don’t skip it!  You have to gently separate as much skin from the turkey breast as possible and generously spread the butter all...
Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

This savory classic stuffing recipe will be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving Turkey.  The combination of just a few seasonings creates a flavorful, easy to prepare bread stuffing recipe. Full disclosure here:  I have not always been the biggest fan of stuffing at Thanksgiving.  It’s a staple though.  Stuffing must accompany turkey at Thanksgiving.  It’s a tradition! SO after several years of experimenting with stuffing, I discovered I like mine a little more crispy rather than moist and soft.  In order to create more of a crunchy texture, I bake my stuffing instead of stuffing the turkey with my bread stuffing.  Also, it’s pretty simple to adjust the texture of this recipe by adjusting how long you bake the stuffing uncovered.  For softer more moist stuffing, bake uncovered for a shorter amount of time.  For more crisp, crunchy stuffing, bake uncovered for a little longer time.  No worries… I provide exact times and instructions in the recipe. When I was hunting for fresh bread crumbs, I asked one of the bakery employees at my local grocery store for help with my search.  She was so kind to walk me directly over to the bakery and instruct the lady behind the counter to slice a fresh loaf of bread two ways!  I had my choice of whole wheat, white, sour dough, and asiago loaves.  The kind lady grabbed my whole wheat loaf, sliced that baby two ways, and made my fresh bread cubes!  I’m excited to try the sour dough and asiago bread next. Most traditional stuffing recipes instruct you to use stale bread or to dry or lightly...
Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut squash, juicy apples, and mustard vinaigrette make the perfect roasted butternut squash salad. It’s officially the holiday season!!!  Let the delicious food start raining down.  My most favorite holiday traditions are created around food.  From my earliest memory down to present time, Thanksgiving always includes an extravagant amount of food with endless snacking throughout the day.  Stretchy pants are a must on Turkey Day. Along with traditional juicy turkey and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and classical stuffing, a variety of delicious sides need to accompany those classical main dishes.  If you want a guaranteed win, look no farther than this butternut squash salad. To make preparation a little quicker, check out the produce section for butternut squash already chopped and packaged.  Also, you don’t have to roast the apples.  You can keep the apples fresh and crunchy instead of roasting and add them to the salad per the instructions. I hope you enjoy the anticipation leading up to Thanksgiving as much as I do!  I also can’t wait for you to indulge on this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad!   Print Butternut Squash Salad Roasted butternut squash with tart apples combined with a tangy mustard dressing makes a perfect salad for any occasion. Prepare your tastebuds for pure deliciousness! Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 6 people Ingredients 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 small butternut squash peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 10 cups organic spring...

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