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...
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, loaded with ground turkey and lots of veggies, the classic lightened up! Have you ever heard of a healthy shepherd’s pie? Well, you have now! Today’s recipe is a lighter version of the classic shepherd’s pie. In our version, we mix seasoned ground turkey with lots of yummy vegetables and top it off with a flavorful sweet potato mash and a touch of melty cheese! Look at how colorful that filling it! You should always eat the rainbow to make sure you are getting the proper nutrients. Normally when you think of a shepherd’s pie, it might be something heavy and topped with more mashed potatoes than filling. But, not in this ground turkey shepherd’s pie! On top of the filling is a thin layer of sweet potatoes that have been mashed together with red potatoes. This gives a nice balance to the dish without weighing it down. Oh, and don’t forget that cheese, my personal favorite part! The recipe below actually makes two casseroles! If you just want to make one, half all the ingredients. But, I highly recommend making two, one for tonight and one for dinner another night. It is super easy to just go ahead and make a double batch now, freeze one and pop it out whenever you are craving sweet potato shepherds pie! I really hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash! Please visit my other blog, ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com for even more yummy recipes! Print Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Ingredients 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 4 large red potatoes 2 peeled/2 with skins...
Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

If your mouth was throwing a party, fresh pineapple, curry powder, and sticky rice would be the superstars on the invite list.  I love EVERYTHING about those three.  Combine them together AND I won’t stop eating until either my stomach bursts or I run out of food.  Whichever comes first. Remember our heart to heart about rice in my Steak Stir-fry recipe?  Let me put my hands on your shoulders just in case I need to shake you in a minute.  Sticky rice is the only way to go.  Not only will it make you look like a master chopstick user, but the quality is MILES above the rest. Just to make sure you don’t get mushy instead of sticky, I suggest buying rice in packaging you can’t read because it’s all in characters.  I really like the Homai brand at Costco.  Here are a couple of Amazon’s top picks.  I’m actually excited to try the Tamanishiki.  It sounds legit!  It’s worth investing in some quality rice. I lived in Taiwan for 18 months over 8 years ago.  Even though time has past, my mouth has a great memory. How could it forget juice running down my chin after gracefully (HA!) biting into a fresh mango? Or the creamy peanut butter that resembled dessert more than a nut butter?  Seriously… why does Taiwan’s taste so much better than ours? BUT, one of my most favorite dishes was pineapple fried rice. Let’s just say I don’t think 99% of Taiwan’s ‘restaurants’ would pass FDA’s safety laws.  You purchase most meals from street food vendors.  The tried and tested method for preventing food contamination was having a fan turned on high with a couple...
Quinoa and Tomato Stuffed Bell Peppers

Quinoa and Tomato Stuffed Bell Peppers

Since my stuffed zucchini recipe, I intently assess every vegetable with hopes of eventually stuffing it. Veggies stuffed with other veggies smothered with cheese.  Sign me up!  Bell peppers obviously beg to be stuffed since they form a little bowl once hollowed out.  Now… let’s go stuff these bad boys with some good stuff. My husband is not exaaaaactly a quinoa enthusiast.  Shame.  However, I always get a little burst of excitement when he doesn’t like something.  It’s like an intense game of chess where I move one ingredient here and another there and before you know it… checkmate!  He’s falling in love with something he previously hated like these sneaky quinoa scrumptious stuffed peppers. Why did I use a chess analogy?  I’m seriously horrible, and he always beats me.  I’m way too competitive to admit my subpar chess abilities to him…. so let’s just keep this between you and me. For my fellow quinoa admirers, do not pass go, do not collect $200, and go directly to my balsamic quinoa salad!  Now that it’s finally warming up (I kid you not… we had a foot of snow dumped two weeks ago), you’ll want to whip up this recipe the first time you fire up the grill for the season. Okay… chess?  Monopoly?  I’m getting way off track.  Peppers, Kami.  Talk about the amazingly delicious stuffed bell peppers!   Okay, just a couple parting tips before you get to the recipe.  Depending on how large and how much you stuff your peppers, you may need to adjust the baking time.  You only need to bake long enough until the ground beef or turkey is thoroughly cooked....

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