A Frugal but Elegant Thanksgiving

Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving A Frugal but Elegant Thanksgiving

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      A Frugal but Elegant Thanksgiving

      Over years I have had groups of 10-12 over to our house for
      Thanksgiving and served a nice dinner with all the extras but didn’t
      break my budget. It takes planning and watching the sales early
      instead of buying everything the week before. Something else that at
      first I was reluctant to do, is not to turn away help!

      If one of
      your guests offers to bring a dish then let them! They will feel
      good about helping and you will be able to cross something off your
      list. We have to learn that we can’t do it all! I have a set of
      antique china I picked up for $10.00 at a shop in town.

      It’s
      wonderful for the holidays and you can add many Victorian touches to
      your table that are inexpensive. Use doilies, both paper and cloth
      to accent. If you don’t have a punch bowl, borrow one!

      It’s a fun
      touch and makes everyone feel festive. Have fun and relax with your
      Holiday meal; your festive attitude will be contagious and your
      guests will have a great time!

      Shopping List

      1 12-14 pound turkey (up to 10 people)
      bouillon
      fresh or dried thyme leaves
      2 boxes cornbread mix
      bag of herb/bread stuffing
      3 cans chicken broth celery onion
      3 cans French greens beans
      fresh garlic
      5 pounds potatoes
      Brown and Serve rolls
      Large can sweet potatoes or 4 fresh
      brown sugar

      Thanksgiving Turkey

      1 12-14 pound turkey
      3 tablespoons each melted margarine and oil
      3 tsp instant chicken bouillon
      1 tsp. dried thyme or 1 Tablespoon fresh
      1/2 tsp. garlic powder or two crushed cloves
      1/2 tsp.

      pepper
      2 cups water

      Rinse and stuff turkey if desired. Secure wings and legs. Place on
      rack in roasting pan .

      Combine margarine, oil, bouillon and spices.
      Whisk well. Brush turkey with mixture. Cover top of turkey with
      foil, removing halfway through cooking.

      Roast at 350 degrees for 1
      1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Add water to pan, and roast 3
      hours longer, still basting. Turkey will be done when meat
      thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180-185 degrees and juices
      run clear.

      Transfer to platter, remove stuffing to serving bowl.
      Turkey should rest about 20 minutes before slicing. Makes about 10
      servings.

      Family Style Gravy

      Drippings from pan
      Giblets, neck
      salt
      pepper
      3 tablespoons cornstarch

      If you wish, you can place giblets and neck from your turkey into a
      pan with 3 cups water and simmer for about 30 minutes to start your
      gravy. Remove the giblets and neck from broth. Then add the
      drippings from the turkey pan.

      Mix your cornstarch with 1/4 cup
      water , and add to the saucepan whisking it in. Bring to boil,
      stirring. Boil about 2 minutes until thickened.

      Season with salt and
      pepper as desired. Optional: you can place a bay leaf and chopped
      onion in with the giblets. You will also have extra flavor from
      basting the turkey with your herb mixture above.

      Mashed Potatoes

      5 pounds potatoes
      milk or cream
      salt
      4 tablespoons butter or margarine

      Peel your potatoes, cut into chunks and place in large pan, cover
      with water. (two pans can be used if necessary) Boil until tender
      when poked with fork; 20-30 minutes. Drain potatoes.

      Add the butter
      or margarine, season with salt, Add your milk or cream, as you mix
      with electric mixer. Start with a cup and add until it is the
      consistency you desire. Options: You can also mix in sour cream or
      cream cheese right before the milk, then mix.

      At the end you can add
      fresh chives and mix in with a wooden spoon.

      Herbed Green Beans

      3 cans French style green beans
      2 garlic cloves, slivered thinly
      2 tablespoons olive oil or margarine
      fresh sage, 3-4 leaves (optional)
      Other fresh herbs

      Heat your green beans until heated through. Drain well. In a large
      skillet heat oil or margarine.

      Add garlic and saut? lightly about 2
      minutes. At this point you can add the beans and heat through while
      stirring, then season with salt and pepper.

      If you have fresh herbs
      you can chop and add them in for 30 seconds before you add the
      beans. Sage works well, but so does basil, oregano or thyme. If you
      don’t grow your own herbs, look in the produce section where they
      may sell bundles of many herbs.

      Family Dressing

      4 cups crumbled cornbread
      3 eggs, beaten
      3 1/2 cups herb stuffing
      3 cans chicken broth
      1 onion, chopped fine
      1 cup celery, chopped
      1/2 tsp. pepper
      1 1/2 tsp. salt
      1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning

      Your cornbread can be made ahead with your favorite recipe or two
      small boxes of cornbread mix. You may not need it all, but feel free
      to snack on it! Combine all ingredients.

      Stuff turkey, or place in
      greased casserole and bake at 350 degrees 1 hour or until golden.

      More Holiday Tips

      Visit your bread outlet (many brand name bakeries have these) or a
      bakery for specials on rolls, bread, heat and serve rolls or
      stuffing.
      Often you can get great deals on Turkeys at your local grocery store
      with an extra $10.00 or $20.00 purchase. Watch the ads!
      Look at thrift stores for wicker baskets. You can use hot, soapy
      water and a stiff brush to clean.

      Then place paper doilies in basket
      and use on the table for rolls, breads, silverware, napkins, or you
      can even place bowls in the larger ones.
      Have extras on hand to place on the table while guests are waiting
      for dinner. Homemade Quick breads, dips and crackers or even nuts
      work well.

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