9:00 am – The pies are in the oven and the sweet potatoes are in the crock pot (please let these work).
- 8 apples: peeled, cored and sliced thin
- 3/4 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 3 T flour
- 3/4 sugar
- 1 T lemon juice
Pumpkin Pie – bake 425° for 15 minutes then 350° for 30-40 minutes
- 1 can pumpkin
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 stick cream cheese (room temp)
- 1/4 t nutmeg
10:00 am – The pies are done and the stuffing ingredients are ready to start. The sweet potatoes are turned down to low in the crock pot
- 4 pound sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 t grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t ground cardamom
- 1 t kosher salt
- Combine the liquid ingredients in the crock pot and heat until the honey melts
- Add the potatoes and cook 6-8 hours on low
11:00 am – The stuffing is in the crock pot
- 16 oz bread – cubed and dried overnight
- 2 T butter
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 pound Crimini mushrooms – sliced
- 2 bunches green onions – chopped
- 2 stalks celery – chopped
- 2/3 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped
- 1 T fresh oregano – chopped
- 1 T fresh sage – chopped
- 1 T fresh thyme – chopped
- 1.5 t kosher salt
- 3/4 t ground black pepper
- 1 3/4 c chicken broth
- 1 egg – beaten
- Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet add the mushrooms and cook about 8 minutes or until soft.
- Add the green onions, celery, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper and saute about 10 minutes.
- Add the mixture, broth and egg to the bread and combine.
- Cook in a crock pot for 45 minutes on high followed by 4-8 hours on low
The turducken is up at the in-law’s house roasting away as well. I sent Noah up to get a quick picture. It’s been roasting for six hours – and should have 3 to go. OOPS, My Mother-in-law just called and the turducken is done; three hours early. Luckily her oven has a “keep warm” feature so it will just take a little nap until we’re ready.
2:30 – Now I’m just basting the turkey and finishing the table. I peeled seven pounds of potatoes for the mashed potatoes and have them soaking in some water. Next I think I’ll prep the broccoli and make the turducken gravy after Joe brings the pan back from his mom’s house.
3:00 – The first batch of gravy is made (turducken) and the potatoes and broccoli are just hanging out.
4:00 to 10;30 pm – First guests arrived…. Everything went well. Great company, good food, the dishes are done; all-in-all, a lovely holiday.