It is very unusual for me to have Monday off and then combined that with a Sunday off and I had enough time to get the Christmas Dinner cooked and in the freezer...WOO HOO!!
Yesterday was defrost and prep day. Today I got down to business. Turkey first......
Turkey Breasts ready for the oven.
I cook the turkey breasts on a bed of celery, carrots and onions. That makes for a real tasty gravy later. The big lump on each turkey breast is an orange where the stuffing usually goes and under the skin I put garlic and herbs. The real trick is the basting liquid....5-Alive juice concentrate!! It adds a little zip and makes the gravy taste super.
Cooked and Lookin' Great!!
The skin always gets burnt as there is sugar in the 5-Alive. But we don't eat the skin, so it really doesn't matter. As soon as they cool down, I will get them sliced and packaged for the freezer.
ALL DONE...stuffed, roasted, sliced and into the freezer.....
While the turkey was roasting, I work on bread stuffing or I guess it really is dressing as it will not get stuffed into the turkey ;o)
This is a very simple bread stuffing with that one secret ingredient...you guessed it 5-Alive!!
The family really likes the stuffing. When I asked my daughter whether she wanted Ham or Turkey for Christmas Dinner, her reply was, "I really do not care which you make as long as we have bread stuffing!"
My next project was my personal favorite...Cranberry Relish. I got this recipe from my good friend Chris Jordan and she tells me it has been handed down from generation to generation in her family. It is so good, I could just eat it as a dessert.
It is real easy to make. Put the following in a food processor
16 oz. of raw cranberries
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of sugar
2 peeled naval oranges
Zest of the two oranges
Process until well combined
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Relish can be frozen and defrosted for serving.
So there you have it...Christmas Dinner is all ready and I have the kitchen cleaned up as well. You never know when we might have a buyer come looking ;o) Boy I wish they would come today...the aroma would sell this house in a heart beat!!