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You can keep these pecans in an airtight container for up to one week. They're delicious with cocktails or as part of a cheese plate with sharp cheddar and sliced apples.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine all ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl, tossing well to coat. Spread mixture evenly on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Coat nuts with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Even if you are only serving the turkey to a small group, it is great to have leftovers for sandwiches. Briefly boiling the thyme and black pepper in water extracts the flavor and helps infuse the brine. If the turkey starts to brown too fast, shield with aluminum foil. Serve with mashed red potatoes and roasted baby carrots.
Combine 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons pepper, and thyme sprigs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Add remaining 6 cups water, salt, honey, and sugar, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour salt mixture into a 2-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Add ice and turkey; seal. Refrigerate 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally. Remove turkey from bag, and discard brine. Pat turkey dry with paper towels.
Rub turkey with oil. Combine 1 tablespoon pepper and chopped thyme; rub over turkey.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Place the turkey on a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until thermometer inserted into thickest portion of the breast registers 180°. Place turkey on a platter. Cover with foil; let stand 15 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
Plan a home-style dinner like grandma used to make with only 30 minutes of prep work for this chicken and dressing recipe. You'll come home to a house with smells reminiscent of Sunday suppers with the family.
Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 5-quart round slow cooker. Dot evenly with butter.
Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or on LOW 7 hours or until set. Stir well before serving.
These take just a brief turn in the pan--slicing the sprouts cuts down on their cooking time. The dish's sweet, buttery flavors mellow the bite of the Brussels sprouts.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in Brussels sprouts; sauté 2 minutes. Add broth and sugar; cook 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in salt. Sprinkle with pecans.
This slow-cooker sweet potato casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser, whether for a holiday meal or a casual family dinner.
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add whipping cream; stir well. Pour into a lightly greased 3-quart slow cooker.
Combine pecans and remaining 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes.
Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours.
Alternative to the Oven: This is a great holiday side that cooks on the countertop while your turkey and dressing fill your oven.
Dual Slow-Cooker Menu:
* Roasted turkey
* Cornbread dressing
* Cranberry sauce
* Green Bean Casserole
Serve this cranberry congealed salad at holiday gatherings for a festive and colorful side dish. Got leftovers? Spoon into parfait glasses with a mixture of cream cheese and whipped topping.
Process cranberries in a food processor 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped, stopping once to scrape down sides.
Stir together cranberries and sugar in a bowl; set aside.
Stir together gelatin and 2 cups boiling water in a large bowl 2 minutes or until gelatin dissolves. Add juice, and chill 30 minutes or until consistency of unbeaten egg whites.
Stir in cranberry mixture, pineapple, celery, and pecans. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-cup Bundt pan; cover and chill 8 hours or until firm.
Unmold onto a lettuce-lined platter. Fill center of ring with pickled peaches and fresh mint sprigs. Garnish, if desired.
Frosted Cranberry Congealed Salad Parfaits: Beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Fold in 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed. Layer parfait glasses evenly with leftover salad and cream cheese mixture.
This frozen torte is a great make–ahead alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. Tasty gingersnap cookies form the crust, which is topped with pumpkin–flavored ice cream and drizzled with both caramel and hot fudge toppings. You may never return to pumpkin pie.
1. Place about a third of the cookies in a zip-lock plastic bag, seal bag, and roll with a rolling pin until cookies are finely crushed; pour into a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim (at least 2 in. tall). Repeat to crush remaining cookies (you need 1 3/4 cups total) and pour into pan. Add sugar and butter and mix. Press cookie mixture over bottom and about 1 inch up sides of pan.
2. Bake crust in a 325° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes, then chill or freeze until cold, 5 to 10 minutes.
3. In a chilled large bowl, mix pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 cup of the caramel topping until smooth. Add ice cream and mix until blended.
4. Working quickly, spoon about a third of the ice cream mixture into the cold crust. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons caramel topping and 2 tablespoons fudge sauce (if fudge sauce is too stiff, warm slightly in a microwave oven at full power (100%), stirring once, just until fluid, 15 to 30 seconds); sprinkle half the Candied Walnuts on top. Repeat with two more layers, omitting nuts on the top layer. Freeze until solid, about 5 hours, then cover and freeze up to 1 week.
5. About 15 minutes before serving, remove sides from pan, set torte on a serving plate, and let stand in refrigerator to soften slightly. Cut into wedges. Serve with additional caramel topping and fudge sauce (warm and stir again if too stiff) to add to taste.
Barbara's Peppery Pecans
Honey and Thyme-Brined Turkey Breast
Grandma Dean's Chicken and Dressing
Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
Cranberry Congealed Salad
Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte with Ginger Crust
This traditional feast is big on style and flavor, but features time- and space-saving tricks. (Serves 10-12)
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