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Top Thanksgiving Recipes – 2016 Edition

Posted on November 17th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

TABLE OF CONTENTS Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Easy Turkey Recipe Traditional Turkey Recipe Fastest Turkey Recipe Thanksgiving Side Dishes Stuffing Recipes Mac & Cheese Recipes Sweet Potatoes Recipes Brussel Sprouts Recipes Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes Gravy Recipes Cranberry Sauces Recipes Other Fun Side Dishes Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Pumpkin Pie Recipes Other Dessert Recipes Thanksgiving Preparation Tips The Holidays are here! And Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away leaving us all searching for ideas of what to prepare for our family, guests or coworkers at the company potluck.  However, we all know that preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat and especially if you’re trying to do it on your own! So, that’s where we come in! We’ve searched for the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes and we also have some tips and instructions on how you should tackle this meal and leave everyone wobbling and gobbling for more! Get it? Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes: At your table, this will be the guest of honor! The question is how will it arrive? Roasted, deep-fried, smoked, spatchcocked and the list goes on! Despite the long and elaborate list of options, we decided to go with the most “traditional” way, roasting, as well as the fastest way. There is one thing we need you to keep in mind before you continue reading. You need 3-4 days for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before roasting day arrives. So if you’re reading this on or around November 19th, go get your turkey! We’ll be here when you get back! Easy Turkey Recipe: Easy Roast Turkey by Chowhound Easy. Roast. Turkey. Need they say more? We’ve come to agree that this turkey recipe is by far, sweet, easy and to the point. However, leave it up to our chefs at FTC to add a few tips that will help raise the flavor bar just a few notches. Roast a few garlic cloves the night before or the day and spread of them under the skin. When you roast garlic cloves they turn into butter. If you really like garlic, feel free to rub it everywhere!   We all know turkey can taste a bit dry, but it doesn’t have to! If you like your meats to have a bit of a citrusy taste, take the juice of a few oranges and inject the juice into the turkey. If you’re not a huge fan of citrus, buy a nice Italian dressing, yes! Italian dressing has all the desired flavors and when using it for roasting the end result promises to be superb! Traditional Turkey Recipe: Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey – By FoodNetwork We don’t think it can get more traditional than “Pioneer-Style”! This delicious creation is by none other than the famous Mr. Bobby Flay! Our FTC chefs give this recipe a five star review! If you have the time and the ingredients, this recipe promises to be flavorful and does not require any altering or figuring out. Can’t get better than that! Fastest Turkey Recipes: Spatchcock Turkey by Ovens.Reviewed Butterfly roast turkey by Seriouseats When we say fastest, we are referring to the cooking time. Depending on the size, a turkey can take hours to cook and making sure it has cooked through properly is always a challenge, especially if you’re a first-timer in the thanksgiving turkey game. So, here is an alternative way for you to still make a delicious turkey, while having it cooked to perfection in HALF the time! Butterfly it! Yes, cut out that backbone and flatten it before roasting! “Spatchcocking Is Still the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Roast a Turkey” Thanksgiving Side Dishes: What would the guest of honor be without its entourage? Even though a well-prepared turkey will steal the show, delicious side dishes are necessary additions to its performance. If the different ways of preparing a turkey seemed never-ending, the different sides you can choose from will take the cake! From stuffing to sweet mashed potatoes, to corn and Brussel sprouts, and we can’t forget the cranberry sauce; the list for sides goes on and on, but the plus is that you can go with whatever you like! That’s right, there’s ultimately no right or wrong choice to make on your side dishes. Our FTC chefs decided to choose a few of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes and give you a few different options for each! Stuffing recipes Cornbread stuffing by BudgetSavydiva Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing by Damndelicious Slow Cooker Cranberry pecan Stuffing by Damndelicious Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta recipe by Foodnetwork Mac & Cheese Recipes Macaroni and Cheese Recipe By Foodnetwork The Mac and Cheese recipe by Thatwhichnourishes Macaroni Cheese recipe by Thepioneerwoman Three-Cheese Spaghetti Squash Gratin (non pasta option ) by Chowhound Sweet potatoes Recipes Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Bake  by Food.com Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter and Toasted Marshmallows by AllRecipes Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes by FoodNetwork Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan by Cafedelites  Brussel Sprouts Recipes Roasted Brussels sprouts Recipe by Foodnetwork Quick Brussels and Bacon Recipe by AllRecipes Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat Yourself Skinny Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes  Gravy Recipes: Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe By Ohmyveggies Homemade Turkey Gravy by Whatsgabycooking The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe By Momontimeout Make ahead Turkey Thanksgiving Gravy by Noblepig Want to combine Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes? Here you go: Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by TheFoodCharlatan Cranberry Sauces Recipes: How to make a cranberry sauce: the Basics by Chowhound Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce by The Farmgirlgabs Cranberry Sauce Recipe By Food Network Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Allrecipes.com Other fun (not as traditional) side dishes: Easy Pumpkin Pasties Recipe by Popsugar Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I should be mopping the floor Cranberry Brie Crostini By Neighborfood Blog Brie Baked Cheese Appetizer By Growingupbagel Spinach Puffs By Deliciouslydeclassified Sweet and Spicy Sausage stuffed mushrooms By Thesuburbansoapbox Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:  Pumpkin Pie Recipes Classic Pumpkin Pie By Foodnessgracious Apple Pie By Audrey’s Apron […]

Holiday recipes that will make you Gobble till you Wobble!

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

It’s the holiday season, a time of presents, family and more importantly eating until we enter food comas. During this time of roasted ham, turkey, chicken and all sorts of traditional dishes, it is important and crucial to not neglect the sides. Let’s go beyond the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The Culinary Program at Florida Technical College is here to brighten your dishes with holiday yumminess and cheer. Here is a list of some knock-your-holiday-socks-off, side dish recipes that will be sure to impress even the grumpiest scrooge this holiday season: Loaded mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes always have and will be a staple of all holiday dinners. If you thought that the buttery carbs couldn’t get better, think again! Serve this at your next holiday dinner and your family will have a new holiday favorite. Ingredients • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed • 3/4 cup sour cream • 1/2 cup milk • 3 tablespoons butter • Salt and pepper to taste • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled • 3 green onions, sliced Directions 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven with water and cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions. 2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Yields: 14 servings. Bacon, Onion and Rye Bread Stuffing Stuffing is Thanksgiving’s overall theme. We stuff ourselves with stuffing that we used to stuff our turkey. Stuffing can either be the favorite at a dinner or a neglected side. This bacon, onion and rye bread stuffing is sure to be a crowd favorite. Ingredients • One 9-inch-long loaf seeded rye bread, cut into 1-inch cubes • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice • 1 teaspoon chopped sage • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves • 1/2 pound piece of bacon slab, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch dice • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth • 1 egg • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toast the rye bread cubes for about 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until lightly golden and dry. Transfer the bread to a large bowl. 2. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery; cook over moderate heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape into the bowl with the bread. 3. Wipe out the skillet. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to the bowl with the bread. In a medium bowl, whisk the chicken broth with the egg. Pour over the bread mixture and add the kosher salt and pepper. Toss until the bread soaks up the liquid. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. 4. Bake the stuffing for about 30 minutes, until hot throughout. Remove the foil and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Swinging away from the bacon we stumble onto the Italian version of bacon-pancetta. Brussels sprouts will always appear on holiday tables but very few times with this delicious Italian twist. Ingredients • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 pound sliced pancetta, diced • 4 shallots, thinly sliced • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered • Salt and freshly ground pepper • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 lemon, juiced Directions 1. Heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or large skillet. 2. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crisp. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and potatoes and toss to combine. 3. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the vegetables are cooked through and golden brown. 4. Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the butter and lemon juice. Transfer to a platter and top with the reserved pancetta. This holiday season while you’re preparing these fun and delicious treats, why not think about a career in culinary arts? The holidays are a time of recreating classics and making them your own, which is done on a daily basis by professional chefs across the country. Here at Florida Technical College we pride ourselves in creating the innovative chefs of tomorrow. We also offer financial aid to those who qualify. Don’t wait any longer, call today and have people creating your staple dishes for all their upcoming holiday gatherings!