Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Food Friday Five

1. Turkey: love it? hate it? self-basted? fry it or roast it? Tofu-turkey? Tell me more. (I’ve only had one roasted turkey come out totally delish so I’m fishing for your tips!) There is just something about eating Turkey on Thanksgiving. I don't hate turkey but I wouldn't say I love it either. I do like it though! And totally roast it.

2. Stuffing: bagged? homemade? sage? sausage? cornbread? oysters? nuts? Got any inspiration for me? I love, love, love STUFFING! Any kind of stuffing too. I have even been known to make Stovetop stuffing for supper. I know, I know, not the healthiest choice but it is such a comfort food for me.

3. Cranberries: When we celebrated Thanksgiving in Europe one year, our French friends thought we were nuts to choose a very sour berry and then load it with sugar. (Let alone the stuff that comes out of a can in a blob of gelatinous ooze!) What do you do with cranberries? Sorry I just cannot do cranberries!

4. Potatoes: (Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew…) What’s your pleasure? I'm a girl who loves carbs so potatoes are on the top of my list. I like them mashed. I like them in a stew. I like them fried. And I also love sweet potatoes...especially candied sweet potatoes.

5. Pie: I’m married to the Pie Man. Anything but coconut pie floats his boat. What do you make? (or buy?) Pumpkin? Pecan? Apple? I can't remember the last time I made a pie. But I like just about any kind of, pecan, cococonut cream and so much more. My fave is pecan though.

BONUS: A recipe that you’ve tried out and will make it to your table this year. I don't cook the meal but if I were to bring something, I would probably bring some of my pumpkin muffins. I found these on Pinterest and they were such a big hit.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the cinnamon streusel topping:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
To make the streusel topping, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add cold butter and toss to coat, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, butter, eggs and vanilla.
Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Sprinkle with reserved topping, using your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter.
Place into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, butter and milk. Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar as needed.
When the muffins are done, cool for 10 minutes and drizzle the glaze on each muffin.
Allow glaze to set before serving.

1 comment:

  1. I have put that muffin recipe in my folder of new things to try. I always seem to have an extra can of pumpkin around!

    I'll see how my turkey turns out this year. I am getting more practice!

    FYI - Stovetop has MSG in some of their mixes now. For people like me, that's not good (I react to it)

    Thanks for playing! :)


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