Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back to the Basics

Conversations on French food will be on hold for a week. Its back to the basics-getting ready for Thanksgiving. Check out these cute easy turkey Oreos

The photo below is the turkey cookie made in a kindergarten class.  The Oreo cookie is opened and canned chocolate frosting is used to secure the candy corn and a malted milk ball. 
This is a great kid friendly recipe site with lots of creative ideas.
Wild Rice Cornbread Stuffing

Cook’s note: This stuffing can be made a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. You may need more than 3 cups of chicken broth to have mixture moist right before baking.

  • 1 TB.Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3/4 lb. Italian sweet sausage (casing removed)
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice 
  • 3 ribs of celery chopped fine
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth (use low sodium-low fat)
  • 1 box of cornbread cooked in an 8 inch square pan
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread cut in cubes
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • ¾ cup toasted pecans
  • 2-3 TB.dried parsley flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 TB fresh chopped sage or 1 tsp. dried sage
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • Bake cornbread according to directions on box. Cool then crumble and place on a cookie sheet to dry out overnight
  • Do the same for the whole wheat bread crumbs to dry out
  • Sauté in a fry pan with olive oil onions, celery and garlic-cook 5-7 minutes
  • Add sausage and cook till browned 5-7 minutes
  • In a large pot bring chicken broth to boil, add thyme, sage,parsley, onion, celery sausage, cooked wild rice and garlic. 
  • Add cubed bread and cornbread. Mix well
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Fold in pecans and cranberries
  • Place in a greased casserole and bake @ 350 for 35 minutes covered

1 comment:

  1. For many years, my mom made turkey cookies for Thanksgiving when her grandchildren were little. They did not look like these, but rather used a caramel and a fudge-striped cookie and candy corn or Hershey kiss. I may have some of the ingredients wrong. It was more about the love involved in the making of these than anything which made them so desired.