Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Three Year Tradition

You've heard of Christmas in July, right? Well, for the last three years, we have been celebrating Thanksgiving in August. Long ago we decided that the traditional turkey dinner was just too good to have only once a year, plus it never hurts to be reminded how much we all have to be thankful for.

So we gather the group of guys that my husband plays golf with on a regular basis and their wives and have a modified dinner. Don roasts a large turkey on the gas grill, I make mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and we provided the beverages. Everyone else brings a dish, so it really is not all that much work.

Choosing the date is one of the first things we do at the beginning of the summer and everyone looks forward to it. Unfortunately there are always a few couples who have other obligations and are unable to attend. Last night we had 13 here.

Ten days ago Don broke three ribs so our entertaining plans for last week-end had to be canceled. That is why I did not have any new recipes to share with you this week--I did not make them! 

But he insisted on going ahead with the Thanksgiving plans, and honestly, he improved a lot by the middle of the week. The turkey was grilled to perfection.

His secret to keeping it moist is to stuff the cavity with oranges, grapefruit, apples, lemons, limes--quarter pieces. Additionally add garlic, celery, fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage--whatever you like.  
Rub olive oil on the outside. If it starts to get too brown, cover with foil.

Everything was yummy from the deviled eggs to the four pies, 
but the yam casserole was one I want to share with you.
However, it looks a lot like baby poop so I am not including the picture!
I promised the cook I wouldn't!
Heh, what do you expect, it's yams?!
It IS delicious though!

 Yam Casserole --she must have doubled this
2# yams
5 T. butter, divided
1/3 cup + 2 T. light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. dry light sherry
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced

Cook yams until soft, then peel.
Puree all EXCEPT apples and 3 T. butter.
Layer in following order in 9" baking dish sprayed with Pam: !/2 puree mixture, then apples, then remaining 1/2 puree.
Dot with 3 T. butter.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

I always make plenty of gravy so we'll be having a turkey pot pie this week with Bisquick biscuits, and the turkey carcass will be frozen for future turkey soup. 

You can get a lot of mileage out of one ole' bird!

Have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday. 

I'm playing mah jongg--yipee!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna, I just happened to be browsing by. I like this thought - hey, if we can have Christmas in July why not Thanksgiving in November... it sounds like a great way to just stay in touch with family & friends who may want to spend the holidays with their in-laws, etc.


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