November Food Hacks to be thankful for and make this Thanksgiving the best ever!
Fall is already in full swing…all your Halloween candy is gone to Trick or Treat-ers, along with the few favorites that you kept for yourself! Now it’s time to get ready for the month of November…and Thanksgiving. Your local Kuhn’s Markets want to give you some of our favorite tips on how to be prepared. These tips will hopefully help you survive Thanksgiving – and the month of November and beyond!
- Honestly, clean your oven. It’s very important to clean it in the beginning of the month so you don’t have a dirty oven right before the holidays.
- If you plan on mashing your potatoes from scratch, keep an apple with them. You should never store your apples and vegetables together (apples emit ethylene gases that can ripen other produce too quickly) but in this case, you may. The apple will keep your potatoes from sprouting as well as giving your potatoes an extended shelf life.
- Cool tip: Instead of allowing your leftover herbs to wilt at the bottom of your crisper, you can turn them into ice cubes (with water and olive oil) to keep them lasting longer. The ice will save your herbs for months and look beautiful in your fridge.
- Buy extra tupperware containers that you would not mind parting with for the holidays. Family will always end up taking containers with leftovers home and forget to bring them back. (Just a bit of advice from your Kuhn’s Market’s writer, Taylor)
- Refrigerators are prime real estate leading up to Thanksgiving, so it might be in your best interest to find some more room to keep your food safe. Use a cooler to brine your turkey overnight (don’t forget to add lots of ice!), or you can insulate a cooler with tinfoil to keep your warm foods really warm! If you are using it to keep hot food, don’t forget to put dish towels on the bottom to keep the cooler from melting. Source: http://bit.ly/2EzM9hs.
- Roasting racks are an important part of the bird cooking process to keep the heat circumventing appropriately. If you notice that you don’t have a roasting rack don’t fret! Just crumple up some tin foil into thick ropes and create a circle for your bird to sit on. If you are interested in a more natural route, place your bird on top of halved onions, celery stalks, and carrots! Source: http://bit.ly/2EzM9hs.
- One of the most disappointing moments of this holiday is when you realized you overcooked the turkey… But don’t worry! If you notice your turkey dry and overcooked, splash it with warm chicken broth to revive that dry bird. It’ll help moisten the meat all the while adding flavor. Source: http://bit.ly/2EzM9hs.
- When you cook your favorite pies, pie weights are necessary to keep your crust and top from rising too much. Cover your pie with tinfoil on top and then place pennies on the tinfoil. The weight of the coin change will keep your pie from getting puffy! Just…please don’t burn yourself on the hot change. Source: http://bit.ly/2EzM9hs.
Thanksgiving Hacks for which you will be Thankful!
Here’s some delicious and unconventional recipes to make for your Thanksgiving meal – or to WOW your family and friends with some delicious leftovers that just may become your next holiday tradition!
Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Are you unsure of what to do with your leftover mashed potatoes? Make these delicious fried mashed potato balls! Take your leftover mashed potatoes and add whatever meat you would like! The recipe suggests you add bacon, but turkey could potentially work too. Be wary: there is cheese in this recipe.
- 3 c. leftover mashed potatoes
- 3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp. Thinly sliced chives
- ½ tsp. Garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/3 pt. Panko bread crumbs
- In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes with cooked bacon, cheddar, chives, and garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Place eggs and panko in separate shallow bowls. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop 1” to 2” balls of mashed potato mixture. Roll into a ball in your hands, then dredge fast in egg and then in panko. Repeat until all of the mashed potatoes are used.
- Heat 3” of oil in a large cast iron skillet until candy thermometer reads 375°. Fry potato balls in batches until golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and season immediately with more salt.
Mini Garlic Monkey Bread
Everyone loves bread, and everyone REALLY loves garlic bread. To make these tiny garlic bread bites all you need is 10 minutes and a few things lying around your kitchen. All you need is: Buttermilk Biscuit mix, unsalted butter, grated parmesan, garlic, oregano, dried basil, parsley, and salt.
- 1 (16-ounce) tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12-cup standard muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray.
- Cut each of the 8 biscuits into eighths, making 64 pieces.
- In a large bowl, whisk together butter, Parmesan, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley and salt, reserving 2 tablespoons; set aside. Stir in biscuit pieces and gently toss to combine.
- Drop 5-6 pieces into each muffin cup. Using your fingertips, gently press the last piece in the center.
- Place into oven and bake until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
- Serve immediately, brushed with remaining butter mixture.
Pumpkin Pie Popsicles (Source: https://bit.ly/2pUW8Uf)
If you’re a fan of everything pumpkin flavored, you can make these delicious popsicles. The cool thing about this popsicle recipe is that the pumpkin and cream part separate, so you get a duality of flavor. This wonderful recipe will make 4 incredible popsicles, so if you want to make more, just double the recipe.
- 8 ounces of Goats Milk, fat free Greek yogurt, unsweetened Coconut Milk or any milk you desire.
- 3 ounces unsweetened pumpkin puree.
- ½ dropper full of Vanilla Stevia Drops, Honey or Maple Syrup to taste
- ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- In a bowl mix together all ingredients well.
- Add sweetener to taste.
- Pour into popsicle molds or dixie cups with about 1/4 inch room at the top.
- Lay a sheet of foil on top of the pop mild and poke sticks through.
- Freeze for about 2 hours or until frozen solid. Gently remove pops from molds.
Cornbread Jalapeno Poppers
These creations are nothing short of divine. The mixture of tastes really makes for something creative and delicious. Try them out this thanksgiving instead of giving out regular cornbread and butter! All you need is: flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, salted butter, sugar, eggs, honey, jalapenos, and cheese! Check out the full recipe here, and make sure not to overcook!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt.
- In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, sugar, eggs and honey. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist. Add jalapenos and cheese, and gently toss to combine.
- Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
If you want a small taste of turkey before Turkey day, try something as simple as this delicious take on avocado toast. Just add avocado turkey, bacon, mayo, salt, and pepper to a toasted bread of your choice. This can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and even a light snack.
Whisk ½ cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of chopped chives, and salt and pepper. Spread on toast rounds and top with shredded leftover roasted turkey, sliced avocado and crumbled bacon. Drizzle with olive oil.
Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream
If you have leftover cranberry sauce, you can turn it into a fun ice cream treat!
Take a pint of ice cream and scoop half of it into a baking dish. Then take your leftover cranberry sauce and plop it onto the ice cream. You don’t have to worry about it being even. Then take the leftover ice cream and spread it over top. Then you can swirl the layers together with a knife, to give it a marble effect. Voila! You have delicious cranberry sauce ice cream.
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