Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Favorites

Sorry!  No pics with this blog.  Check out the one prior to this for pics.  I wanted to share two of the recipes that I make every year for Thanksgiving.

This is my favorite stuffing recipe.  I could have a big bowl of this for Thanksgiving and be totally happy.  It's so easy, moist, and oh so good!  It was given to me by my Great Aunt Peggy.

Crock Pot Dressing
1 c. butter
2 c. chopped onion
2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. parsley sprigs
2 8oz. cans mushrooms, drained
12-13 c. bread, stale and cubed
2 well beaten eggs
1 t. poultry seasoning
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. sage
1 t. thyme
1/2 t. pepper
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. chicken broth

Melt butter in saucepan and saute celery and onion.  Stir in poultry seasoning, salt, sage, thyme, and pepper.  Put bread cubes in large bowl.  Pour butter mixture over top, add parsely and beaten eggs.  Mix together.  Pour in broth and mix.  Pack lightly into crock pot.  Cover.  Set on high for 45 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cook 4-8 hours.

These yeast rolls are wonderful!  I have made these now for so many holidays.  They can be easily turned into the best cinnamon rolls!  This was given to me by my cousin Linda.

Yeast Rolls
1/2 c. butter
1 c. warm water
1/2 c. sugar
scant salt
3 eggs
1 pkg. yeast mixed into 1/4 c. warm water
5 c. bread flour

Place butter and 1 c. warm water into bowl and microwave for 2 1/2 min.  Add sugar and salt and mix.  Mix in eggs.  Mix in yeast mixture.  Add flour.  Put warm damp cloth over mixture for 3-5 hours.  Should double in size and be airy.

Yeast Rolls:  Melt 1/2 c. butter.  Cut dough in half.  Roll out first half into circle.  Brush butter over top.  Cut into 12 wedges.  Roll up in crescent shape and brush with more butter on baking sheet.  Do same thing to second half.  Let raise 30-45 min.  Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 min or till lightly brown.  Brush with butter again. 

Cinnamon Rolls:  Melt 1/2 c. butter.  Cut dough in half.  Roll into rectangle.  Brush with butter.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over top.  (Don't skimp on cinnamon.)  Roll into tube shape.  Cut about 3" apart.  Place in greased pan and squish together.  Butter tops and let raise 30-45 min.  You can also place them on baking sheet so that they are not squished together.  If squished together bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 min.  If single bake 325 degrees 10 min.  Butter tops again when out of oven.

Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls:  I prefer mine without frosting as the frosting makes them too sweet.  But here is the recipe for those with a serious sweet tooth.
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
Beat all together with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  

For chocolate frosting add 3 T. cocoa into powdered sugar.

Hope you can enjoy these family recipes.  They are always a hit within our family.

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