11 March 2007

Reasons #378 and #379

The other day the wife cooked her first turkey. Someone from the church gave us a turkey, it was frozen and in a UPS box (I don't ask questions). Normally I usually brine and grill the turkey. But seeing that I could not get out of work early, the wife took over duties. She did a simple butter, salt and pepper rub under the skin and bacon grease on the outside skin, then baked it. Not too bad at all...

That night she also made her mom's famous hot rolls.

Here is the recipe:
2 cups of lukewarm water
2 tablespoons of yeast
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
1/4 cup of oil
4 and 1/4 cup of flour.

preheat oven to 450.

we use instant yeast.

combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt, then water and oil. mix well.

put on floured waxed paper and knead well. let rise about 1/2 hour (or double in size) Pinch out into greased muffins pan (clover leafs) let rise again until double in size. bake until golden brown. butter and serve. makes about 2 dozen

A couple of nights later the wife made a turkey pot pie with the leftovers, she used all the pan drippings (minus the fat) and a little leftover mashed potatoes to make the filling a little thicker. Trust me it was out of this world fantastic.

Here is the recipe:
Make your basic pie dough.
Took drippings, skimmed off fat
took teaspoons of fat to saute with celery and onions.

one celery stalk, diced
one small to medium onion, diced
one cup of peas
one medium carrot

after you saute take pour some water and add bay leaf. Take some of the hot liquid and dissolve mashed potatoes then add them back in.

fill pie shell

bake at 400 until browns then to 350 (total baking time 35-40 minutes.)

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